Footy is back after a break for the Kings Birthday long weekend and Round 9 saw many teams get back to winning ways. We also had re-grading for the U6-U9 teams with the U6's going into Silver and all other teams remaining in Bronze. Enjoy the reports and galleries below.
Tigers U6 Silver 48 Menai Roosters 36
After a couple of defeats the U6's got the win against a strong Rooster team scoring 12 tries to 9 in a tight game. The U6's went up to the Silver competition after the Kings Birthday Long Weekend, but it didn't phase the boys who relished the challenge. Conor Lehane will have a birthday to remember scoring 6 tries on his 6th birthday and Kingston Taylor scored 3 tries with Ollie Trevillian and Logan Jones getting 1 apiece. Caden MacPherson also had a game to remember, tackling every Roosters player at least twice in a dominant display.
Tigers U7 Bronze 44 De La Salle 40
In a cracking game against two attacking teams the Tigers prevailed scoring 11 tries to 10 in a nail-biter. The Tigers started strongly and kept attacking De La Salle at every opportunity. The team is to be commended for sticking together and continuing to attack, even when De La Salle started to work themselves back into game. Jake McMillan scored 7 tries, Jaxon Good 2 tries and Joshua Dart 1 try. This was an important win for the Tigers who will be looking forward to next week and hopefully backing up with another win.
Tigers U8 Bronze 56 Gymea Gorillas 32
The Tigers got back to winning ways, turning in a dominant performance against a skillful Gorillas team. Scoring 11 tries to 6 the Tigers were rampant throughout the game with attacks coming from across the park. Two tries apiece to Arlo Gibbons, Kade Jones, Oscar Nicholls, Ray Logie and Sonny Tricker with one to Hendrix Malaki, confirms the attacking depth in the U8's and when they switch on they are a hard team to hold out.
Tigers U9 Bronze 36 Gymea Gorillas 26
The U9's also returned to winning ways in an exciting game against the Gorillas. Winning 7 tries to 5, the Tigers played an attacking game with Hayden Walker top scoring with 4 tries. Aston Gibbons grabbed 2 tries and Archer Brassington scored 1 try. This was a gritty win for the U9's who continue with their good form and are playing some enterprising footy.
Tigers U13 Bronze 28 Engadine Dragons 12
After a couple of disappointing defeats to the Sharks and Stingrays, the Tigers defeated the Dragons 6 tries to 2 in a game that will go some way to restoring confidence amongst the team. At one stage Engadine did get close but the boys knuckled down and pulled away late in the second half. This win puts the Tigers on equal points with the Sharks and Crocs all vying for fourth place and next weeks game against Penshurst will be crucial if we want to play finals again.
Tigers U13 Silver 50 Kingsgrove Colts 4
A commanding performance by the U13's puts them back on top of the table. We welcomed Bede Staniforth back to the team after an extended break and this game gave the team the opportunity to work on combinations and some attacking lines and the boys put them to great use with Zac Porter scoring 4 tries, Hudson Wilcox 2 tries, Billy Dunn and William MacDonald with 1 each. The team is playing well and look strong across all areas, Next week's game against the Dragons will be a cracker and the Tigers will be looking to avenge their 30-12 loss to the Dragons on the opening day of the season.
Tigers U16 Silver 20 De La Salle 6
The Tigers exacted revenge for their earlier season loss by defeating De La Salle 20-6 and scoring 4 tries to 1. Missing a couple of players, the Tigers went into the game light on personnel, but put in a convincing performance and never looked troubled throughout the game, despite going behind midway through the first half. Tries to Campbell Robertson, Alex Mantik, Will Field and Kobi Porter put the Tigers in total control and the team played an expansive game, in windy conditions, that De La Salle found difficult to contain. Next week the Tigers play the Crocs in what is a must win game if they are to put together another late season surge and play finals again.
Tigers O35 Silver 24 Kingsgrove Colts 16
A morale boosting win for the O35's after some close results in recent weeks. The Tigers went out to an early 12-0 lead and were looking comfortable but the Colts worked themselves back into the game and got the scores level midway through the first half. Both teams put on another try each before the Tigers pulled away in the second half to win 4 tries to 3. Tyler Gibbons and Lloyd Maddison both scored two tries each and this win makes up for a couple of unlucky defeats in previous weeks.
A glorious weekend in Sydney turned in some sparkling footy from the Tigers. All Saturday teams won their games, which is a first this season. We celebrated 50 games for Ethan Coleman whose team put in a memorable performance by winning 50-4. Jake McMillan scored 7 tries for the U7's, Conor Lehane scored 6 tries on his 6th birthday for the U6's, and Hayden Walker scored 4 tries for the U9's and looked lethal all game.
Thanks to De La Salle, the Roosters, Gorillas, Kingsgrove and Dragons for a great weekend of junior footy and we wish all teams the best for the remainder of the season.