Saturday we saw the BL & G celebrate Anzac Day at all grounds & we ventured to South Gawler to play the Lions. It was also the first games for the Under 9’s & 11’s for 2016. Our 9’s & 11’s played South Gawler on Friday night. The Under 9 Gold team award recipients were Craig Brunato, Ashton Rix, Josh Pickering, Will Seaton and Jayden Carmody. The Black team’s award recipients were Archer Butler, Kane De La Perrelle, Zy Longman, Henry Roeger and Daniel Boxall.
The Under 13’s played the first game on the main oval Saturday morning and had an enthralling tussle against the South Gawler side. Although the boys fell short by 19 points they showed how they are improving with every game with their kicking skills definitely on the improve. The better players for the Tigers were Connor O’Donnell, Shannon Willis, Tom Chamberlain, Boys Worden and Jarrad Dieckmann.
In the under 15’s our lads tried hard all day and hung in the match until the final siren. Co-Coach Andrew Wright was pleased that the lads are trying to implement what they are being taught at training. With so many youngsters in the side, up from last year’s 13’s, it is going to take a few weeks for them to pick up the pace and physicality of playing in a higher grade. The Tigers better players were Ross Grady, Josh Needham, Lachlan Wilson, Tyler Kemp, Jacob Marsden and Dylan McGrath.
The 17’s had a spirited match against a determined Lion’s side in what was a terrific game of football. The lads trailed at the long break by 2 points but took control of the game in the third quarter and continued the dominance in the last to run out winners by 20 points. Stand in Coach Kym Hermann was pleased with the boys endeavor and has high hopes for the rest of the season. Best for the Tigers was Brodie Mathews who has plenty of ability and is starting to live up to it. Others to play well were Zac Gupta, Hayden Reynolds, Trey Mason, Ben Clark and Michael Geracitano.
Half time of the Reserves it looked like another 10 goal win coming up but the Lions had other ideas. The Tigers had complete control of the game at half time leading by over 6 goals but from that point to the final siren they only managed 1 more major while the Lions kicked 6. The boys held on to win by 8 points in a lack lustre affair. Hayden Schliothe was consistent all day and was judged the best for the Tigers. Others to play well were Beau Mason, Tyson Duffield and Adam Byster.
The pundits had the Tigers clear favorites in the A’s but as usual when we play the Lions it never normally turns out that way. The match was fierce all day with plenty of hard tackles and heavy bumps by both sides. The lead fluctuated in the first half and the Tigers got their noses in front in a tight second half. Up by a couple of goals at 3 quarter time the Tigers held on in the last to win by 28 points. Not a pretty win, but 2 points is 2 points. Matt Gibson was superb at full back all day and made some bone crushing tackles on his South opponents and was named the best player for the Tigers. Brad Mercer (7 goals), Craig Taylor, Daniel Stanley, Cameron Reynolds and Craig Jamar were also high on the best players list. Congratulations to Craig Taylor for being awarded the Anzac Day Medal.
This week we host Kapunda in our first night match of the season. Remember all football matches start 3 hours after normal starting times with the A’s getting underway at 5.20pm. Netball matches will be at normal times. The Club will be open from 1.30pm with the Crows match being shown live on the big screen. The club will be using the Greyhound facility this week and this will be open from 4.30pm – teas will be served from 6pm. We need all our supporters to come along and help get the Tigers over the line against the Bombers.

Diary Dates:
April 30th – Night game vs Kapunda at home – club open from 1.30 with the Crows game on the big screen.
May 7th – Away vs Tanunda – Shuffle Night at the club.

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