First Grade suffered their first loss of the year to UTS. A fast starting UTS had the lead at every change but to their credit the Balmain boys never gave up, taking a 1 point lead halfway through the last quarter from a Luke Wilby goal only to have UTS kick a couple of late goals and take the win. Tony ‘wrecking ball’ Ng impressed the coaches along with Andrew Marsden in the back line while Sam Hocking showed his class on debut and will prove to be a valuable member of the senior playing group.
Reserve grade are 0-2 after playing another strong side in Pennant Hills. With a few injuries impacting the sides ability to score, Matt Sutton had an excellent game at Full Back, Nick Turner worked hard in the middle and Harry Peers has a lot of potential in the forward line.
Pennant Hills 15.15-105
Div 5 played UTS and the scoreboard doesnt reflect how competitive they were. Michael Dunlea in his first game after returning to the Tigers used his skills and experience to win the ball while Joel Burrell showed great determination in his second game of aussie rules and is developing into a solid footballer. If the div 5 boys stick together, they will get a few wins on the board this year and push the top teams.
1st Grade won their first round of the year against Southern Power. Ed McCann kicked 4 goals in a dominant display at Full Forward while Luke Wilby kicked 3 on debut. Alasdair Brown also on debut was everywhere and could not put a foot wrong. Hugh Priest controlled the midfield with Andrew Thwaites.
Southern Power 9.3-57
Div 3 played 2015 Preliminary finalists Penrith and went down by 4 goals but the scoreboard doesn’t reflect the endeavour by the team and how close the game really was. Troy Luff showed his class in the ruck and in the forward line while Simon Ede was getting the ball from Adan Rand in the middle and Reece Gillespie kicked some great goals.
Div 5 also played Penrith and won with Andrew Kyprianou turning back the clock and kicking a lazy 13 goals. Brad Zammit used his pace to break the lines and work the ball forward in a full team effort from all 22 players.
Tomorrow is a HUGE day in Tigerland with Round 1 for all three grades at home followed by the Season Launch at the London Hotel in Balmain from 7pm!
Good luck to all teams!
Training is optional for this Thursday only and will be some running starting at Glover St Oval at 6:30pm
Normal Training activities resume on Tuesday the 29th, at Glover St Oval at 6:30pm
Training on Tuesday the 22nd of March will be at Glover st oval in Lilyfield.
Meet at the rooms on the Wharf Road side at 6:20pm