TONIGHT, Friday sees the McDonald’s Family Restaurant/Amazing Dental sponsored Bomaderry Tigers take on the Nowra Blues in the season opener at West Street Oval from 6.30pm.
Both teams recorded a win and a loss in last weekend’s knockout at Tom Smith Oval, so it is probably a little early to know just what to expect.
Both clubs racked up convincing wins against Albatross, but were soundly beaten by Wollongong, which it is fair to say are going to be extremely hard to topple and will surely start clear favourites for this year’s flag.
History suggests the Blues always seem to find that little bit extra especially against the Tigers, so make sure you get along for what is bound to be a physical and entertaining game of AFL to kick start the season.
At time of print, there was still a degree of uncertainty on the likely make up this weekend’s team, so if you did not get to training or the jumper presentation during the week, make sure you bring your boots and white shorts to West Street just in case you are needed.
If you miss out, the club will still require volunteers to run water and messages, plus the more support we can get on the sidelines the better.
Players are asked to be at the ground by 5.30pm.
If you are going to run late, please make sure you let Sticks or Pudge know.
While the Tom Smith Knockout may have only been a pre-season knock out, and most clubs were no doubt missing a number of key people, the two games that the Tigers took part in showed enough to suggest that if the team continues to work hard and develop, they should not be too far off the mark come finals time.
In the first game against Wollongong, you could not fault the desire or effort, but unfortunately the Tigers were out-run and out-played by a fit and committed side.
The backline was clearly under pressure from the out set with Liam Arnold, Matthew Bryce, Luke McCann and Matt Cace working over-time in defence.
Matt Farrow and Jeremy Obyrne gathered plenty of possessions in the midfield, while James Lees was probably the pick of the forwards in what was a fairly tough initiation for the Tigers.
Bomaderry’s disposal and decision making let them down badly, although it is probably fair to say that the Bulldogs’ pressure and running game made things a lot harder than you would have expected this early in the year.
Unfortunately the second game was the opposite end of the scale with Bomaderry well in command and able to hit their targets and pretty well do as they liked. Unlike the first game, the backline was hardly noticed.
Tommy Edgar started to find his feet and showed he will be a handy acquisition in the midfield, while up forward, James Lees with five goals and Brayden Varcoe (3) lead well and marked strongly to be among the Tigers’ best.
Others to stand include Cameron Cullen, Jeremy Obyrne and Brent Herdman.
Good luck to the boys on the weekend.
Let’s hope we can start the year off with a strong performance and four premiership points.
Despite all the hard work and effort going on both on and off the field, the club could still use a few more players and support staff at both junior and senior level, so if you are reading this for the first time and would like to get involved, then please give the club a call.
Senior training is held at Artie Smith Oval, Cambewarra Road, Bomaderry, every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm unless otherwise notified.
The juniors train on Thursday at 4.30pm.
Age groups include u12, u14 and u16.
For more information on club activities please contact Tony McCann on 0422 365 408 or Sticks on 0403 291 231.