LAST Saturday saw the McDonald’s Family Restaurant/Amazing Dental Bomaderry Tigers first grade string together another solid four quarter effort to record a fairly comfortable but hard fought win over Port Kembla.
With almost half the team unavailable and conditions more in favour of the opposition, the Tigers travelled up north, wary that anything less than a committed team effort could spell disaster.
The opening 10 minutes were a little slow with Port keen to unsettle the Tigers and the umpires keen to take control.
A 50 metre penalty which gave Port a goal and saw a Bomaderry player sent to the sideline for 15 minutes must have jolted the men into action, as the Tigers slowly but surely got on top and started to build a bit of scoreboard pressure. The backline was particularly good with Cameron Cullen a standout in defence.
He was well supported by Luke McCann, Matt Cace and Matt Wyles.
Around the ground, Brent Herdman was providing a contest in the ruck and picking up plenty of possessions, while the attack, which had spilt a couple of golden opportunities early, started to get on top and work well together.
Kicking against the breeze in the second term, Bomaderry started to get on top with the forwards marking well and providing plenty of options, while the Tigers’ defence continued to hold firm and keep the opposition at bay.
While the conditions made for a physical and demanding game, apart from a couple of skirmishes and two send offs, the coaching staff would be pretty happy with the way the Tigers stuck to the task and attacked the ball.
The forward line lead by Brent Tyrrell, James Lees, Brayden Varcoe and Andrew Ellis probably stood out, the efforts and leadership from Matt Cace and the rest of the backline certainly laid the platform for what turned out to be a fairly comfortable win in the end.
Brent Herdman once again had a strong game throughout, as did Thomas Edgar and Liam Arnold.
A special mention must go to Paul Posterino, Toby Craig, Josh Murphy, Joseph Mason and Mark Bronsema, who were promoted to first grade and made the most of their opportunity.
Scores: Bomaderry defeated Port Kembla
Final scores: 15-20: 110 3-5:23
Goal kickers: Brent Tyrrell 4, James Lees 4, Brayden Varcoe 3, Andrew Ellis 2, Matt Cace 1, Joshua Lapatha 1.
Best players: Matt Cace, Brent Herdman, Luke McCann, Brent Tyrrell, James Lees, Andrew Ellis, Brayden Varcoe, Cameron Cullen, Matthew Wyles, Thomas Edgar, Liam Arnold and Joshua Smith.
Awards: James Lees (Bridge Hotel meal voucher), Joshua Smith (Kel Campbell Caltex fuel card), Thomas Edgar (Scruples Hairstyles voucher), Brent Herdman (Mamma’s Italian Kitchen Award), Matt Cace (Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant voucher), Luke McCann (Dunn & Williams Coaches Cup).
The reserve grade match turned out to be another entertaining game and a win Dayks would be pretty proud of.
With a third of the team yet to grace the training track, and another four or five players with limited preparation, the club did not really know what to expect.
Fortunately the conditions probably slowed things down a little and gave the boys a bit more time to gather the ball and hit their targets.
What stood out to me was the performance of some of the players who maybe struggled at times last year, but look to have improved under Pudge and Dayks.
Mark Everard with six goals had a day out in attack with strong support from Alex Prudence and Matt Hickmott.
Matt marked everything that came his way and had he kicked straight could easily have bagged six or seven goals.
Dale Parry probably played his best game, as did Toby Craig, whose endeavour and ability to win the hard ball and deliver to a teammate was first rate.
Toby has hardly missed a training run and is clearly benefiting from the extra work, which no doubt had a lot to do with him being appointed the reserve grade captain.
Hugh Rowland came in at the last minute and virtually rucked all game to be among Bomaderry’s best.
Paul Stevenson, despite coming back from a broken wrist, tackled everything that moved and ran all day, picking up a heap of possessions.
Toby Allman, Juddy and Zac Menhennet provided good options going forward, while in defence, Tom Bieleny, Andrew Pearn and Sheldon Varcoe proved ever reliable and provided plenty of rebound off halfback.
Hopefully the team can build on this, although they may field a completely different line-up again this weekend.
Well done team on a good win.
Dayks performed sensationally, as not only did he coach both games, but also played both games and led from the front.
Thanks also to Tony, Jason Cace, Paul Stevenson, Chris Sewell, Caleb and Nathan for helping out and to our supporters for getting behind the boys.
It was much appreciated.
Scores: Bomaderry defeated Port Kembla
Final scores: 14-7:91 6-7:43
Goalkickers: Mark Everard 6, Matthew Hickmott 2, Alex Prudence 2, Toby Allman 1, Paul Stevenson 1, Zac Menhennet1, Sheldon Varcoe 1.
Best players: Paul Stevenson, Hugh Rowland, Toby Craig, Matthew Hickmott, Mark Everard, Sheldon Varcoe, Zac Menhennet, Terry Kager, Alex Prudence, Dale Parry and Toby Allman.
Awards: Paul Stevenson (Bridge Hotel meal voucher), Hugh Rowland (Scruples’ Hairstyles voucher), Toby Craig (Mamma’s Italian Kitchen Award), Matthew Hickmott (Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant voucher), Sheldon Varcoe (Subway – Nowra Fair voucher), Zac Menhennet (Dunn & Williams Coaches Cup).
This week, the Tigers travel to Boniara Oval to take on Kiama in what should be a really good contest and a chance to see what areas the teams need to work on. Reserve grade starts at 12.15pm, followed by first grade at 2.10pm.
Anyone needing a lift or directions should be at the clubrooms by 10.30am on Saturday.
Unless there are special circumstances, the club would like to see both teams at the ground to support each other and help out on the sidelines.
The same goes with the awards.
While I appreciate there are times when you cannot make it, if you can get back to the pub after the away games, or are able to stick around after a home game, then please do.
Match day awards will be presented back at the Bridge Hotel on Saturday night between 6pm and 6.30pm.
For more information on club activities, please contact Tony McCann on 0422 365 408 or Sticks on 0403 291 231.
Until next week, go the Tigers.