TUESDAY night’s Bomaderry Tigers intra club match proved a huge success, even despite the fact that there were still a heap of players unavailable through work commitments.
Despite this about 37 players and a couple of juniors turned up to play, which gave Pudge and Dayks plenty to work with.
The first half was fairly entertaining with plenty of physical contact and hard running.
As the game wore on the tempo fell away a bit so obviously there is still a lot of hard work to do.
But at least the signs are there, and more importantly, the numbers are on the up which is very encouraging.
Without going into too much detail, Tom Edgar, Brent Herdman, Jack Hangan, Matthew Wyles, Sam Dunell, Jimmy Nicoll, James Lees and Paul Posterino looked promising in their first hit out for the club, as did Cameron Cullen, Toby Craig, Michael McMenamin, Luke Hogan, Josh Smith, Brayden Varcoe and Matthew Farrow, who have clearly benefited from a big pre-season.
Well done to all and hopefully the injuries sustained are only minor and the club does not have too many unavailable for the first game.
A special thanks to Craig Daniel and Lachlan McKeeman for umpiring the match and for sticking around after the game and explaining a few of the new rule changes and their interpretation.
Also thanks to Jack, Tom and the others who helped with the goal umpiring, and to the committee members and families that came along and supported the players and helped make the night a success.
With only two weeks remaining until Bomaderry plays Nowra in round one, and just two more training sessions until the annual Tom Smith Knockout at Albatross on the March 22, the club needs everyone on the track and working hard.
With the draw almost finalised and the Tigers likely to play Nowra at West Street Oval on Saturday, March 29, Port Kembla at Kully Bay on April 5, and Kiama at Boniara Oval on April 12 in the opening rounds before the Easter break, it would be appreciated if you could put your name on the list in the clubrooms to indicate if you are unavailable for any of those games.
It is always hard at the start of the season especially with cricket commitments, so please make our job a little easier by letting the club know what you are up to.
If you need shorts and socks or a club shirt, please see Sticks at training.
If you have not already registered online then please do so.
Training for 2014 is now in full swing for the juniors with the u12s, u14s and u16s training every Thursday at Artie Smith Oval at 4.30pm.
This year, if numbers allow, there will be an u10s program which will involve half an hour’s training followed by a short game to help prepare the children as they transition into the u12s.
For more information speak to one of the junior committee members when you get to training.
The club is still looking for players in the hope of organising an u18s competition.
Games will be played on Friday nights.
The league has also programmed an u18s game as a curtain raiser to the final of the Tom Smith Memorial Knockout.
Players just need to turn up and they will work out the details on the day.
To register your interest, please contact Sticks on 0403 291 231 or someone at your local club.
For more information on club activities please contact Tony McCann on 0422 365 408, Sticks on 0403 291 231 or visit the website www.bomaderry
Until next time, go the Tigers.