Round 3 was touch and go all week and when we heard soccer had cancelled their games over the weekend, we all feared the worst. However the rain eased on Friday and Saturday morning was overcast but all games went ahead as scheduled.
Round 3 was designated as #Respect Round with the focus on promoting a positive environment for all players and officials as well as being respectful to players, spectators and officials involved in Community Rugby League. All teams were encouraged to get involved by snapping a picture at the start of each game with the coaches and referees holding a thumbs up.
During the day we received the terrible news of the passing of a Tigers Legend Wayne Madden. Wayne was a Tigers Life Member and the club would simply not be what it is today without the dedication and support of Wayne. Wayne worked tirelessly for the Yarrawarrah Tigers football club and also the Junior League, he was a mentor to many and friend to even more. Our condolences go out to his family and friends and we will always remember Wayne and what he did for the Tigers.
U6 Green Tigers 36 Engadine Dragons 56
The first quarter was a real even affair with the Dragons scoring four tries and the Tigers more than holding their own with three tries. Last weeks game certainly gave the Tigers some confidence and everyone was keen to have a run and get involved. Conor Lehane and Robert Couley troubled the Dragons defence with their speed and Jaxon Hunt and Josh Dart were like a wall in the middle of the field tackling the Dragons at every opportunity. In the second quarter the Dragons pulled away scoring three tries to the Tigers one and opening up a 12 point lead.
In the third quarter Layken Koprivic, Caden McPherson and Logan Jones started to get more involved and made some great runs and tackles and Daniel Romyn and Jake McMillan made the most of this dominance by scoring three tries between them to keep the Tigers in touch with the Dragons. In the fourth quarter the Dragons pulled away again scoring four tries to the Tigers two. Ollie Trevillian had a great game considering it was his first ever game of league and Hendrix Austin put in a captains performance by the leading the team throughout the game and encouraging all players to do their best.
There was plenty of improvement in this performance by the Tigers and Jake McMillan was awarded player of the game for scoring 6 tries and being a constant threat whenever he had the ball. Well done Tigers and we look forward to next week's game and further improvement.
Player of the Game: Jake McMillan
Tigers Spirit Award: Ollie Trevillian
U7 Green Tigers 64 Cronulla Caringbah Sharks 32
The U7 Tigers were all set for a big game today against Cronulla Caringbah and a big game was delivered by the Tigers in a 64-40 win on a slippery and wet field with fumbles and dropped balls a plenty from both sides.
Caleb Dawson set the tone straight off the first set with a try in the corner, taking everyone by surprise. This was the first of a massive 5 tries in the game for Caleb who certainly knows how to find the try line. Sonny Faughey made a determined effort to score but was tackled on the try line by a strong defensive line - something the Tigers came up against a few times today. Arlo Gibbons, Hendrix Crawley and Hendrix Malaki all got close to the line at varying times only to be held up with no success.
Harrison Payn made some impressive runs, darting to the back of the pack before finding the sideline and using those long legs to his advantage. Harrison scored 4 tries today and is a force to be reckoned with in the U7 team. Jack J, Hendrix C, Hendrix M, Arlo G, Kaleb Jones and Sonny F all worked super hard today to identify gaps and manoeuvre through the pack to get to the try line. They were also excellent in defence showing impressive skills in their chase and tackle technique.
Arlo G was quick off the mark when the Sharks fumbled and dropped the ball in the third period, quickly swooping it up and running for the try line before being tackled just shy of the try line. Angelo T asked for the ball quite a bit today and is getting better at pumping those legs and trying to push through the pack - he could have almost had a break and a clear run for the try line today as well. When he’s not in play, he is always cheering on his team mates as they work to get through the defence. Angelo was awarded the Spirit Award today.
Jack Jones was our man of the match today - scoring his first ever try with a burst down the length of the field in the final period with defenders close behind every step. The whole sideline was cheering him on and definitely gave him some extra wind to get the job done - well done Jack!
Player of the Game: Jack Jones
Tigers Spirit Award: Angelo Talotta
U8 Green Tigers 20 Aquinas Colts 46
The Tigers U8 team continues to improve and find some rhythm and this was a great hit out against a good Colts team. The Tigers started strongly and actually led the first quarter by a converted try scored by Levi Horne.
The Tigers were playing with a smile on their faces and it showed in their game. Aston Gibbons, Charlotte Dart and Max Carlson were making impressive runs and breaking through the Colts defence and Malachi Kane, Hudson Palmervale and Hunter Welfare were breaking up the Colts attacks with some great tackles.
In the second and third quarters the Colts flicked a switch and started to dominate possession and put on some easy tries. The Tigers never dropped their heads and Zac May and Hayden Walker tackled themselves into the ground to keep the Colts within reach. Hudson Amor, Levi Horne and Max Horne kept punching holes in the Colts defence but we just didn't have enough steam to get over the try line.
This game was pleasing for everyone involved because we can see the progress being made by the team and we are sure that this will give the team sufficient belief to secure a win soon.
Player of the Game: Charlotte Dart
Tigers Spirit Award: Aston Gibbons
U12 Bronze Tigers 18 Aquinas Colts 20
The Bronze team put in another amazing effort today against a strong Colts team and just came up short. It was another fantastic team performance and all the boys played well, backing each up, encouraging each other throughout the game and never letting their heads drop, even when things were not going their way. Thanks to Max Cooper, Bede Staniforth, Bailey Mason, Leo Giovenco, Liam Good and Levi Dawson for backing up and playing two games today and thanks to the parents who taxied the boys from one of the Shire to the other, just so we could have some substitutes.
Player of the Game: TBA
U12 Silver Tigers 22 Kurnell Stingrays 4
The Tigers took to the field with 12 players with Max Cooper making the trek from Bronze to give us a full side after a couple of minutes. The Tigers received the kick-off and both teams played out a couple of sets without bothering the try line.
Fantastic defence from Zar Mackenzie, Hudson Wilcox, Patrick Graham, Jack Nolan and Ethan Coleman set the platform for the day and gave the Tigers a solid base from which to attack. Kurnell were digging deep to try and contain the Tigers runners but they were unable to stop Ethan Coleman, who bust through their defensive line and ran down the sideline to score under the posts. The next couple of plays were entertaining from both sides. Big powerful runs from Hudson Wilcox, Dylan Sammut, Mason DeLuca and Billy Dunn helped the Tigers to go forward and the Stingrays had some good moments and troubled the Tigers defence. Then Hudson Wilcox found a bit of space and started a backline move with the ball eventually landing with Zac Porter who ran 30m to score in the corner. Tigers 10-0 and looking good.
Our reinforcements arrived from the Bronze game and Bede Staniforth was added straight to the mix. Bede made an immediate impact and received the ball 30m out from the Stingrays line. He straightened up, lowered his eyes and burst through the Stingray defenders to score under the posts. Ethan Coleman converted and the Tigers were 16-0 up at half time.
At the start of the second half Bailey Mason, Leo Giovenco, Liam Good and Levi Dawson entered the action to give some of the Silver boys a well earned break. They provided good momentum despite the fact they had just finished their own game and the Tigers defence continued to hold firm and work together to hold out any Stingray attack. On our next set we got the ball all the way to the Stingrays 10m line from our try line and on the fifth tackle, Zar Mackenzie put in a powerful grubber kick across the field looking for the Tigers wide men and this resulted in a Kurnell knock-on as they tried to defend their line. On the next set the ball went through Tigers hands out to the wing, to a waiting Ethan Coleman who scored a spectacular try in the corner complete with a somersault. Levi Dawson kicks the goal to take the Tigers to a 22-0 lead. From the kick-off, we made some good metres to once again get near the Stingrays try line and great service from Billy Dunn at dummy half got the ball to Zar Mackenzie who dummied and sidestepped to score in the corner 26-0.
Kurnell never gave up and put in a determined effort to try and get on the scoreboard and in the final seconds their perseverance paid off. The Stingrays were attacking the Tigers line and put in a grubber kick through the defence, the ball bounced at right angles and the Stingrays were quicker to react scoring in the corner.
The game finished 26-4 to the Tigers and this win will give the Silver team some much needed confidence going into their next game. It was a sensational defensive effort from the boys. Well done. Great Win.
Player of the Game: Mason DeLuca
U15 Silver Tigers 4 Taren Point Titans 32
The U15’s took on top of the table Titans on a steamy Sunday. Both teams were fired up early and Bailey Murray got his head in a poor position and sat out early. Tigers defence held strong early against the bigger bodies of the Titans. A good kick by Kobi Porter who followed up to make the first tackle put the Tigers on the attack. From the following set the Tigers worked it out to the wing and passing through hands Luke Fenton crossed to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
The Tigers were holding strong with Blake Burke, Kade Bergman and Albie Lamaro holding up the middle with good support from Coby Wilson and Harry Melbourne. In the 15th minute the Titans made a break from their 20 metre line and they scored to level things up 4-4. Some good pressure from the Tigers saw Dylan Kerr threaten the line, and Jai McEwen and Fintan Kelly also got close and the Tigers were playing the game in the Titans half. Then the Titans made a quick break and had a try disallowed for a forward pass before scoring under the post from a one on one strip from the half back. The Titans halfback scored again with a great solo effort on the half-time siren to give the Titans a 16-4 lead.
The Titans found touch from the kick off to go straight on the attack and score in the right wing to advance the score to 22-4. The Titans tails were up and they were taking every opportunity to pressure the Tigers. The pressure paid off again as another good break from the Titans half back saw them extend the lead to 26-4. The Tigers were on the attack from kick-off but the Titans won the ball back and scored a well worked length of the field try to score again and extend their lead.
The Tigers did well to prevent a blowout scoreline and in the latter stages of the game the Tigers threatened on numerous occasions but were unable to trouble the scoreline. Except for a mad five minutes at the end of the first half the Tigers matched the Titans in what was a fairly even game up until then. We wish Fynn Impey a full recovery after leaving the field late in the game with an injury caused by a heavy knock while trying to score for the Tigers.
Player of the Game:
U18 Merged Tigers/Crocs De La Salle
Game was forfeited
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