Tigers roar against traditional rivals

CLOSE CALL: Bomaderry Tigers’ Joshua Smith manages to keep the ball from going out of play. Photos: GILLIAN LETT
CLOSE CALL: Bomaderry Tigers’ Joshua Smith manages to keep the ball from going out of play. Photos: GILLIAN LETT

LAST Saturday saw the McDonald’s Family Restaurant/Amazing Dental sponsored Bomaderry Tigers take on their old enemy Albatross in what is traditionally a fairly tough and closely fought contest.

Unfortunately the Demons are going through a rough patch at the moment, but to their credit, they certainly did not lay down and made the Tigers earn their kicks, especially in the first half.

Jack Boxsell made his first grade debut and really seemed to relish the occasion and wide open spaces.

While only small, he definitely is a player with a big future and it was great to see the boys get around him when he kicked his first senior goal.

It was a pity Cam missed it, but the man flu has been known to knock out even the strongest of men.

Matt Hickmott marked strongly and despite a number of missed opportunities, was still a good foil up forward with three goals.

Pauly Stevenson had another big game kicking four goals, and Luke McCann managed to get through the game without being pole-axed a second time.

STEAL: Albatross Demons’ Nicolas Cole makes a breakthrough.

STEAL: Albatross Demons’ Nicolas Cole makes a breakthrough.

Best for the Tigers in what was a good team performance include the ageless Matt Cace, whose influence and run in the midfield managed to catch the manager’s eye every time he looked out the canteen window.

Mat Ganderton and Sean Byrne continued their good form with some quality ball out of the middle, as did Jimmy Nicoll, who really relished the opportunity to play well against his old club.

Matt Bryce won a lot of ball and gave the Tigers plenty of run on the outskirts, Brent Herdman and Brayden Varcoe with four goals apiece worked well in attack, while down back Kieren Whiteley and Joshua Smith stood out in what was a fairly good effort the back six.

However probably the biggest performance of the day was Jack Reynolds.

While still only relatively new to the game and certainly not in the build of your copybook ruckman, Jack also made his debut in first grade and really caught everyone’s eye.

Pudge passed on his thanks and appreciation to all the young players who have been training with the seniors and helping out on a weekend.

Some of those include Tom Roach, Caleb Gulliver, Nathan Hyam and John Ulrick. These boys, along with so many others, represent the future of the club, so make sure you thank them and make them feel welcome.

Also, thank you Adam and Heidi for their help on the weekend and also Trish Cace for stepping in to fill Kathy’s shoes at short notice.

Final scores: Bomaderry (26-18:174) defeated Albatross (3-2:20).

Goal kickers: Brent Herdman 4, Brayden Varcoe 4, Paul Stevenson 4, Matthew Hickmott 3, Matt Cace 3, James Nicoll 3, Matthew Bryce, Matt Ganderton, Jack Boxsell and Mark Everard one goal each.

Best players: Matt Cace, Mathew Ganderton, Jack Reynolds, Brent Herdman, James Nicoll, Matt Bryce, Sean Byrne, Paul Stevenson, Kieren Whiteley and Jack Boxsell.

Awards: Jack Reynolds (Bridge Hotel meal voucher), Jimmy Nicoll (Kel Campbell Caltex fuel card), Mathew Ganderton (Scruples Hairstyles voucher), Matt Bryce (Mamma’s Italian Kitchen award), Matt Cace (Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant voucher), Paul Stevenson (Dunn & Williams Coaches Cup).

SMASH: It wasn’t a smooth game for the Bomaderry Tigers as two players collide.

SMASH: It wasn’t a smooth game for the Bomaderry Tigers as two players collide.

After a good performance the week before and with a fairly strong team on paper, Reserve grade were looking good going into last Saturday’s clash against Ulladulla.

Unfortunately the Dockers were obviously up for the game and really showed the boys how it is done, completely dominating the centre clearances to have Bomaderry’s defence under constant pressure.

With six goals (up the hill) in the first quarter to the Tigers’ two, followed by another seven unanswered goals in the second term, things looked fairly ominous for the Tigers going into the half-time break.

While the Dockers are clearly good enough to be playing first grade, the Tigers really need to take a look at themselves and start working a lot harder, especially on their fitness, as they simply had no answer to Ulladulla’s running game.

Not sure what Dukesy said at half-time, but Bomaderry’s second half was certainly a lot better with Nick McDonald doing a great job curtailing Matty Thompson’s effectiveness.

Toby Craig and Paul Stevenson started to win a bit more ball at the stoppages, Brent Tyrrell and Matt Hickmott continued to battle hard around the ground, and with Josh Murphy having another strong game and marking strongly, the Tigers finally started to apply a bit of pressure and make the opposition work hard for their possessions.

Others to stand out include Micheal Hoeksema, Jack Boxsell and Daniel Kemp, while down back Nathan Thomas really made his presence known with a strong four quarter effort to be among the Tigers’ best.  

The Tigers were beaten by a better side, and the only way they are going to improve is by getting to training and working a lot harder.

Final scores: Ulladulla (20-7: 127) defeated Bomaderry (3-6:24).           

Goal kickers: Mark Everard, Paul Stevenson and Jack Boxsell one goal each.

Best players: Josh Murphy, Michael Hoeksema, Nathan Thomas, Toby Craig, Nick McDonald, Brent Tyrrell, Matthew Hickmott,  Daniel Kemp, Paul Stevenson and Jack Boxsell.

Awards: Michael Hoeksema (Bridge Hotel meal voucher), Toby Craig (Scruples Hairstyles voucher), Nick McDonald (Mamma’s Italian Kitchen award), Brent Tyrrell (Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant voucher), Nathan Thomas (Subway voucher) and Josh Murphy (Dunn & Williams Coaches Cup).

This week both grades take on Wollongong at Keira Oval in what will certainly be a tough day at the office.

There are heaps of players out so you may need to double a few up, but if both teams play their best and apply enough pressure, anything is possible.

Reserve grade will leave the clubrooms at 10.15am, so if you need a lift or do not know where to go, be there on time.

Match day awards will be presented back at the Bridge Tavern on Saturday night between 6pm and 6.30pm.

There is only one week to go until the 38th Annual WHOOA Cup and Past Players Day.

It promises to be a great day and while not sure how many will turn up, early indications are fairly promising.

As I said last week, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the club’s double premiership success in 2004 and the 20th anniversary of their 1994 first grade flag, plus 25 years since they captured their first ever first grade premiership.

The club has done its best to try and contact those players involved and invite them back for the weekend and while they do not expect everyone to attend, if you know of anyone who was around at the time or you have been involved with the club in any capacity, please feel welcome to pass the word and come along for what should be a great day and night of festivities.

While not compulsory, fancy dress is certainly encouraged, so why not head down to Vinnies or dig through your wardrobes and drag out your Sunday best?

For those among you that have never been to a cup before, make sure to ask around as this is one event you do not want to miss.

Ladies, 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 and the night kicks off at 6.30pm.

For more information on club activities please contact Sticks on 0403 291 231.

Until next week, go the Tigers.

FUMBLE: Bomaderry Tigers’ Mark Hart scrambles for the ball.

FUMBLE: Bomaderry Tigers’ Mark Hart scrambles for the ball.