Tigers too good for Redeyes

Photo by Holly Curtis

It was another tough round for Blighty, who took on fourth placed Katamatite on Saturday.

The snior Redeyes hit the scoreboard early on in the game, but the slick Tiger outfit stopped them for making any further opportunities for goal.

Final score: Blighty 1.0 (6) def by Katamatite 26.16 (172).

The reserves had a better game against Katamatite.

While there was no win, the endeavour was “tip top”.

The wind was strong at the highway end of the oval, we were against it the first quarter.

The side was down by 5 goals straight away with the breeze rewarding the visiting side. However, the boys were meshing and the vibe was strong.

The defence remained strong, although mismatched with height throughout the field.

Matty Hay was best on, with a goal that brought the house down.

His determination for the footy was somewhat of AFL standard.

The Dudley brothers showed some real character also, with Sam down the back line for the first time.

They showed huge improvement today resulting in two more best ons.

Chris Hovenden (who was captain for the day) performed well down back, and even with a hamstring injury late in the first half didn’t drop his head.

Kynan Mckenzie was another a best on.

A slight calf strain first five minutes didn’t stop him getting in the guts and showing the younger boys how it’s done.

The score board did not reflect on how we played.

Special thanks to Katamatite for standing out for a minute silence for he late great Lenny Savage.

They showed great sportsmanship not only then, but throughout the game loaning us a player at half time.

Final score: Blighty 1.0 (6) def by Katamatite 24.15 (159).

After another week off due to the club bye, the thirds boys were a bit slow to start.

In the first half they were very competitive, but lacked some run around the ground.

It gave Katamatite a handy lead at half time.

In the third quarter the boys battled hard with our defence under pressure, but never dropped their heads.

Coming into the last quarter with nothing to lose, they all came out hard at the ball and started to control the game.

Unfortunately they left the run too late and came away with a loss.

Best on was Henry Michael playing fullback all day.

Will Dudley, Max Caruso and Bede Orr also received awards playing midfield all day.

Jack Gavel, playing off the centre half back line also, received an award for playing his hard man brand of footy.

Final score: Blighty 3.2 (20) def by Katamatite 13.9 (87).

Unfortunately the young fourth Redeyes had another loss on the weekend, going down by five points to a hard-fighting Katamatite side.

However, this young group really should hold their heads up high.

With two teammates sent to hospital after putting their bodies on the line, the boys and girls fought it out all the way to the end.

Better players for the day were captain Jezza Doolan, who seems to be in the right spot at the right time, getting plenty of ball around the ground.

Ash Hines, with his tackling pressure and gaining plenty of positions around the ground, was also recognised.

Bailey Hemphill’s confidence is really starting to show through his footy getting in and getting plenty of possessions.

Young Haydn Sampson, coming off the wing, was getting amongst it everywhere.

Angus Lawson played another cracking game gaining plenty of possessions around the ground and showing his aerial dominance with some classic marks.

Pip Bain is another one who is showing growing confidence, and is starting to get in and get a lot more of the ball.

Final score: Blighty 4.5 (29) def by Katamatite 5.4 (34).

The youngest Redeyes turned up to play on Saturday, and what a nail-biter it was.

Coming down to the wire in the final seconds, the fifths battled hard to the very end tom come away with the win.

Playing four good solid quarters of footy allowed the kids plenty of time on the field.

Thanks to the Katamatite kids who jumped across and helped us out.

Best on this week went to Sam Strong who was a stand out playing a real captains game.

Next award went to Tommy Dudley who is a little pocket rocket, racking up possession.

Tommy Bain also received an award for his efforts, going in hard at the ball in every contest.

Liam Gordon was rewarded also for his constant pressure he put on around the ground.

Last award for the day went to Lachie Bain who is starting to find his feet on the ground and get amongst the action.