THE first grade McDonald’s Family Restaurant/Amazing Dental Bomaderry Tigers looked forward to the challenge of facing Albatross at Tom Smith Oval last weekend as there is plenty of history between the two sides.
The Tigers were keen to work on a few key areas despite the unfavourable conditions.
Bomaderry's focus for the game was to respect their opponents, to have a defensive mindset and to create some run and carry.
Bomaderry have had a bad habit of slow starts creeping in over the first few rounds with Albatross taking full advantage in the first quarter, kicking the first three majors of the term.
To Bomaderry's credit they tightened the screws and won the next few clearances to put some scoreboard pressure on and finished the first quarter 10 points ahead.
The message at quarter-time was to pick up the intensity and to give more direction at the stoppages.
The Tigers came out firing, knowing if they applied enough pressure, they had every chance.
Bomaderry were well lead by vice captain Brent Herdman in the ruck, providing the on ball brigade first use.
There was a great spread of midfielders that shared the ball around and provided cover for their teammates at the stoppages.
Standouts were Travis Chamberlain, who has been in great form this year, Jack Hangan, back from Australian Defence Force Australian Rules Representation, and Sam Dunell, who seemed to enjoy the opportunity of starting in the midfield this week.
The forward line relished the amount of inside 50's that Bomaderry were providing, and made the most of their opportunities.
It was great to see the veteran Brad Graham find his feet with a bag of six, and in sync with his partner in crime, vice captain Brayden Varcoe, who kicked two goals and gave off plenty.
James Lees who worked hard all day and finished with five.
The back six did an outstanding job restricting Albatross to only one further goal for the game.
Brent Tyrell was great in full back.
Bomaderry seemed to find their rhythm during the second half and set the tone for the rest of the game, kicking six goals in each of the remaining three quarters to run out eventual winners.
Congratulations to Matt Farrow for playing his 100th senior game for the club.
Final scores: Bomaderry 22-18 (150) defeated Albatross 4-1 (25)
Goalkickers: Bradley Graham 6, James Lees 5, Brent Herdman 3, Brayden Varcoe 2, Michael Bennet, Jack Hangan, Andrew Lee, Sean Byrne, Joshua Smith and Matt Bryce.
Best players: Jack Hangan, Brent Herdman, Brayden Varcoe, Travis Chamberlain, James Lees, Mathew Farrow, Bradley Graham, Sam Dunell, Michael Bennet, Andrew Lee, Lachlan Jackman and Michael McMenamin.
Awards: Brayden Varcoe (Bridge Hotel meal voucher), Travis Chamberlain (Kel Campbell Caltex fuel card), James Lees (Scruples Hairstyles voucher), Brent Herdman (Mamma’s Italian Kitchen Award), Jack Hangan (Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant voucher), Lachlan Jackman (Dunn and Williams Coaches Cup).
Last Saturday the undefeated Bomaderry Tigers reserve grade travelled to Ulladulla to take on the Ulladulla Dockers.
The reserve grade had one their last three games and had trained well all week with good numbers on the paddock in preparation for the big clash.
Coach Dayks asked the team to stick to their game plan and back themselves into the contest, but despite good intentions the Tigers were overwhelmed with the run and carry shown by Ulladulla.
The first quarter saw the backline led by Mark Bronsema under heavy fire with Mark trying his best to control the game from the backline with little support. With a depleted midfield the Tigers could not seem to win the clearances or get the ball out of the centre, which was frustrating for the forwards, who were starved of opportunities and unable to mount any scoreboard pressure.
With the game all but over by half-time, Dayks asked the boys to go back to basics and play their style of football.
Bomaderry stepped up and started to play a better standard of football with Matt Hickmott leading by example around the ground.
Jack Boxsell was playing a great game off the wing, and Sheldon Varcoe started to inspire the boys in the centre by winning the clearances and following it up with great ground work.
The so far quiet Josh Murphy was battling hard at ruck with him starting to get on top of his opponent.
Alex was lifting his game with some great hard tackles and never give up attitude.
The Tigers slowed down Ulladulla’s game but still were unable to convert on the score board.
With some success in the centre the last quarter was definitely the Tigers’ best.
But it was too little too late with the boys going down 102–3.
Final scores: Ulladulla (14-18:102) defeated Bomaderry (0-3-3)
Best players: Mark Bronsema, Joe Van Den Berg, Jack Boxsell, Matthew Hickmott, Joshua Lapatha, Sheldon Varcoe, Jack Reynolds, Blake Hill, Josh Murphy and Jye Murray.
Awards: Mark Bronsema (Bridge Hotel meal voucher), Joe Van Den Berg (Scruples Hairstyles voucher), Joshua Lapatha (Mamma’s Italian Kitchen award), Jack Boxsell (Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant voucher), Jye Murray (Subway – Nowra Fair voucher), Blake Hill (Dunn and Williams Coaches Cup).
This week both teams are at home to the Wollongong Bulldogs in what will surely be a huge test for both grades.
With the thought of Mother’s Day fresh on everyone’s mind, it was proposed that this week’s round might be an ideal opportunity to conduct a charity round for breast cancer.
As a result, all home clubs will wear pink socks and the away teams will wear yellow socks to raise awareness and collect some funds to go towards cancer research.
Pink footballs will be used, signed and presented to Scruple’s Hair and Beauty, who have thrown their support behind this worthwhile cause.
Players are expected to purchase their socks, proceeds of which will be used to cover the cost and be added to the collection boxes, which will be in circulation on the day.
In a bit of a change from normal routine, this week’s round of junior games will be played tonight, Friday, at Artie Smith Oval against Bay and Basin.
U12’s get underway at 5pm, followed by the U14’s at 6.15pm and the U16’s at 7.30pm.
This week the club is having a casserole night after the Wollongong game and would like everyone to stick around for the awards, a free feed and a couple of refreshments.
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.