Match Reports

Round 7 an important win for the Tigers


Fantastic weather and two really good football teams allowed for an entertaining game in our Round 7 contest with Woodville West Torrens.

They have certainly been one of the form teams of the competition to date, with their ability to score heavily making them a challenging assignment on their home ground with lots of open space. We entered the game with a plan in place to take away some of their strengths, allow for some of our own to shine and to our playing groups credit, they executed it extremely well for the most part and we move on to Round 8 with an important win in the bank.

We felt the way we started the game was as good as we have done that this season to date, our work around contest, our pressure all over the ground allowed us to force some turn overs and have the ball at our end of the ground for the majority of the first quarter. Our offence started to get going off the back of that and while we felt like we deserved some more reward, the gap in the game turned out to be really important. The 2nd quarter played out reasonably similar, our pressure stayed strong and while WWT were able to create some opportunities of their own, our ability to be the next to score again was pleasing and allowed us to get to half time in a strong position. As is the case in this competition, if you drop off slightly against good teams the momentum shifts which was the case in the first half of the third quarter and we allowed WWT to get right back into the game.

One area that has been really pleasing over the last 3 games has been our ability to respond and the last 10 mins of the 3rd quarter was a great example of that, with 2 really important goals. The advantage we had in the game remained at the last break. From a coaching perspective, our last quarter was a really mature quarter of football. They came at us with lots of energy and a willingness to take risks, but our defensive scramble and then some composed offence allowed us to stay in front in the game and take a really strong win. It sets us up well into the next few weeks which is important.

Our reserves group in the unusual Sunday twilight time slot played an outstanding brand of football for 4 quarters to record a strong win. Similar to the league team built off really strong pressure, we were able to get the ball moving our way consistently and find multiple ways to score. The past few games we have seen some really strong football from this group. There are a number of guys playing at a consistently high level, they are seeing some great reward for how they are going about their preparation week to week which is really pleasing.

We head into our Round 8 clash with Central Districts Football Club next Saturday back at Stratarama Stadium. We look forward to seeing our supporters out as we look to continue the momentum that we have built over the last few weeks.

Go The Bays

– Darren Reeves, Senior Coach

Goal kickers: Hosie (4), Allen (3), Reynolds, Lovelock, Martini, McBean

Best Players: Allen, Bailey, Martini, Snook, Hosie, Proud