The weekend got off to a chilly but fine start against old foes South Gawler at Gawler Oval on Friday night. Our Under 9’s and 11’s played against teams from South Gawler. The Under 9 Gold team award recipients were Tyler Kemble-Jones, Johan Tligi, Will Seaton. Lucas Price, Joshy Green and Connor Assender. The Black team’s award winners were Jack Starr, James Starr, Hayden Rosensweig, Callum Vivian and Zy Longman. In the Under 11’s our Black side had the bye this weekend. The Gold side had a good win against the South Gawler team in what was another very strong performance. Award winners were Dean Saunders, Liam Cormack, Connor Guinan, Kyua Reed, Jayden Mullan, Janas Stankevicious, Mitchell Tidswell. Louis Rixn and Logoh Tligi.

Saturday morning saw the Under 13’s played the first game on the main oval and lost to the South Gawler side by 10 points in a very entertaining game. The better players for the Tigers were Hayden Johnson, Dan Allan, Kye Demarchi, Shannon Willis and Boyd Worsden.

In the under 15’s our lads played some terrific football but unfortunately fell short by 29 points against the Lion’s youngsters. In the first round our lads were beaten by almost 100 points against the South boys so Saturday’s result just shows how far the lads have come over the last 10 weeks or so. Better players for the Tigers were Ross Grady, Vincenzo Ienco, Jacob Marsden, Thomas Cameron, Jarrod Fisher, Kai Mason, and Corey Smith.

The 17’s game finished up being was a very tight affair with the Tigers getting over the line by 1 goal. Up by 5 goals at half time the Tigers were doing it easy but the South lads fought back kicking 4 goals to nil in the 3rd quarter. This set up a great last quarter with both sides kicking a goal each in a titanic struggle. Better players for the Tigers were Captain courageous Hayden Reynolds, Alex Robertson who again controlled the ruck contests all day, Ben Clark, Brodi Mathews, Trey Mason and Owen John (5 goals).

In the Reserves we saw the Tigers have a strong win against a very determined Lions outfit to the tune of 44 points. With 9 goal kickers the Tigers had enough scoring power to withstand everything the Lions through at them. In general field play the Tigers were just a little cleaner than the South boys and that was enough for them to create more opportunities to score. Jordan Purdie is playing some great football off half back giving his forwards plenty of the football and was judged the sides best. Others to play well for the Tigers were Matt Phillips, Paul Bova (6 goals), Adam Byster, Kris Cussion and Lee Corneliusen.

From the first bounce it was plain to see the Lions had come to play and they hassled the Tigers all around the ground. The South team kicked the first 4 goals of the game & looked the goods. The Tigers slowly worked themselves into the game and eventually hit the front in the second quarter. At the long break most Tiger supporters thought their team would break the game open in the 3rd but the Lions hung in there and made them earn a hard fought victory by 39 points. Craig Jamar again controlled the ruck giving the Tigers onballers first use of the ball and was easily best on ground. Brad Mercer had another great day kicking 7 goals. Others to play well for the Tigers were Casey Thomas and Matt Gibson who controlled the back line, Kirk Heberle who is having a great season and Ryan Wenham. The win also meant the Tigers retained the Tom Symes Cup.

We have this week off because of the Zone Carnival in Port Lincoln. The following week we venture to Kapunda to take on the Bombers on their own patch. They are always hard up there so we will need all our supporters there to help get the boys over the line.

Diary Dates:
July 16th vs Kapunda at Kapunda
July 23rd vs Tanunda at home – 1889 Club reunion – see Damian Brook for information.

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