Match Day 2 was finally confirmed at 7:30 am Saturday morning after a week of heavy rain and you could hear the cheers from Engadine to Sutherland after the announcement. There were some tough match-ups for the Tigers in the Saturday games and U7 Blue team was not looking forward to meeting the Sharks again, after seemingly playing them every week since April. It was another pleasing round for the Tigers, with some strong team performances and some fantastic individual efforts.
We would like to thanks all the clubs for hosting us this morning and thank you to the Tigers Coaches, Trainers and Managers for supporting your teams and the Tigers club. Thanks to all the parents for sharing your photos and videos-it really helps when putting the reports together. GO TIGERS
U6 Yellow Tigers 56 V De La Salle 44
The U6 Yellow team turned in another memorable performance outlasting a determined De La Salle team to win by 12 points. Sonny Faughey and Jake McMillan scored 4 tries apiece and their pace was just too hot for the De La Salle team to contain. Joshua Dart, Hendrix Austin, Layken Koprivic and Bodhi Preen all played well, making some strong runs and important tackles. Arlo Gibbons and Hendrix Crawley finished off the Tigers scoring with 3 tries each and were a constant threat always finding gaps in the De La Salle defence. Arlo Gibbons was Player of the Game for his try scoring and running and Hendrix Crawley won the Spirit Award for his all round game and effort. Bodhi Preen won the Encouragement Award and had his best game in a Tigers shirt. The U6 have won their first two games of the season and look forward to playing Joeys at home next week.
Player of the Game: Arlo Gibbons
Encouragement Award: Bodhi Preen
Tigers Spirit Award: Hendrix Crawley
U7 Green Tigers 40 V Pirates 52
This was a close game with the Pirates pulling away in the second and third quarters scoring 7 tries to the Tigers 3 and ultimately winning the game by a 3 try margin. The Tigers showed great improvement from Round 1 despite the loss and the boys tackled well and made some strong runs in the face of some amazing defence by the Pirates. Logan Estcourt and Malachi Kane played well and Zach May had a strong game despite not getting on the score-sheet. Try scorers for the Tigers were Aston Gibbons with 4, Max Horne with 3, Hayden Walker with 2 and 1 to Levi Horne. Hayden Walker was awarded Player of the Game with Logan Estcourt Spirit, and Malachi Kane Encouragement, being the other award winners. The Green team meet the Titan at home next week and the team will be looking to secure their first win of the season.
Player of the Game: Hayden Walker
Encouragement Award: Malachi Kane
Tigers Spirit Award: Logan Estcourt
U7 Blue Tigers 12 V Sharks 84
There was a collective groan from the U7 Blue team when this week's fixtures were announced as the Sharks are a strong, fast paced outfit that are difficult to contain. Despite the score line we couldn't fault the effort shown by the Blues and what was most pleasing was the players kept going until the final whistle and nobody dropped their head. Tigers try scorers were Charlotte Dart, Roseanna Yang and Lachlan Couley with 1 apiece. Lachlan Couley was Player of the Game on his debut and he had a great game for his new club. Hunter Welfare with the Spirit award and Toby Hampson with the Encouragement award had strong games and always tried to make tackles against a strong Sharks attack. Hudson Amor, and Kade Jones played well and the Blue team will be looking forward to meeting Aquinas next week.
Player of the Game: Lachlan Couley
Encouragement Award: Toby Hampson
Tigers Spirit Award: Hunter Welfare
U11 Bronze Tigers 38 V Como Crocs 16
Another strong performance from the Bronze team to make it two wins to start the season. This was a good win for the Tigers against a strong and physical Como team and will give the boys stacks of confidence for the season ahead. Arlo Hankinson (3), Lewis Amesbury (2), Max Cooper and Levi Dawson with 1 apiece were the try scorers for the Tigers who always look as if they can put on a score from anywhere across the park. Although we are only two games into the season, the Bronze team is playing well, with everyone playing their part and contributing at different times throughout the game. Leo Giovenco is nursing a sore head after a big hit and his runs at the defence have been a real positive for the team as it keeps us going forward and creates holes in the defensive line. Levi Dawson was awarded Player of the Game and he directed the team around the park and was strong in attack when he had the opportunity. The Tigers play the Roosters at home next week which promises to be a tough game as they have also won their first two matches.
U11 Silver Tigers 10 V Joeys 12
This game had everything and proved to be a real nail-biter right up to the final second when the Tigers had a chance to steal the game but missed the opportunity to score. The Tigers trailed 12-0 at one stage and did a great job to just get back in the game. Tries to Jack Nolan and Arlo Hankinson brought the score back to 12-10 and unfortunately we missed a conversion to tie the scores. It was a good effort from the team and Arlo Hankinson, Hudson Lane and Dylan Sammut all had strong games willing their team mates forward in search of a try. Unfortunately a score was just out of reach and I'm sure the team will be kicking themselves for not taking anything from the game. Next week doesn't get any easier with a home game against an in-form Sharks outfit but a win might just give the boys some confidence and get the season back on track.
U12 Gold Bosco/Tigers 0 V Cronulla-Caringbah 44
This is the second week the merged Bosco/Tigers team has been kept scoreless and confirms the step-up to Gold can be challenging. You couldn't fault the players for their effort and they will be looking to not only get on the board with a try next week against the Dragons but also a win.
U14 Silver Tigers 42 V Gymea Gorillas 0
The U14’s had the early Sunday game and made their Mother's proud by turning in a solid performance against the Gorillas. The early exchanges were even until a dropped ball by Gymea gave the Tigers good field position and after a couple of attacking runs the ball was shifted wide for Kye Connor to score an easy try. A couple of dropped balls from strong Gymea tackles gave the home team an advantage but a great break by Alex Moussa put the Tigers in the front foot again. With options on both sides the ball was swung right and Jai McEwen stepped his way through a retreating defence to score. The Tigers deservedly led 12-0 at the drinks break.
A good second quarter from Gymea kept scores even until a good break from Fintan Kelly put the Tigers on the attack and a sweeping back line move from the left side to the right wing, put Alex Moussa across the line in the corner and he was able to improve his position in the in-goal to score under the posts and give the Tigers an 18-0 lead. Luke Fenton scored a couple of tries in the third quarter, the first was under the posts after a good break down the left and his second came after some good play from the backs to go into the final quarter 30-0 ahead.
In the final quarter Jacob opened the scoring after constant attacking play by the Tigers and a fantastic conversion in the left corner by Albie put the score out to 36-0. Alex Moussa rounded off the scoring with 30 seconds to go with another length of the field try dancing through a tired defence to score under the posts. He also scored the conversion to give the Tigers a solid 42-0 win. The Tigers were 100 % from conversions and this epitomised the all round strength in the Tigers game.
Alex Moussa was awarded Player of the Game for his two tries and strong runs out of defence narrowly pipping Jai McEwen who had an excellent all round game. Other notable mentions go to Dylan Kerr who never missed a tackle and always goes about his work in an unassuming way, Coby Wilson who made some fantastic line breaking runs and considering this is his first year of playing league looks like a natural. Luke Harrison never let's anyone down at halfback and Blake Burke carried his strong form into this game from last week.
U17 Silver Como/Tigers 0 V Aquinas Colts 38
Another defeat for the merged Crocs/Tigers team against a strong and committed Colts team. The team fought hard but were just unable to mount any real pressure on a solid Aquinas defence.