Another busy Saturday in Tigertown and this week we welcome the Stingrays, The Sharks, De La Salle and the Gorillas to Chad Townsend Oval-Welcome.
We have some tough match-ups this weekend with the U6's taking on a fast Stingrays team, the U11 Silver team taking on the table-topping De La Salle in a must-win game for the Tigers and the merged U12 Gold taking on a strong Gorillas outfit. It was fair to say that the oval was particularly cold this weekend but the footy was red-hot and certainly warmed up the vocal crowd.
We have some players out with injury this week; Levi Dawson from the U11's, Sonny Faughey from the U6's and Coby Wilson and Max Cooper from the U14's we wish you all a speedy recovery and hope you get back on the pitch with your mates soon.
Thanks to all the supporters for making it such a great day at Yarrawarrah Oval and thank you to all our volunteers on the BBQ, in the Canteen and on Ground Duties-Your support for the club is greatly appreciated.
U6 Yellow Tigers 36 V Kurnell Stingrays 44
This was a great game to watch between two evenly matched teams. We had hoped to welcome our new signing Nikita Hatzitheodorou today unfortunately, the occasion got the better of him and he had an attack of pre-game nerves and preferred to watch his teammates from the side-line. Nikita witnessed some great play from the Tigers with Layken Koprivic, Bodhi Preen and Hendrix Austin all looking to take the ball up and make some good runs. Hendrix Crawley top scored with 4 tries, Jake McMillan scored 3 and Arlo Gibbons put in a player of the game performance and chipped in with 2 tries. The Yellow team were always in the game and Joshua Dart and Angelo Talotta made some important tackles when called upon. The U6 teams is playing so well and you can see their confidence growing each week.
Player of the Game: Arlo Gibbons
Encouragement Award: Bhodi Preen
Tigers Spirit Award: Hendrix Crawley
U7 Blue Tigers 4 V Gymea Gorillas 56
The Blue team suffered another heavy defeat but the score line didn't dampen our spirits and everyone on the team kept going until the final whistle. Toby Hampson scored the only try for the Tigers but he was a constant threat to the Gorillas and on another day could have bagged many more. Kade Jones had his strongest game of the season, always looking for work and tackling everything in green. Charlotte Dart, Ruby McLennan and Roseanna Yang all played well and kept attacking the Gorillas defence. Hudson Amor, Hunter Welfare and Lachlan Couley also had strong games and if we could have controlled the ball better in the windy conditions, we may have put many more tries on the board. There is certainly no doubting this team's spirit and with some additional tackling practice on Wednesday, we may well see a different result next weekend.
Player of the Game: Kade Jones
Encouragement Award: Toby Hampson
Tigers Spirit Award: Charlotte Dart
U7 Green Tigers 20 V De La Salle 48
The Green team came up against a bigger and more physical De La Salle team today and with a bit more self belief could have got much closer with the score. Everyone played well today with Hayden Walker a colossus in defence and Aston Gibbons and Zac May troubling De La Salle with their speed and skill. Malachi Kane was awarded player of the game and had an impressive all round performance and Logan Estcourt played well and was always willing to have a run. Levi and Max Horne put in 100% effort and were able to step around the big De La Salle defenders by using their speed and guile to get on the outside of defenders. Levi and Max scored 2 tries apiece and Aston Gibbons sored 1 try and on another day could have had many more with a bit more luck. The Green team are close to putting it all together and a win is surely just around the corner.
Player of the Game: Malachi Kane
Encouragement Award: Hayden Walker
Tigers Spirit Award: Aston Gibbons
U11 Bronze Tigers 44 V Cronulla Caringbah Sharks 18
This was an impressive performance by the Bronze team in a game that was much closer than the score line suggested. The Tigers got out to a two try lead in the first quarter, both scored by Arlo Hankinson. The Sharks managed to work their way back into the game in the second quarter and levelled the game at 12 points each after some strong pressure on the Tigers defence. From the re-start the Tigers went straight on the attack and after some good interplay between Bailey Mason and Kai Goody, Leo Giovenco spotted a gap in the Sharks defence and ran through to score. Arlo Hankinson then scored an incredible individual effort running through the entire Sharks team to score his third try and put the Tigers in the ascendency. Pretty soon after Kai Goody scored the Tigers fifth try to give the Bronze team a 26-12 half time lead. In the third and fourth quarters the Tigers extended their lead with tries to Cooper Nunn, Lewis Amesbury and Arlo Hankinson. Lewis Amesbury turned in a player of the game performance with some text book tackling, strong running, a try and a conversion. Cooper Nunn and Max Cooper shared the Spirit award with strong performances and a good deal of encouragement to their team mates.
Player of the Game: Lewis Amesbury
Tigers Spirit Award: Cooper Nunn/Max Cooper
U11 Silver Tigers 38 V De La Salle 12
This was a must win game for the Silver team against the competition leading De La Salle team. In what looked like a tricky game on paper proved to be a dominant perfornance by the Silver team who were clearly up for this game. A great try to Zac Porter in the first minute gave the Tigers some early confidence and set the tone for the rest of the game. Good defence by Ethan Coleman keeping out a dangerous De La Salle attack, put the Tigers on the attack and after a couple of runs at the try line, Billy Dunn scored a real poachers try from dummy half put the Tigers 10-0 ahead at the first quarter break.
A fantastic break by Ethan Coleman out sprinting the De La Salle defence, saw him break-away to score under the posts and put Tiger ahead 16-0. Some great attacking play by the Tigers playing the ball through the hands and looking for gaps saw Ethan Coleman bag his second try in the corner and the Tigers were playing fast and skilful footy. De La scored a well deserved try in the final minute of the quarter to make the score 22-6 going into the break. In the second half the Tigers put on another 3 tries to Lewis Amesbury, Dylan Sammut and Hunter Loveday. This was an impressive performance by the Tigers with everyone making a contribution, supporting and encouraging each other and we were strong in defence and enterprising in attack. This win will see the Tigers advance up the ladder and puts the team in a strong position for the remainder of the season.
U12 Gold Bosco/Tigers 0 V Gymea Gorillas 22
The merged U12 Gold team put in a brave performance against a decent Gorillas team. The U12's were in the game for a long time and with a bit of luck could have seen a very different result. They more than matched the Gorillas in each department but they were able to put on points at crucial times and we were unable to respond with points of our own. This game should give the merged team some confidence going into the games post re-grading.
U14 Silver Tigers 22 V Hurstville United 10
In what was expected to be an easier game for the Tigers proved to be anything but, as Hurstville came to play and troubled the Tigers with their size and speed throughout the game.
The Tigers went straight on the attack from the kick off, forcing an error from Hurstville and earning a line-drop out. The Tigers collected the ball and attacked the right side before switching play to the left, creating an overlap for Jacob Way to score in the corner. Hurstville equalized after some good work on the Tigers line and then scored again with a fast break through the middle to take a 10-4 lead.
In the second quarter Hurstville's tails were up and they were forcing the Tigers into several handling errors. Hurstville kept attacking the Tigers defensive line but great work by Dylan Kerr, Kye Connor and Blake Burke held them out and got the Tigers going forward. The Tigers started to work their way back into the game and Albie Lamaro scored to bring the scores back to 10-8 at the half-time break.
In the third quarter Alex Moussa made a break through the middle and out sprinted the Hurstville defence to score under the posts and give the Tigers a 14-10 lead. The third quarter was turning into bit of a stalemate with both teams picking up injuries and struggling to get any cohesion. In the last minute of the quarter Alex Moussa got his second to give the Tigers an 18-10 lead and go into the fourth quarter with some confidence.
The Tigers had plenty of chances in the last quarter to finish the game but bombed a number of efforts to keep Hurstville in with a sniff. The Tigers handling was poor and always seemed to take the wrong option when on the attack. Kobi Porter finally scored to give the Tigers an unconvincing 22-10 win.
Alex Moussa was player of the game with 2 tries, some strong defence and his willingness to drive the Tigers forward. Albie Lamaro also had a strong game and never shirked his responsibility in the front row and Dylan Kerr again was Mr consistent and is growing into an important cog in this Tigers team.
Player of the Game: Alex Moussa
U17 Silver Como/Tigers 12 V Gymea Gorillas 10
The merged U17 team won their first game of the season in a thriller at Scylla Bay Oval. This was a deserved result for the Silver team who have been competitive and knocking on the door in the last couple of weeks.
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