Saturday we ventured to Angaston for 2nd Semi Final day when we had 2 netball teams and 3 football sides fighting it out for a place in the 2016 Grand Final in 2 week’s time.

Over at the oval our under 17’s started the day’s proceedings for the Tigers against the lads from Willaston. In what were the worse conditions of the day with driving rain and a strong wind blowing down the ground the lads were in touch at half time trailing by a mere 3 points. In the second half the Donnybrooks took control to eventually run out winners by 30 points. Brad Pilkington was judged the Tigers best player with Trent Copeland, Jack Hamilton, Cooper Slate, Owen John and Brandon Kemp also playing well.

A slow first quarter by the Tiger’s Reserves saw them trail by 4 goals at quarter time with Kapunda kicking 5 of their game tally of 6 in that quarter. The Tiger lads fought on gallantly for the remaining 3 quarters only to fall agonising short by the barest margin of 1 point. Youngster Jamie Wagener was clearly the side’s best player with Ryan Wenham, Reece Kalic, Brandon Downie and Matt Neville also making the best player list.

Over at the netball courts, the Senior 2’s took on Angaston in a tight tussle which saw Angaston break into the lead by half time by 5 goals and whilst the Tiger gals fought hard and got the margin back to a mere 2 goals in the fourth quarter, the final winning margin to Angaston was 4 goals at game end. Next up we had the Senior 3’s versus Barossa with the game starting out very even with scores all tied at end of first quarter, but with some positional changes in the Barossa team, left our Tiger gals struggling and trailing behind at game end. Both the 2’s and 3’s will now get a second chance for Grand Final participation with both to play in this coming week’s Preliminary final.

In what was probably the best conditions of the day the football A’s took on the Tanunda Magpies and what a game it turned out to be. Kicking with a very strong breeze the Tigers struggled to get a score on the board against the hard running Tanunda side. Unfortunately for the Tigers Charlie Molyneux left the ground with a season ending knee injury early in the first quarter and they struggled to cover his loss. The margin for either side never got past 3 goals and at the end of full time the scores were locked up. 2 halves of 5 minutes saw an enthralling battle which in the end saw the Tigers get over the line by 5 points in what was one of the best finals seen in the BL & G for many years. Kyle Wurst was in everything from the first bounce and was named the Tigers best. Daniel Stanley’s first game for 6 weeks was a beauty, Corey Solly controlled the centre in the second half, Casey Thomas made a great contribution both forward and back all day, Kalon Heintze hit the body and ball hard as he always does and Craig Taylor just kept going even though he was heavily tagged.

Congrats to both Jake Asher on his 200th game and also Jason Blakemore on his 100th – great effort guys!

So to this coming weekend and the Preliminary final where the Club will be represented in netball with the Senior 7’s @ midday, then both Senior 2’s and 6’s@ 1.30pm, followed @ 3pm by the Senior 3 & 5’s. Over on the oval the Club has the Under 17’s doing battle with Tanunda while the Reserves will play South Gawler for the right of passage to the Grand Final. All supporters needed to encourage our teams to take out the wins to take them into the Grand final also – hope to see you all out at Freeling to enjoy the action!

Diary Dates:
September 17th – Grand Final @ Willaston
September 18th – 100 Club draw @ The Club
September 21st – Junior Netball Presentation Night @ The Club for both Junior teams and both Intermediate teams, 6pm start.
October 15th – Senior Presentation Night: Formal night @ The Club – Tickets available soon
As usual – keep an eye on acebook for all the latest & other dates.