ROUND three of the South Coast AFL saw the Bomaderry Tigers record two good wins despite the absence of 28 registered players due to Anzac Day commitments and various other activities.
Special thanks to the players who made themselves available and to everyone who helped out either on the sideline or in the canteen.
The club hopes that this week it gets a couple of players back as both teams are at different venues, meaning players wont be able to double up.
So if you are able to help out particularly on the sideline, please contact Sticks.
After a comfortable win in reserve grade, first grade might have thought their game against Shellharbour would be a walk in the park.
Shellharbour certainly came out firing and full of run to have the Tigers on the back foot early.
Slow starts have been the norm every game this year, something Pudge and Dayks will be looking to address.
Playing in the unaccustomed role as a ruckman, Matt Cace dominated the ruck contests all day, giving the likes of Jeremy Obyrne, Travis Chamberlain, Jimmy Nicoll, Michael McMenamin, Paul Stevenson and Paul Posterino clean possession and first use of the cherry.
This in turn enabled the Tigers to dominate the centre clearances and deliver the ball at ease to the forwards, who pretty much had a field day are quarter time.
Bomaderry’s new look backline did well when tested, with Matt Bryce leading the way with strong support from Toby Craig and Brad Jacques across half back. Brayden Varcoe was again a strong focal point at full forward.
B-Train is having easily his best season with the club, marking cleanly and kicking truly.
He was well supported by Brad Graham, who is showing great discipline despite plenty of close attention.
Andy Ellis and Jimmy Lees popped up all over the forward line kicking 11 goals between them to among Bomaderry’s best, while Roly continued to work hard despite sore ribs and having run a triathlon before the game.
Special mention to Kieren Whiteley who was promoted to first grade after only one game.
Kieren showed enough to suggest he will get plenty of opportunities with a more than useful contribution, picking up plenty possessions all over the field and win the plaudits of the coach.
This week first grade tackle arch rival Albatross at Tom Smith Oval at 2.10pm.
Players are asked to be out at Albatross around 1pm.
They are both away games so don’t forget to bring your white shorts.
Scores: Bomaderry (26-15:171)
defeated Shellharbour (6-8:44).
Goalkickers: James Lees 6, Andrew Ellis 5, Brayden Varcoe 4, Bradley Graham 3, Paul Posterino 2, Matthew Bryce 2, Jeremy Obyrne, Michael McMenamin, Roland Stokes and Bradley Jacques one goal each.
Best players: Matt Cace, Travis Chamberlain, Andrew Ellis, Jeremy Obyrne, Brayden Varcoe, James Lees, Kieren Whiteley, Michael McMenamin, Paul Posterino, Paul Stevenson, Matthew Bryce and Brad Jacques.
Awards: Travis Chamberlain (Bridge Hotel meal voucher), Andrew Ellis (Kel Campbell Caltex fuel card), James Lees (Scruples Hairstyles voucher), Kieren Whiteley (Mamma’s Italian Kitchen award), Brayden Varcoe (Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant voucher), Matt Cace (Dunn & Williams Coaches Cup).
Reserve grade has had two wins from as many outings.
The Tigers took the field reasonably confident that they could make it three from three despite another huge turn over in playing personnel.
With Toby Craig leading from the front, Paul Stevenson and Sheldon Varcoe in great form, Matt Hickmott available and Alex Prudence returning from injury, the Tigers knew they had a midfield capable of mixing it with the best.
The question was whether or not the forward line was up to the task and could capatalise on the glut of possession coming out of the centre.
It did not take long for that question to be answered with newcomer and 21st birthday boy Jack Reynolds kicking five goals on debut.
He was well supported by Jack Boxsell, another youngster making his debut, who kicked three and set up several others in a great display.
Zac Menhennet made a surprise return from injury and while this was his last game for some time, he absolutely dominated the ruck duels and was a big part of the Tigers’ midfield.
In only his second game, Blake Hill showed further improvement with two goals and plenty of run.
Down back, Nathan Thomas, Andrew Pearn, Lachlan Price and Joel Close were well on top, keeping the opposition scoreless in the first three quarters repeatedly repelling the ball and setting up play.
Mitchell Campbell and Matthew Reid also warrant a special mention.
These guys were called in at the last minute and while they have never played before, did well.
This week the team is to face Ulladulla.
They are a quality side and being at their home ground, you would have to expect a strong showing, so make sure you turn up ready to go.
Game starts at 11am.
For those that need a lift, we will be departing South Nowra McDonald’s car park at 9am.
Scores: Bomaderry (24-31:175) defeated Shellharbour (1-0:6).
Goal kickers: Jack Reynolds 5, Matthew Hickmott 4, Alex Prudence 4, Jack Boxsell 3, Blake Hill 2, Sheldon Varcoe 2, Paul Stevenson, Andrew Pearn, Nathan Thomas and Toby Craig one goal each.
Best players: Toby Craig, Sheldon Varcoe, Matthew Hickmott, Alex Prudence, Jack Boxsell, Jack Reynolds, Blake Hill, Nathan Thomas, Zak Menhennet, Andrew Pearn and Lachlan Price.
Awards: Toby Craig (Bridge Hotel meal voucher), Jack Reynolds (Scruples’ Hairstyles voucher), Sheldon Varcoe (Mamma’s Italian Kitchen award), Jack Boxsell (Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant voucher), Alex Prudence (Subway – Nowra Fair Voucher), Zak Menhennet (Dunn & Williams Coaches Cup).
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.