On the weekend we ventured across the river to take on the Willaston Donnybrooks on their own patch. The weekend started on a very chilly Friday night at Willaston with both the Under 9 Black & Gold sides putting in strong performances & played some great football. The Black side award winners were Archer Butler, Kane De La Perrelle, Jordy Harbers, Harrison Schubert and Izaac Wait. The Gold team award winners being Kobe Sykes, Harrison Chambers, Joshua Pickering. Thomas Tligi and Jordan Anspach. In the Under 11’s the Black side battled hard all night. The Gold side played very well in the very chilly conditions. Award winners were Hayden Rosenzweig, Caleb Sykes, Cameron Vardy, Mitchell Tidswell, Zander Walton and Ethan Demarchi.
Saturday morning saw the Tiger’s under 13’s take on the much improved Willaston outfit. The lads dug deep and played some good football to score a good win by 19 points. Awards were presented to Ryan Dieckmann, Hudson Vivian, Jordan Tucker, Josh Harris, Jarrad Dieckmann and Dan Allan. Next to take the field was the Under 15 side and they fought manfully against the stronger Willaston side. The team outscored the Willaston boys in the last quarter which pleased Coach Nicholls but fell short by 17 points. Sam Griffiths had a great game and was named the sides best player. Others to play well for were Lachie Wilson, Ross Grady, Kahleb Warren, Clayton Burrows and Jaye Mathews (3 goals).
The 17’s struggled against the league’s top side. Although they never gave up the boys were no match for the Donnybrook side. Best player for the Tigers was Kane Ford who is improving with every game he plays. Josh Needham, Michael Geracitano, Jacob Marsden, Connor Mannon and Sam Dowden also played well.
Fielding 3 under 17’s the Reserves finished up having a comfortable win by 36 points although it took the last quarter to pull away from the hard working Willaston side. One of the new boys to the side Corey Nesbitt was judged our best in his best game for the club. Others to play well were Michael Davis, Kyle Hummel, Jason Ashton, Matt Knight, and Josh Needham.
In the A’s it seemed like a close game was always in store and that’s how it turned out except it took the Tigers until the last quarter to really hit their straps. Losing Daniel Stanley before the match didn’t help the side but the boys came out & after a slow start got their act together late in the quarter. In the second quarter the lads flew out of the blocks & hit the lead half way through the quarter with youngster Blayke Lane kicking 4 of his 5 goals this quarter. The third quarter saw us fall 7 goals behind at the last break & all seemed lost. In the last the Tigers kicked 5 goals 7 to Willaston 1 point to fall agonisingly short by 6 points. For the second game in a row it was young gun Jamie Wegener who was judged our best player. Jamie is relishing his move to the centre of the ground & is continually forcing the ball forward. Other to play well were Trey Mason, Corey Solly, Blayke Lane (5 Goals), Adam Clutton and Casey Thomas.
Congratulations to the Football Committee on the appointment of Matt Whelan as coach for next season – this was a no-brainer and certainly the way forward for the club.
This week we have another bye to the Zone Football carnival. The following week we host Angaston.
July 8 – no football or netball.
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