In the penultimate round before finals, all Tiger Teams were looking for form to carry into the finals series. The U6 and U7 teams had their gala day, playing three games each and the U9's had a bye. This weekend we also celebrated Women In League and just a few, of the many women that play such a vital and important role at the Tigers, attended the JRL's Women in League event at the Sharks, Kareela. Everyone had a great night and it was so good for the women from all JRL clubs to get together and be celebrated together. Enjoy the reports and galleries below.
Tigers U6 Silver Gala Day
The U6's played De La Salle, Cronulla Caringbah and Menai Roosters in their three games and performed strongly in all games. The Gala Day gave an opportunity to the Tigers younger players to shine and they did, with some great individual efforts. Well done to everyone involved and is there a cheekier photo than the one of Connor smiling at the photographer as he runs down the wing to score?
Tigers U7 Bronze Gala Day
The U7's enjoyed Gala Day and played the Bulldogs, the Roosters and the Dragons in an entertaining day. The Tigers showed great form against the Roosters and put in their strongest performance of the season and every player stood up when required and showed great form across the three games.
Tigers U8 Bronze 42 Gymea Gorillas 10
Another impressive performance by the U8's building on their great form from the week previous. Scoring 8 tries to 2 the Tigers were dominant all over the field and showed real attacking intent when they had the ball. Kade Jones and Hendrix Malaki had the Gorillas on the back foot when they had the ball and Ray Logie, Oscar Nicholls and Sonny Faughey used their speed to good effect. The team will be disappointed that next week is the final game of the season, just as they begin to hit their straps.
Tigers U9 Bronze BYE
Tigers U13 Bronze 14 Gymea Gorillas 4
The Bronze team dug deep for an important win against the Gorillas and all but shore up fourth place if they can defeat De La Salle next week. In another gutsy effort the Bronze team looked strong throughout the game and would have hoped to win by a bigger margin, but the Gorillas pushed them until the final whistle. The team will be looking for greater cohesion and more attacking flair next week, if they want to go deep into the finals.
Tigers U13 Silver 30 De La Salle 0
Another dominant display by the Tigers sees them go into the final game of the season as Minor Premier favourites. They remain one point ahead of Como and if the Tigers win their final game against the 6th place Sharks next weekend, they will be crowned Minor Premiers. Tries to Zac Porter (2), Flynn Rankin, Ethan Coleman, Thomas Fraser and William McDonald gave the Tigers the win and what was more pleasing for the coaches, was another lockout, keeping De La Salle to nil.
Tigers U16 Silver 8 Joeys 38
The Tigers put in a much better performance than last week against the Gorillas but Joeys overpowered them in the second half, scoring 7 tries to 2. Fintan Kelly and Will Field got the Tigers tries and despite their efforts, they struggled to score and apply scoreboard pressure. In another game of what might have been, the Tigers had their moments but were unable to convert their good work into points.
Tigers O35 Silver 14 Menai Roosters 24
The Tigers hit the snooze button in the first half and the Roosters took full advantage getting out to an early lead. The Roosters dominated the first half and were strutting around the pitch bullying the Tigers who resembled a flock of hens rather than a proud streak of Tigers. The Roosters were certainly crowing and the Tigers looked ruffled and out of sorts. In the second half the Tigers started to bare their teeth and show some fight and cohesion but alas they could not make up the gap. The Tigers eventually went down 4 tries to 3 with the three C's getting the points for the Tigers, Chris Palmervale, Clinton Jones and Craig O'Connor.