Reserve grade took on Penrith in cold and windy conditions due to the Antarctic vortex that hit South East Australia but it was apparent a stronger vortex was in front of Balmains goals. There were plenty of shots at goal but most couldn’t seem to go through the big sticks and Penriths more accurate kicking gave them the win.
Brett Wall was Best On for Balmain, playing with sky high confidence after several impressive games in the Seniors. Billy Shipway was also handy in the midfield, kicking a goal. Ryan Betts also had an excellent game, playing in the ruck and up forward, also managing to snare a goal despite the Balmain vortex.
In the Seniors it was a big day with U19 player and Drummoyne Power graduate, Lachie Uyeda on debut, Jessie Dransfield on debut after having more than his fair share of injuries and a milestone of 150 club games for Brendan Cann. The Balmain vortex disappeared in Div 1 as the Tigers got out to a 2 goals to nil lead at quarter time and from there they never looked back, holding Uni to only 3 goals for the game.
James Webster was Best On and a brick wall in defence, blocking all forward entries from Uni that came his way. Troy Luff played his best game of the year, kicking a difficult goal into the wind and taking strong marks all over the park. Kevin Jones also had a great game, winning the taps, taking contested marks and contributing in the defensive and in the forward lines.