Welcome to our first home game of 2017 in which we will welcome many past premiership players back into the den for a quiet drink to the talk about the past and watch the present day Tigers run around.
We made our annual road trip across the Sturt highway a skip across the race track and onto the football field. In surprisingly good conditions for the heart of the MIA our 17’s got off to a great start holding a comfortable lead at ¾ time. Watching their coach get ready for the seconds the boys must have thought they were home and packed up shop as Leeton came storming home. A sigh of relief as the boys held on for a 6 point victory to get there season off to a good start. The elders South Wagga award went to Xavier Lyons, Glenn Bennett Constructions award to J Casey and Ryan Colvin Tiling to R Cahill.
The seconds were disappointed to learn they had to play 16 while watching a full Leeton warm up and responded on the field, against the win holding Leeton to one goal. Our patience prevailed with a big second quarter setting the game up as the boys cruised to a 70 point win. In a battle of the depth a few blokes put there hand up for 2pm selection. The Sam Gaynor Building award went to Justin Jenkins, William Farrer Cash award to Mitch Wadley and our mug went to Andrew Dutton.
Onto the much anticipated Grand Final re match and it lived up to the hype. Some skill errors in the first half prevented Tigers from holding a half time lead and went in trailing by less than a kick. In an odd showing Leeton decided to ask how last year’s premiership celebrations went as the two teams made their way to the sheds this set the game up for an exciting second half. While the canteen ran out of food most hung around to see how the game would unfold. A solid third quarter from Leeton set up a match winning lead as they were able to hang on. Leeton crowd favourite Shaun Campbell led from the front all day with a follow me style of football. The Noonan Rural award went to Sam McGowan on debut. Supermix Concrete went to Dyl Morton, Joe and Glenn Medua cash award went to Lahn “Cameron Ling” Shepherd and the players Mug went to Nathan Cooke.
We look forward to locking horns with Mango who look to be big movers after some off season quality signings and will no doubt be looking to get one up on us early in the year.
See you in the Bar
Timmy the Tiger #99