THIS weekend represents a huge weekend for the Bomaderry Australian Football Club as the Tigers welcome back members from the respective teams that won premiership in first and second grade in 2004, first Grade in 1994 and the inaugural first grade flag in 1989.
Last year the Tiger’s decided to hold a past players day each year in an effort to encourage past players and members still living locally, to pop up and see how the club is going and enjoy a beverage or two with their mates.
As 2004 marks the 10th, 20th and 25th anniversary of those milestones, the club thought it only fair to invite those players involved back for the weekend and to make it worth the trip, the club has aligned it with the running of the 38th Annual WHOOA Cup, which for many, should bring back a few fond memories.
Although not compulsory, fancy dress is certainly encouraged on Saturday night, so why not head down to Vinnies or dig through your wardrobes and drag out your Sunday best?
For those among you who have never been to a cup before, make sure to ask around as this is one event you do not want to miss.
Women, there is also a presentation to “Miss WHOOA 2014” so make sure you dress for the occasion and do not forget to wear a hat.
Cost is $5 a head which includes supper and a race program.
The night kicks off at 6.30pm, so start organising your syndicates and make sure you get there nice and early before the bidding gets underway.
LAST Saturday saw the McDonald’s Family Restaurant/Amazing Dental sponsored Tigers take on Wollongong at Kiera Oval.
The first quarter was quite quick and highly physical at the contest, with Uni making the most of the match ups early to shoot out to a three goal lead.
Bomaderry’s defence was under quite a bit of pressure with the Bulldogs creating a lot of run through the midfield.
With a few positional changes at the break, the Tigers managed to get themselves back into the game.
A big team defensive effort was also a contributor.
The forward pressure was fantastic as the defence and midfield were working hard to get the ball into Bomaderry’s forward 50.
Izzy, Jimmy Lees and Matt Farrow were providing strong leads, and fought hard for front position, which led to the 50-50 calls going in Bomaderry’s favour. The margin at half-time was only 10 points.
The game was a real arm wrestle and the Bulldogs managed to extend the lead to 21 points at three-quarter-time.
The last quarter was much the same, a dogfight to the end.
Bomaderry managed to get within 10 points in the last term, but the Bulldogs held on to take the points in a fairly dour struggle.
Despite the loss, the defensive efforts from the whole side were impressive. There were plenty of spoils, tackles and pressure acts that restricted the Bulldogs' free running game.
The two Jacks, Hangan and Jackman, were outstanding through the midfield.
Farrow up forward played his best game for the year presenting well on the lead. Mic Mac was silky through traffic and opened the game up on the outside.
Jimmy Lees bagged four goals in an undermanned forward line against a strong side and will hopefully grow in confidence to finish the year off strongly.
A big thank you to the half a dozen players that doubled up from reserve grade and made an impact when they had their chance.
Also thanks to those guys that ran water and helped out on the sidelines.
Final scores: Wollongong (15-12:102) defeated Bomaderry (13-8:86).
Goal kickers: James Lees 4, Joshua Lapatha 2, Jack Hangan 2, Matthew Farrow, Matthew Bryce, Lachlan Jackman, Toby Craig and Liam Arnold one goal each.
Best players: Lachlan Jackman, Jack Hangan, Sean Byrne, Matthew Farrow, Kieren Whiteley, Michael McMenamin, Brent Herdman, Joshua Lapatha, Liam Arnold, Matt Bryce and Matt Cace.
Awards: Lachlan Jackman (Bridge Hotel meal voucher), Jack Hangan (Kel Campbell Caltex fuel card), Kieren Whiteley (Scruples Hairstyles voucher), Matthew Farrow (Mamma’s Italian Kitchen award), Michael McMenamin (Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant voucher), Liam Arnold (Dunn & Williams Coaches Cup).
LAST weekend was a real battle just getting a team together. With about 12 first graders out and at least six regular reserve graders unavailable, it was going to be a tough match against Wollongong.
With Dukesy unavailable, Smouch put his hand up to coach the boys, who responded with a real gutsy effort.
While Bomaderry fell away towards the end, the players can be really proud of their effort.
They tackled, chased hard and made the opposition earn every possession, which is all you can ask.
In a fairly good team effort, Josh Murphy and Joshua Lapatha really stood out for the Tigers.
Josh is in the best form of his life, marking strongly and reading the play particularly well, while Izzy kicked three goals and set up two or three others to keep the Tigers in the game.
Jack Boxsell presented well and had the delivery been a bit cleaner, could well have made the difference.
Blake Hill battled gamely all day in the ruck and while beaten, never stopped trying.
Nathan Thomas was again a tower of strength in the backline with good support from Joseph Mason.
Toby Craig, Daniel Kemp and Micheal Hoeksema continued their consistent form winning their share of clearance and tackling everything that moved, while Mark Everard in an unaccustomed position, made the most of his opportunities in the midfield.
Whilst Josh and Izzy were probably the standouts, everyone had a dip and did well in passages.
Final scores: Wollongong (10-14: 74) defeated (7-2:44)
Goal kickers: Joshua Lapatha 3, Toby Craig, Mark Everard, Joseph Mason and Michael Hoeksema one goal each.
Best players: Josh Murphy, Joshua Lapatha, Jack Boxsell, Toby Craig, Daniel Kemp, Michael Hoeksema, Nathan Thomas, Mark Everard, Joseph Mason and Blake Hill.
Awards: Joshua Lapatha (Bridge Hotel meal voucher), Ryan Hiscox (Scruples Hairstyles voucher), Josh Murphy (Mamma’s Italian Kitchen award), Jack Boxsell (Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant voucher), Chris Sewell (Subway voucher), Mark Everard (Dunn & Williams Coaches Cup).
This weekend, both grades are at home against Northern Districts in what looms as another big challenge for the club.
If you are not playing or directly involved, the club is going to need a hand either on the sideline or in the canteen, so please make yourself available if you can help.
Match Day Awards will be presented at the WHOOA Cup.
For more information on club activities please contact Sticks on 0403 291 231.
Until next week, go the Tigers.