We hope all our players and supporters are making the most of their bye week! Last week saw another wonderful Saturday and the men from Dodges Ferry really came to the TCA full of confidence and raring to go. The under 18’s was a real learning game for our boys, they showed some good skills in patches but were outgunned by the Shark attack. At quarter time there was only a few points margin but from then on we were outclassed. Our players are improving each week and I for one cannot wait to see our first win in this division. The reserves were a strange group this week getting out of the blocks well to be comfortable in front at quarter time. Then we relaxed and a strong Sharks outfit out scored and outclassed us for two quarters to the point at three quarter time we trailed by 14 points. Fourth quarter was game on as we plugged away at closing the gap. The Sharks kicking a goal after the siren, to sink the Tigers by 6 points. A classic finish to a great game. Best players included Mark Beck, Josh Webster and Luke Allie. The main game and it lived up to all expectations with the first quarter being fast and physical. The Sharks weren’t kicking straight (or we would have been in deep trouble) so at quarter time the Tigers held a 7 point lead. Dodges responded in the second quarter and kicked 4 goals 3 behinds to look like winners at the main break. The third quarter saw a real tussle and the Tigers clawed back to within 1 point at three quarter time. Game on in the last as the Tigers kept peppering the goals to score 2 goals 6 behinds and with the ball heading into Dodges Ferry forward line the siren sounded giving the Tigers a 6 point win. Two weeks in a row we have witnessed great games of football and Dodges Ferry are to congratulated on their efforts. Sunday saw Hobart’s own masterules team, the Hobart Pigskin Warriors, tread the light fantastic on the Lauderdale Oval. Combatants for the day were arch rivals, Sorell Eagles. This band of evergreen elite athletes grouped together prior to the game in the midst of coach Russell who whipped his troops into a frenzy prior to entering the battlefield. Out they came, some ran, some jogged, some waddled, the 2016 crusade begins. The game started at a frenetic pace as expected, with big Rexy in the centre palming the ball at will to his mosquito fleet, with Direen, Perry, Franky, Thompson and Gaff picking up the crumbs. Youngsters Tichie Edwards and Roger “Fruitfly” Paul were instrumental with Roger finally getting his balance right, his legs moving at the same pace as his mouth. The backline was held together strongly with the likes of Faulkner, Howard, Walker, Bazza & Dazza and Chatterton repelling all movements into their forward line. Up forward, the twin towers of Broughton and Russell looked formidable, throw in Hooker at centre half forward and the weather report should have read, it will be raining goals in Lauderdale. The further the game went on, it became apparent, it would be a game of the backlines with the back six of both teams putting in stellar performances and keeping forward opportunities minimal. Big Russell Grierson and McGill kept the Sorell forwards on their toes with some old fashioned backline fists through the ball, while up forward Broughton kicked one truly, the result being more about his posterior than his foot skills, as it managed to turn more than a Warne leggie and avoid half a dozen Sorell back men and roll through the big sticks. This week we thank some of our player sponsors including Austbrokers BGA (Grant Butters) This insurance really is the best in town so do yourself a favour and contact them on 6278 1526 Hobart Old Players, Officials and Supporters Association - We thank this group for their continued support. K&D Warehouse – Is another great supporter of community football. If you are looking for hardware, garden products or even a gift you won’t find a better place to go.