Round 6 saw another weekend of home games with the U13 Bronze team missing out as they play De La Salle at Captain Cook Fields. We have a significant milestone to celebrate this weekend, with Fintan Kelly and Luke Fenton from the U16's playing their 100th game for the Tigers. Enjoy the reports and galleries below.
Tigers U6 Blue 52 Sutherland Pirates 52
In a highly entertaining game, both teams shared the spoils, in a game neither team deserved to lose. The Tigers welcomed Raiden Price to the team who graduated from the Cubs and he made an impressive start with a couple of strong runs during the game. The Tigers played strong again, tackling in groups, sharing the ball and supporting each other in the tackle. The try scorers were evenly spread again with Conor Lehane (3), Kingston Taylor (3), Daniel Crawford (2), Logan Jones (2), Ollie Trevillian (2) and Caden MacPherson (1) all making the scoresheet.
Tigers U7 Blue 20 Cronulla Caringbah Sharks 36
In a game that could have gone either way the Tigers U7's were beaten after a Sharks Blitz in the final quarter. The Tigers got off to a slow start, going behind early but soon worked themselves back into the game with tries to Jaxon Good and Jake McMillan. This lifted the Tigers who started to get on top, and Layken Koprivic and Robert Couley got the Tigers level and a couple of close calls would have put the Tigers in front. In the final quarters the Tigers were only able to score one more try to Jaxon Good and the Sharks pulled away to win by 16 points.
Tigers U8 Blue 36 Kurnell Stingrays 36
The Tigers were up for this game and Ray Logie scored from the kick-off with a great solo effort. The Stingrays leveled things up pretty quickly, and both teams were looking to score every set. Both teams were evenly matched and the game was better for it. In the second and third quarters, the Tigers pulled away with tries to Hendrix Malaki and Sonny Tricker but the Stingrays pulled it back level in the fourth quarter scoring 3 tries to the Tigers 1. Kade Jones had a strong game with some big hit ups and Oscar Nicholls played a key role, mopping up everything in defence. The U8's look a balanced team with weapons all over the park and we look forward to watching them develop further over the season.
Tigers U9 Blue 22 Cronulla Caringbah Sharks 8
In a game that was painful to watch at times (due to the amount of mistakes made by both teams) the Tigers came home with a wet sail, scoring four tries in the final quarters to win the game more comfortably than they possibly deserved. The Sharks went ahead in the first quarter and it took until the third quarter for the Tigers to get level with a try to Aston Gibbons, who also converted to give the Tigers a narrow 6-4 lead. Archer Brassington scored in the final seconds of the quarter to give the Tigers a 12-4 lead with one quarter to play. In the fourth quarter Ray Logie, Hendrix Malaki and Arlo Gibbons were introduced from the U8's and they injected some much needed pace and energy into the team. Ray Logie scored two tries in the fourth quarter in an impressive debut and the U9's celebrated their third victory of the season.
Tigers U13 Bronze 22 De La Salle 6
The Tigers defeated De La Salle in a comfortable display to improve their ladder standing and go up to third. The Tigers were strong across the park and looked in control throughout the game. Hunter Loveday continued with his try scoring form from the previous week and Leo Giovenco who loves to score also got a try. Max Cooper converted 3 and they will go into next week with growing confidence.
Tigers U13 Silver 22 Cronulla Caringbah Sharks 14
The Tigers started the game with 11 players and thanks to Bailey Mason who came across from the Bronze team to help out with numbers. Given the Tigers low numbers the Sharks could smell blood and they kept the Tigers pinned in their own half for long periods. The Sharks were playing with energy and they got on the scoreboard early using their extra numbers to get on the outside of the Tigers defence and take a 4-0 lead.
The Tigers then started to work themselves back into the game through good play by Billy Dunn and Bailey Mason. Sustained pressure from the Tigers then pinned the Sharks in their half and a clearing kick was well collected by Zac Porter, who made a strong run up the middle. From the next play, the ball was worked to Hudson Wilcox who was able to charge through tackles and score close to the posts. Hudson then grabbed his second with a surging run on the left wing and put the Tigers out to a 12-4 half-time lead.
In the second half, the Sharks got one back from a clever scrum play but the Tigers scored again straight after, with a well worked try putting Zac Porter over. In the final minutes The Tigers tails were up and quick play out of defence gave Tom Fraser the space he was craving all game and he was able to outpace the Sharks covering defenders and put the Tigers out to a 22-8 lead. The Sharks got one back before the end of the game but this was an impressive and important win for the Tigers, playing with 11.
Tigers U16 Silver 10 Gymea Gorillas 10
Fintan Kelly and Luke Fenton celebrated milestone games this week, both recording 100 games for the Tigers. We also welcomed Travis Parker to the club who made his debut in this game. In blustery conditions the Gorillas started strongly and tried to out-muscle the Tigers with some big hits and strong attacking runs. The Tigers were struggling to get beyond their 30 metre line until a try saving tackle from Thomas Robinson lifted the Tigers, who started to force the Gorillas back into their own half.
Albie Lamaro and Kobi Porter were leading the Tigers in attack and they were well supported by Campbell Robertson and Alex Mantik who were making darting runs out of dummy half. The Gorillas scored against the run of play to go out to a 4-0 lead and this stung the Tigers into action. First Bailey Murray made a tremendous run through traffic to get the Tigers going forward. Then another attack initiated by Luke Fenton saw the ball worked to Albie Lamaro whose kick was too long and went dead in goal. On the Gorillas set, Will Price made a great intercept and the Tigers were attacking on the 20 metre line. A good play saw the ball worked to Blake Burke who crashed through the covering defenders and slammed the ball down to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead at half-time.
In the second half both teams tried to get the ascendancy but the wind was playing havoc and it was difficult for either team to get any momentum. The Gorillas went ahead from a cheeky play on the Tigers try line to go 10-6 ahead but the Tigers hit straight back with the one hundred game man Fintan Kelly, managing to hold off defenders and score in the corner to lock the scores up at 10-10. The Tigers had the better of the closing minutes and could have scored from a field goal and pushed for another try through Blake Burke who was held up close to the line.
Another solid performance by the Tigers but just unable to get the win their effort deserved. With players coming back from injury, they will be a force in the latter part of the season, but just need to get a couple of wins to stay with the top four and make a late season charge.
Tigers O35 Silver 6 Engadine Dragons 62
The Tigers were well and truly roasted by the fire breathing Dragons whose interplay was hard to handle throughout the game. The Dragons were well ahead in the first half and we all hoped for a famous second-half come back, but it never materialised. The Tigers threw everything at the Dragons; fire blankets, fire extinguishers and at one stage we had water hoses protecting the try line, but to no avail the Dragons were literally on fire and were well deserved winners.
Another brilliant weekend in TIGERTOWN saw all teams perform well and there were some brilliant individual performances. Kingston Taylor and Conor Lehane from the U6's continue to terrorise defences, Josh Dart put in a determined effort in the U7's (just look at the photos), Ray Logie played well for the U8's and U9's and Kaden Jones was a force that could not be contained in the U8's. The U9's chalked up their third win of the season and both U13's teams were impressive, especially the Silvers in playing with 11.
Thanks to the the Pirates, Gorillas, De La Salle, Stingrays, Dragons and Sharks for a great weekend of junior footy and we wish all teams the best for the remainder of the season.
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