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Pre-Season Trials-April 1, 2023

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

We thought the weather was playing an April Fool's trick on us when the rain started falling, but it didn't dampen our spirits and we enjoyed a spectacular day of footy against the Cronulla Caringbah Sharks and Sutherland Pirates. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported the players, we hope you were entertained and a massive shout-out to the Tigers committee and volunteers who did a great job in getting everything ready for the day. Enjoy the reports and galleries from the day below.

Tigers U6 16 Sharks U6 12

Tigers U6 12 Pirates U6 8

Pirates U6 8 Sharks U6 12

The Tigers, Sharks and Pirates played against each other in three exciting games that were full of tries, tackles and fun. The Tigers won the first game 4 tries to three with Daniel Crawford scoring his first for the Tigers and Kingston Taylor scoring a fantastic solo try. In the second game against the Pirates the Tigers won 3 tries to 2 and this was an exciting game with both teams attacking at every opportunity. In the third game the Sharks beat the Pirates 3 tries to 2 in an entertaining game containing some spectacular runs and hard hitting tackles. Both sets of players were having great fun and were looking to be involved at every opportunity.

There was some great signs for the Tigers U6 team with Conor, Caden and Ollie having great games tackling everybody in sight, Daniel and Logan were always available to take the ball up, Kingston was a fantastic competitor and whenever he found space, always looked like scoring and Ethan had a solid game supporting his team-mates. We wish all teams all the best for the season ahead and look forward to watching the Tigers U6 team in the season ahead.

Tigers U7 52 Sharks U7 60

This was an exciting game with both teams having speed and skill throughout their ranks. Jaxon Good made his debut for the Tigers and made some strong runs and important tackles during the game. Jake McMillan scored some great individual tries and Joshua Dart and Daniel Romyn were strong in defence. Hendrix Austin and Layken Koprivic troubled the Sharks whenever they had the ball and overall the Tigers played a well rounded game and did well to stick so close to a fast and powerful Sharks outfit. We wish Robert Couley a full recovery from his injury picked up against the Roosters last week.

Tigers U8 0 Sharks U8 44

The scoreline was a bit unfair on the Tigers who played well and when they had the opportunity to attack, showed encouraging signs against a well drilled Sharks team. Ray Logie made his debut for the Tigers and had a strong game showing pace and trickery whenever he received the ball. Sonny Tricker and Arlo Gibbons used their speed to good effect and Hendrix Malachi tackled and ran himself into the ground. Take nothing away from the Sharks who were fast, played as a team and were dominant when in possession. The Tigers will learn a great deal from this game and some extra training at the play the ball will help them enormously when the season starts.

Tigers U9 20 Sharks U9 0

Tigers U9 8 Pirates U9 12

Pirates U9 20 Sharks U9 0

The U9 team put in the performance of the day and held a strong Sharks team to zero, scoring 4 tries themselves and in the second game were narrowly beaten by a strong Pirates outfit. There were stars all over the field for the Tigers, Archer Brasssington and Max Carlson used their speed to good effect and worried both defences whenever they had space. Lachlan Couley was evasive and showed great maturity when he had possession, Aston Gibbons, Malachi Kane and Charlotte Dart were all over the park, tackling, making runs and supporting team-mates, Hudson Palmervale had a strong game with some good hit-up's, Geordan Fairbairn-Raco on debut had a memorable game and chipped in with a strong try and Hayden Walker dominated with the ball and had some great moments throughout. Hopefully these two games will give the Tigers some much needed belief and confidence so they can go into the first game without fear.

Tigers U13 Bronze 16 V Sharks U13 8

The Bronze team kicked off in difficult conditions with constant rain making ball handling difficult. The Sharks opened the scoring, a couple of plays after the kick off but the Tigers soon levelled with a great right wing run and finish by Lewis Amesbury. The Bronze team were playing with more energy and looked dangerous when attacking. Leo Giovenco scored a try thanks to a well worked crash play and Lewis Amesbury scored his second with a wonderful solo try, running half the length of the field and then evading the covering defender with some fancy footwork. These tries gave the Tigers some confidence and they started to attack the Sharks at every opportunity. A well worked move created space for Jensen Bunyan who used his pace to score in the left corner. The Sharks scored again in the closing moments but the Tigers were well worth their win.

Tigers U13 Silver 8 V Sharks U13 4

The Tigers won a close fought game that was largely played between both teams 40 metre lines. The conditions made for a mistake ridden game and both teams were guilty of their fair share of handling errors. The Sharks scored first but Zac Porter soon equalised after an impressive run by Bede Staniforth, who then went on to put the Tigers ahead with a fantastic solo effort, dancing through a tiring Sharks defence. The Tigers had to work hard for their win and kept their nerve even when the game wasn't going their way.

Tigers O35 12 Roosters O35 8

The Shire Garage Doors sponsored Over 35 team had their first win against the Sharks, winning a closely fought game 12-8. The Tigers looked splendid in their new strip and put in a superb performance against the Sharks. Undermanned and held together by a mix of strapping tape, velcro and deep heat, the Creaking Tigers pushed the ailing Sharks all the way in a hard fought game that never lacked effort. The Tigers had their moments and were camped in the Sharks half for long periods. The Sharks played a more tactical game, kicking often to turn the Tigers around (albeit slowly) and eat into their energy reserves. Having gone behind early, the Tigers pulled a try back and then put some great moves together to take the lead and hold it until the final whistle.

The first rendition of the team song was a rousing affair and thanks to the Sharks for loaning us a couple of players and well done to the Tigers who are looking stronger each week.

The Tigers are proudly sponsored by Kore Property Group, Quality Health Care, On Top Constructions. Sound Plumbing, Shire Garage Doors, E&S Electrical Wholesalers, Pizza League, Sutherland Shire Trophies, Dad and Dave's Tree Services and Underground Civil Supplies.