The weekend got off to a great start on a very mild autumn eveing when our Under 9’s and 11’s played their first home games of the season under lights against teams from Kapunda. The Under 9 Gold team award recipients were Zac Seaton, Iudorve T’Ligi, Joshua Green, Tyler Kemble-Jones and Aden Heberle. The Black team’s award winners were Daniel Boxall, Jake Emie, Jack Jolly, Luca Renshaw and Harrison Schubert. In the Under 11’s Black game the team came up against a strong Kapunda side and the team’s ability to work the ball into space earnt them a good victory, award winners were Nare Oldman, Ryan Dieckmann, Josh Harris, Liam Rowland and Connor McAskill. The Gold side also had a fine win to start their year off against a determined Bomber’s side. Their award winners were Mitchell Tidswell, Cameron Kerr, Shaun O’Donnell, Louis Rix and Jayden Mullan.

Saturday saw the first night game of the season for the A grade so all football matches started 3 hours later than normal. The Under 13’s played the first game on the main oval and ran out convincing winners by 40 points. The better players for the Tigers were Trent O’Brien, Blake Marsden, Tom Allen, Max Gray and Jake Niutta.
In the under 15’s our lads led all game in what turned out to be a one-sided affair. The Kapunda boys fought hard but were outclassed by the Tiger youngsters. First year coaches Luke Edwards and Andrew Wright are about teaching the boys football skills and you can see them improving with every game they play. The Tigers better players were Vinnie Ienco, Jacob Marsden, Connor Mannion, Tom Cameron, Jai de la parrelle and Josh Needham.
The 17’s welcomed back coach Tom Lane with a 27 + goal victory against a hard trying Kapunda outfit. The Tigers had winners all over the ground and were far too accomplished for their opposition. Best for the Tigers were hard to pick in a very even performance. Sam Dowden had a day out and was named our best player. Others to play well were Zac Gupta, Hayden Reynolds, Trey Mason, Brodie Mathews and Alex Robertson.

With a strong wind blowing across the ground the Reserves from both sides struggled to handle the conditions in what was a messy game of football. The closeness of the scores kept the spectators interested right up to the final few minutes and it saw the Tigers hold on to win by 11 points. One of the highlights of the match was the form of young ruckman Tyson Duffield. He dominated the centre bounces and took marks all over the ground. Others to play well were Ryan Wenham (3 goals), Beau Mason, Jordan Purdie, Jason Ashton and Rhys Kalic.

10 minutes into the second quarter of the A’s and the Tigers looked gone for all money – 6 goals down and struggling to get a hand on the ball it didn’t look good. From that point on the Tigers took control and got back into the game to trail by 3 goals at the long break. An 8 goal to 1 third quarter saw the home side put the game beyond doubt. The Bombers will win more than they lose in 2016. Daniel Stanley was superb all day and defied the conditions with his ball control by both foot and hand and was named the best player for the Tigers. Brad Mercer (8 goals), Corey Solly, Kirk Heberle, Cameron Reynolds and Andrew Wright were also high on the best players list. Congratulations to Daniel Stanley and partner Kim on the birth of their daughter.

This week we head to Tanunda in what hasn’t been our favorite hunting ground over the last decade. The Magpies have had a solid start to the season and after a very strong win on the weekend will be looking to inflict the first loss of the season to the Tigers. We need all our supporters top get to the game and support the lads.

This Saturday night we have the Shuffle Night on at the club beginning at 7.30pm. There will be discounted drinks on sale from 7pm until 9pm so get there early and get your song choice into Luke or Andrew.

Diary Dates:
May 7th – away vs Tanunda – Shuffle Night at the club.
May 14th – home vs Freeling.

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