On a fine, cool Friday night in front of a bumper crowd round 17 started under lights at Gawler Oval for the Tigers against across town rivals Willaston. It was great night of junior football and thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd – unfortunately no results are available.
The under 13’s started the action on the main oval 3 hours later than normal due to the night game for the A grade match. It was great game of football with both sides giving a very account of themselves – unfortunately no results are available.
In the under 15’s our lads played their best football for the season when they completely outclassed the Willaston boys. This game showed just how far these boys have come this year – Willaston defeated the Tigers in their earlier game this year and on Saturday the Tigers won by 112 points. Better players for the Tigers were Jacob Marsden, Ross Grady, Vince Ienco, Kai Mason, Jarrod Fisher and Zac Demarchi, .
After the first quarter the 17’s really struggled against a very well drilled and competitive Willaston outfit. The Donnybrook boys ran hard at the ball and the body and the Tigers struggled to compete with the Willaston boy’s intensity. It was lad’s biggest defeat of the year and they now have a few weeks to work through what went wrong before they take the Donnybrooks on in the second semi-final. Better players for the Tigers were Hayden Reynolds, Brad Pilkington, Trey Mason, Alex Robertson, Brodi Mathews and Ben Clark.
For the Reserves it wasn’t much more than a training drill right from the first bounce. With winners on every line the Tigers ran riot as the Willaston team struggled to get passed the center of the ground. In the end the margin was 149 points was probably a pretty fair indication of game. The Tigers had good players all over the ground with Brandon Downie, Rhys Kalic, Jamie Wegener (4 goals), Lee Corneliusen, Jordan Purdie and Adam Byster (4 goals) the best of them.
Trailing by a goal at quarter time the Tigers new they were in for a tough game against a very determined Donnybrook side. Things turned around for the Tigers after quarter time and the game never looked in danger from the long break. Running out winners by 66 points was a true reflection of the game with the Tigers just having more class around the ground. Sean Brading set the game alight with some breathtaking runs down the ground and had the ball on a string for most of the day. Others to play well were Kalon Heintze, Brad Mercer (7 goals), Kyle Wurst, Ben Walter and Craig Taylor.
This week we head to play Nuriootpa at Nuriootpa in the battle of the Tigers. Nuri have had a tough year but they are always competitive on their own deck and they will be looking to finish the year off with a win. Get over to Nuri & help get the real Tigers over the line.
We are hosting the 1st Semi Final at Willaston in 2 weeks time and we will be looking for volunteers to help in the canteen and the bar. This is a big fund raising day for the club so your help is vital. Please contact any Committee person if you are able to assist.
Diary Dates:
August 20th versus Nuriootpa at Nuriootpa.
August 27th 1st Semi Final at Willaston
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