Tigers to help turn on the lights this Saturday

THIS Saturday night the McDonald’s Family Restaurant/Amazing Dental sponsored Tigers take on Kiama in a night game to mark the official opening of their new lights at Bonaira Oval. 

BACK IN THE GOOD BOOKS: The Bomaderry Tigers rejoice being back in the winning circles thanks to a win over the Figtree Kangaroos last weekend.

BACK IN THE GOOD BOOKS: The Bomaderry Tigers rejoice being back in the winning circles thanks to a win over the Figtree Kangaroos last weekend.

Kiama are expecting a healthy crowd at the ground with one or two special guests to witness the occasion. 

Reserve grade kicks off at 4.45pm followed by first grade at 6.45pm. 

Get out there to support your team.

Last Saturday the Tigers’ first grade side took on the Figtree Kangaroos in perfect weather for Australian football.

A few penalties were handed out during the week after last week’s lack of discipline against Northern Districts, which hopefully got the message across that giving away opportunities to the opposition was not acceptable.

The first quarter saw plenty of goals being scored at both ends. 

Figtree were working hard in the centre and applying plenty of pressure around the ground. 

This pressure lead to a few turnovers and made for some rushed ineffective disposals. 

Jack Hangan was a welcome addition to the Tigers after some minor injuries and had not lost any touch. 

Lachlan Jackman was also getting dirty early and looked to have a day out. 

The Tigers went to quarter-time eight points up. 

The second quarter was much the same. 

It was obvious the Tigers were not working hard enough to get first hands on the pill.

The back line were working quite well with Andrew Lee again fantastic across half back, and Bernie’s read of play was also quite effective.

Bomaderry managed to stretch the lead to 13 points heading in to half-time but they were lacking intensity.

Some minor transitional changes just after half-time seemed to be much more effective. 

Cam Cullen was in beast mode through the centre and positioned himself well on the break. 

Sammy Dunell was slick off half back. 

Brent Tyrell started to jump all over their ruckmen and really got the ball rolling for our midfield.

The last quarter was another scrappy affair, which made it hard for Bomaderry to really get a roll on. 

Luke Hogan and Mathew Ganderton were consistent all day but had particularly good second halves.

Brent Tyrell was consistent all day and gave us greater flexibility with our talls. 

Final scores: Bomaderry (13-11:89) defeated Figtree (6-4:40)

Goalkickers: Bradley Graham 5, Brayden Varcoe 3, Jimmy Nicoll 2, Luke Hogan, Mathew Ganderton and Sean Byrne 1.

Best players: Jack Hangan, Jeremy O’Byrne, Sean Byrne, Cameron Cullen, Mathew Ganderton, Luke Hogan, Brent Tyrrell, Joshua Smith, Lachlan Jackman, Sam Dunell and Andrew Lee.

Awards: Jack Hangan (Bridge Hotel meal voucher), Brent Tyrrell (Kel Campbell Caltex fuel card), Cameron Cullen (Scruples Hairstyles voucher), Joshua Smith (Mamma’s Italian Kitchen award), Luke Hogan (Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant Voucher), Mathew Ganderton (Dunn & Williams Coaches Cup).

Reserve grade was a real arm wrestle from start to finish. 

Figtree jumped out of the blocks early but the Tigers managed to kick a couple of goals uphill late in the first quarter to stay in touch. 

The second quarter was easily Bomaderry’s best, kicking five goals while restricting Figtree to two goals. 

Leading by seven points at the main break, the Tigers needed a strong third quarter uphill to give themselves any chance. 

Bomaderry’s backline who had been under enormous pressure all day again stood tall with Matt Hickmott, Hugh Rowland, Toby Allman and Michael Hoeksema keeping Figtree’s talented forward line in check and providing plenty of rebound out of defence. 

Jack Reynolds was well and truly on top in the ruck with good support from Blake Hill, while Pauly Stevenson and Sheldon Varcoe continued their good form picking up plenty of possessions and more than holding their own at the clearances. 

With the downhill run in the last term and a two-point lead, the game looked there for the taking, but unfortunately three quick goals to the opposition at the start of the final quarter put the Tigers on the back foot, and while they had a couple of chances, they were unable to convert in front of goal.

The Tigers eventually ran out of time, going down by seven points in an entertaining game. 

Special mentions go to Jack Boxsell (love the way he goes about his football), Dale Lovatt (still only young but looks to have a big future in Australian football), Shane Oslear (attacked the ball and did ok in his first game) and Michael Hoeksema. 

Final scores: Figtree (12-8:80) defeated Bomaderry (14-3:87)

Goalkickers: Jack Boxsell 3, Mark Everard 2, Alex Prudence 2, Sheldon Varcoe 2, Toby Allman, Michael Hoeksema and Jack Reynolds 1.

Best players: Jack Reynolds, Paul Stevenson, Matthew Hickmott, Sheldon Varcoe, Michael Hoeksema, Jack Boxsell, Hugh Rowland, Toby Allman, Shane Oslear, Lachlan Price, Blake Hill and Daniel Kemp.

Awards: Jack Reynolds (Bridge Hotel meal voucher), Toby Allman (Scruples’ Hairstyles voucher), Matthew Hickmott (Mamma’s Italian Kitchen award), Shane Oslear (Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant voucher), Hugh Rowland (Subway – Nowra Fair voucher), Michael Hoeksema (Dunn & Williams Coaches Cup).

Last Saturday’s trivia night, while poorly attended by the players, was once again a successful night with more than 50 people on hand.

Thank you to Dukesy, your efforts were certainly appreciated. 

In a closely fought contest, ‘WHOOA the Party Animals – We Are’ emerged victorious. 

If that was not a big enough surprise, the fact that BT finished second definitely was. 

Thanks also to Julieanne, Heidi, Adam and Tony for you support throughout the night.

There are a couple of important dates that you need to lock into your social calendars.

The ‘Past Players Day’ and WHOOA Cup is on August 2 and the presentation night on September 13. 

This years ‘Past Players Day’ marks the 10th anniversary of the 2004 double premiership success, the 20th anniversary of the 1994 first grade premiership and 25 years since the first ever first grade flag.

If you know anyone or were involved with the club during any of those years, and would like to catch up with your old teammates or sparring partners, please feel welcome to come along.  

For more information on club activities (football or social) please contact Tony McCann on 0422 365 408 or Sticks on 0403 291 231.

Until next week, go the Tigers

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