On the weekend we hosted the Barossa Bulldogs with the A grade being a replay of last year’s grand final. The weekend started on Friday night with both the Under 9 Black & Gold sides putting in strong performances. The Black side award winners were Daniel Boxall, Archer Butler, Harvey Iredale, Luca Renshaw and Henry Roeger. The Gold team award winners being Lachlan Hall, Connor Gammie, Harrison Chambers, Jordan Anspach and Ashton Rix. In the Under 11’s the Black side lost due to a slow start and after a rev up by the coach at half time they put in a much better second half but just fell short. Award winners were Cody Pickering, Craig Brunato, Emerson Massey, Jayden Maurits and Josh Boxall. The Gold side went down in a thriller and 8 of our players showed great sportsmanship to volunteer to play for an undermanned opposition. Award winners were Zaden Walton, Mitchell Gammie, Cooper Luckman, Corey Benwell and Hayden Rozenzweig.
Saturday morning saw the Tiger’s under 13’s take on the undefeated Bulldogs outfit in a great game of football. The boys were right in the game down by a solitary goal at 3 quarter time but the Barossa side hit their straps in the last quarter to run out winners by 23 points.. Awards were presented to Boyd Worden, Harry Hutchins, Seth Claxton, Jayden Balacco and Ryan Dieckmann. Next to take the field was the Under 15 side and they jumped out of the blocks and were never threatened by the Bulldogs side. In the end they ran out winners by 45 points in what was their best win for the season. Ross Grady continued his great form and was easily the best player on the ground. Others to play well for were Lachie Wilson, Sam Griffiths, Austin Hill, Clayton Burrows and Tyler Kemp.
The 17’s were right in the game at half time trailing by only 1 goal at the long break. Unfortunately they let the game slip in the last half and finally went down by 23 points in a very good game on junior football. Best player for the Tigers was Jacob Marsden who is having an outstanding season. Lachlan Corbin, Michael Geracitano, Owen John, Jarryd Fisher and Trent Copeland also played well.
Still down on numbers the Reserves toiled manfully against a strong Bulldogs side. The final margin of 49 points wasn’t a true indication of the game with the Tigers having plenty of forward possession but just couldn’t score. Veteran Simon Marsden was judged our best for his tireless work trying to stem the forward Bulldog trusts. Others to play well were Rhys Oxenham, Michael Davis, Paul Searle, Aaron Fox and Brandon Swan.
In the A’s on paper it seemed how far the Bulldogs but someone forgot to tell the young Tigers that was the case. The Tigers held the undefeated Bulldogs goalless in the first quarter and led by 21 points at the long break. Losing Charlie Molyneux half way through the second quarter didn’t seem a great omen for the Tigers but the side pulled together and held a slender 1 point margin at the last break. A nip & tuck last quarter saw scores level when the final siren sounded. It was a classic game of Aussie Rules and in the end a draw was a fair result. Corey Solly had the hardest job in BL & G football in controlling Darren Shillabeer and what a great job he did at it. He was judged the Tigers best with Andrew Wright, Tyson Duffield, Daniel Stanley, Jamie Wegener and Kyle Wurst also playing very well.
Congratulations to Clint “Guru” Hill on playing his 250th A grade game for the Tigers on Saturday – truly one of the great club men in the club’s history.
This week we play second placed side Kapunda at home. This will be another test for the young Tigers but after Saturday no one will take them for granted. Get down to the dog track & support the boys it will be great game of football.
June 24 – vs Kapunda at home
July 1 – vs Willaston at Willaston
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