A glorious weekend in Tigertown saw many of the teams carry their good form from last week into the weekend and score some impressive wins. All Saturday teams won except for the U13 Bronze who put in a gutsy performance against the Kookaburras. Enjoy the reports and galleries below.
Tigers U6 Silver 52 Joeys 48
In a close game, the Tigers ended up scoring 13 tries to 12 and winning the game in the final moments. The Tigers started strongly with Connor Lehane scoring from the first play. Caden Macpherson was tackling everything in sight again and Kingston Taylor was constantly looking for gaps in the Joeys defence. Joeys were dogged and always kept in range of the Tigers, by using their speed to get around the Tigers defenders. The Tigers try scorers were Connor Lehane (5) Kingston Taylor (4) Ollie Trevillian (2) and 1 each to Daniel Crawford and Logan Jones. This was an impressive result by the Tigers, who had to dig deep in the fourth quarter to claim victory. The coaches will be working with the team in the week to improve their tackling technique as this let the team down in today’s game.
Tigers U7 Bronze 76 Como Crocs 20
The Tigers met an under strength Crocs outfit today and put on a bucket full of tries. Back to back victories will give the U7's great confidence going into next week. Jackson Good got the Tigers off to a great start with a try in the first few seconds of the game. He then went on to score another two tries to claim his hat-trick in the first three minutes of the match. The Tigers played with confidence and great flair with everybody looking to get on the scoresheet. All credit to the Crocs who never gave up and scored some great tries themselves. Jackson Good, Layken Koprivic, Hendrix Austinand Robert Couley all scored 4 tries each. Daniel Romyn scored 2 and Jake McMillan 1 in a commanding team performance.
Tigers U8 Bronze 42 De La Salle 24
Similar to the U6 and U7 teams, the U8's scored straight from the kick off with Arlo Gibbons out stripping the defence to score in the corner. Oscar Nichols got the Tigers second try, after breaking through some weak tackles near his own try line, before running the length of the field to score. The Tigers were playing strong looking solid in defence and a real threat in attack. The pace of Arlo Gibbons, Ray Logie and Oscar Nichols gave the De La Salle defence all kinds of headaches and the sheer power of Kade Jones always had the De La Salle defence in retreat with his strong runs. Sunny Faughey also had a strong game and managed to get on the score sheet with the final try of the match. This was another good victory for the U8’s who are looking solid across the park and have the skills to cause teams a whole lot of problems for the opposition.
Tigers U9 Bronze 36 Engadine Dragons 32
In an exciting game, the Tigers managed to get over the top of the Dragons in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, to claim the spoils. In a game that had a bit of everything both teams are to be congratulated for treating the crowd to a high class game played in the right spirit. The U9's welcomed Oscar Allen to the team and the Tigers looked strong in the first couple of quarters getting out to a handy lead with tries to Hayden Walker, Lachlan Couley and Charlotte Dart. In the third and fourth quarters the Dragons lifted and managed to get the scores level and get ahead midway through the fourth quarter. The Tigers, however, stuck to the game plan and didn’t panic and managed to score in the final minutes to claim victory. This was a great result for the Tigers and shows the improvement they have made this season. Despite going behind, they never panicked and backed themselves to win, which they did through a try to Archer Brassington in the final seconds.
Tigers U13 Bronze 8 Penshurst Kookaburras 28
In what was always going to be a difficult game. The Tigers started positively with Lewis Amesbury getting the first try, to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. The Kookaburras got on the board soon after, with an easy run through the middle. Tigers defenders were falling off tackles this presented an easy opportunity for the Kookaburras to take a 6-4 lead. Some silly penalties by the Tigers gave the Kookaburras the ball and good field position, and they made it count and quickly went out to a 10-4 lead. A loose carry by the Tigers gave the Kookaburras the opportunity to score again and they put on more points under the posts to take a 22-4 lead half time lead.
In the second half the Tigers lifted and started to pressure the Kookaburras defence. Lewis Amesbury scored again to get the Tigers to 8 points and you could see the confidence seeping through the whole team. The Tigers started to show real intent, they were firm in the tackle and caused mayhem on the edges through good interplay. Unfortunately, they couldn’t convert the positive play into points despite pegging the Kookaburras in their own half for long periods. With seconds to go the Kookaburras scored again to win the game 28-8. Despite the loss the Tigers are to be commended for putting on a strong second half show and being more positive in their approach.
Tigers U13 Silver 20 Engadine Dragons 10
In a top of the table clash the Tigers started strongly and forced an error on the Dragons, defensive line. The ball was worked through hands quickly and Zac Porter worked himself into a gap to get the first points of the game. More good work by the Tigers, saw them get into an attacking position and Billy Dunn was able to reach over from the play the ball and score, to put the Tigers out to a 10-0 lead. The Dragons hardly had any ball and the Tigers attacks were coming in waves. A great cross field kick by Ethan Coleman was well chased down by Zac Porter and he tackled the defender in goal, from the kick, the ball was quickly worked through hands and Flynn Rankin was able to score to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead. An injury to Tom Fraser saw him leave the field just as the Dragons were beginning to work themselves into the game but the Tigers held firm and took a handy lead into the break.
The Dragons got the first points in the second half and then quickly put on more points to get the score back to 14-10. However, the Tigers flexed their muscles and reasserted their dominance with a great break by Hudson Wilcox. He burst through the centre of the Dragons defence and a quick play the ball saw Billy Dunn get over the line and put the Tigers 20-10 ahead. Both teams tired late in the second half and there were lots of niggling injuries that disrupted the games flow. The Tigers held out to claim victory and remain top of the table.
Tigers U16 Silver 18 Como Crocs 24
A hugely disappointing day for the Tigers who suffered a deflating loss to the Crocs. In perfect conditions the Tigers made a solid start and won possession close to the Crocs line. The ball was worked through hands and Albie Lamaro crashed over to put the Tigers ahead. A bomb from the Crocs was dropped by the Tigers and on the next play the Crocs got on the board with a try in the corner. The Tigers were looking solid in the middle and some big hits by Campbell Robertson and Blake Burke had the Crocs forwards rocking. A charge down by Kobi Porter stopped the Crocs attack and he was also able to collect the ball cleanly and then breakaway and race away to score under the posts and put the Tigers ahead 12-4. From the kick-off the Tigers allowed to ball to cross the dead ball line and from the line drop out the Crocs scored again to get the scores back to 12-10. Some unnecessary mistakes by the Tigers cost them momentum in crucial areas and this allowed the Crocs to work themselves out of trouble far to easily. With seconds to go to half time Will Field collected the ball 20 metres out, he stepped through a couple of defenders but was pulled down close to the line. A quick play the ball got the ball in Jai McEwen's hands who was able to spot a gap and score to give the Tigers an 18-10 lead at the break.
In the second half the Tigers continued to make mistakes and a knock-on gave the Crocs the ball in good field position and they made it count by scoring through a huge gap and get the score back to 18-16. More mistakes by the Tigers let the Crocs score another two quick tries and go out to a 24-18 lead. The Crocs were now playing with confidence and much of the second half was being played in the Tigers half. Kobi Porter thought he had scored a certain try but was ruled to be held up by the referee. The penalty count was going against the Tigers and as a result they were unable to build any pressure, which ultimately cost them the game. Despite a strong start the Crocs out scored the Tigers three tries to nil in the second half and deserved the win. This was a lackluster performance by the Tigers who looked completely out of sorts for large parts of the game.
Tigers O35 Silver 22 Kurnell Stingrays 16
In a fairy tale ending the Tigers snatched victory away from the Stingrays with a try in the last second of the game. This game was a classic game of two halves, with the Stingrays, putting on points early and going out to a 16-6 lead in the first half, for the Tigers to get level and then score a remarkable try to claim victory from the luckless Stingrays.
The Stingrays scored early through a break up the middle and no Tiger was able to get close to the flying ray. The Tigers worked themselves back into the game with some quick passing and working the ball to David Dart who pounced and danced his way through defenders to score under the posts. The Tigers looked ruthless after the try and were pinning the Stingrays in their own half. Despite the Tigers dominance the Stingrays put on two quick tries to go in at halftime 16-6 ahead.
In the second half tries to Lloyd Maddison and Steve Brassington got the Tigers level but they missed the conversion to go ahead. No worries because Captain Courageous Tyler Gibbons collected the ball 20 metres from the Stingrays line. He threw a dummy to beat the first defender and then chipped into space, he somehow regathered the ball before the covering fullback, swiveled his hips and ran under the posts to score and give the Tigers a famous victory.
Another glorious weekend of footy from the Tigers saw the U6's win again, the U7's go back-to-back, U13 Silver win a crucial game against the Dragons and the O'35's win a fantastic game at the death. We celebrated 50 games for Ethan Coleman again, we welcomed Oscar Allen to the U9's and he played an important part in their close win against the Dragons, Hayden Walker scored 3 tries to go with his 4 last week and the U7's had a field day against a young Crocs team. We would like to thank the spectators today as the atmosphere in Tigertown was electric and the players enjoyed the vocal support.
Thanks to Joeys, De La Salle, the Kookaburras, Dragons, Stingrays and Crocs for a great weekend of footy and we wish all teams the best for the remainder of the season.