A fine cool Friday night started round 14 for the Tigers against the Tanunda Magpies. Our under 9’s & 11’s played against sides from Tanunda. The Under 9 Gold side awards went to Will Seaton, Jayden Reed, Lachlan Hall, Cody Pickering, Thomas Tligi and Jayden Carmody. The Black team’s award winners were Henry Roeger, Harrison Schubert, Jake Eime, Boyd Sandery and Aidan Schubert. In the Under 11’s our Black side put in a courageous effort and never gave up but just fell short in what was a great team effort. Award winners were Ryan Dieckmann, Bryan Hicks, Oscar King, Conner McAskill, William Evans and James Spicer. The Gold side had good win against the other Tanunda team in what was another very strong performance. Award winners were Ryan Menz, Angus Daking, Zachery Mullan, Shaun O’Donnell, Hudson Vivian, Brendon Barlow and Dean Saunders.

Saturday morning saw the Under 13’s start the action on the main oval and won by 29 points in a very strong performance from the lads. The better players for the Tigers were Shawn Greenwood, Blake Marsden, Tommy Chamberlain, Jake Niutta, Jordan Barlow and Kye Demarchi.

In the under 15’s our lads played the fourth placed side and led at half time by 9 points after playing some great football. The second half saw the Magpie boys lift their game to eventually run out winners by 34 points in what was a very entertaining game. Better players for the Tigers were Ross Grady, Jacob Marsden, Zac Dermarchi, Jaye Mathews (3 goals), Jarrod Fisher and Kai Mason.

The 17’s game was a tight struggle all day with the Tigers only up by 3 points at half time. The Magpie boys had come to play and made the Tigers earn a very hard earned victory. In the end the boys got over the line by 14 points. Coach Lane was very happy with the lads endeavor and the fact they hung in and won the game. Better players for the Tigers were Michael Geracitano, Zac Gupta, Alex Robertson, Blake Lane (5 goals), Trent Copeland and Brodie Mathews.

The Reserves bounced back after last’s week’s loss with a great win against the 3rd placed Tanunda side. With good players on every line a Tiger victory never really looked in doubt from the end of the first quarter. Better players for the Tigers were Jordan Neat who was outstanding at half forward and was named best with Brandon Downie, Rhys Kalic, Jamie Wegener, Adam Byster (6 goals) and Beau Mason also playing well.

On paper and in the minds of some Tiger supporters the A’s was a real danger game. With a number of top players missing and coming up against a Tanunda side playing well the pressure was on the leaders of the side to show the way forward and that they did. The Tigers hit the ground running with winners around the fall of the ball they never gave the Magpies a look in. Brad Mercer had another day out kicking 11 goals (84 season to date) from 13 shots and was easily the best player on the ground. Others to play well for the Tigers were Kyle Wurst getting better every week, Charlie Molyneux, Matt Gibson best defender in the league, Joel Latimer and Cooper Stoll. Congratulations to Steven (Motor) Gladigau (100 A grade games, Charlie Molyneux and Ryan Wenham (both 50 A grade games).

Congratulations to the 1889 Club Committee for their organisation of Saturday’s reunion day. It was a great day and very well attended by past players and administrators. This week we head off to Freeling to play the Redlegs on their home deck. Saturday night is the Comedy Night at Saint Brigids Hall – tickets are still available from Committee members – get a table together it will be a great night!

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