It’s back and don’t we love it. The weekend started on a perfect Friday night when our under 9’s & 11 sides playing Willaston under lights on Gawler Oval. The Under 9 Black award winners were Jack Jolly, James Starr, Zy Longman and Lachlan Johnston. The Gold sides award winners were Lachlan Hall, Tyler Kemble-Jones, Kobe Sykes and Ashton Rix. In the Under 11’s the Black side went down to the Willaston boys better players were Emerson Massey, Kyua Reed, Josh Boxall and Ludorue Tligi. The Gold side had a better result getting up over Willaston with better players being Jack Starr, Ryan Menz, Cameron Vardy & Liam Cormack.

The Tigers hosted the Willaston Donnybrooks on Saturday and had a great day. We saw the U13’s take to the field in the first game for points and what a great result it was winning by 32 points. Awards were presented to Josh Harris, Nate Oldman, Jarrad Dieckmann and Ryan Dieckmann.

Next to take the field was the Under 15’s who fought valiantly against a much stronger Willaston outfit. With 4 or 5 players still eligible for Under13’s the boys didn’t give up and played the game out to the finish. Better players for the Tigers were Austin Hill, Jack Nicholls, Blake Marsden and Sam Griffiths

Fielding 5 under 15’s the 17’s struggled against a much stronger and more polished Donnybrooks side. Coach Andrew Wright was very pleased about the was the way the boys fought the game out kicking 3 of their 4 goals in the last quarter, it showed great character and gives the team something to build on. Best for the Tigers was Jacob Marsden who has a great future in the game. Others to play well were Sam Dowden, Jake Needham, Trent Copeland and Lachlan Corbin.

The Reserves flew out of the blocks and powered away from the Donnybrooks leading by 56 points at half time. The game evened up a little in the second half but the Tigers were never in danger and ran out winners by the half time margin. With a big turnover of players in the off-season supporters weren’t quite sure of what to expect 5 goal to nil first quarter put paid to that. Captain Jason Ashton led from the front and was judged our best player. Others to show early season form were veteran Kyle Hummel, Dylan Hewett (controlled the ruck all day), Adam Byster, veteran Simon Marsden and Aaron Fox (4 goals).

Before the A grade match we saw a very moving ANZAC memorial service carried out by the local RSL. With the teams (football & netball) lining up on both sides of the centre square you could have heard a pin drop in the outer. When the football started it was the Tigers who got away to a handy 3 goal margin but there was only 8 points in it at quarter time. The second quarter saw some great football from both sides and the Tigers held a hard fought 22 point lead at the long break. The third was much like the second but in the last our better ball movement through the centre of the ground saw us draw away to a 44 point win. Charlie Molyneux was at his brilliant best and was the unanimous winner of the RSL ANZAC Medal & he was clearly our best player. Other players to play well were Andrew Wright, Tyson Duffield, Trey Mason (still eligible for under 17’s and playing his first A grade game), Luke Edwards and Daniel Stanley. Coach Matt Whelan was very pleased with the run from his chargers and in particular the form of the 4 first A grade game players.

This week we head up to Angaston to play the Panthers & this is never an easy game. After Saturday’s results every Tiger supporter should be keen to go & see the side do it’s thing again – you will not be disaapointed.

Diary Dates:
April 29th – Vs Angaston at Angaston
May 6th – Vs Tanunda at home

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