A fast finishing Reserve Grade couldn’t quite get over the line after squandering plenty of chances in the last quarter against Western Suburbs in the Div 3 game on Sunday. Wests set themselves up in the first half and Balmain held them to 1 goal for the second half but could not convert in front of goal to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Hamid Mangal was best for the Tigers, his ability to read the play and foot skills kept Balmain in the game. Brett Wall was again another top performer, finding form in the midfield and James Julian West tried hard all day. Two big questions from the game for Balmain are did James Julian West find enough ball to get back into First Grade and will the magoos be able to find the goals next week?
The Seniors took on Holroyd-Parramatta and it was the Goannas that held the lead at the end of the first quarter in a (surprise, surprise!) cold, wet and windy Henson Park. The sun started to shine in the second quarter as Balmains defense lead by Harry Hooter Jenkins held the Goannas to 2 goals for the remainder of the game. Young gun from Drummoyne Power, Billy Lambert, was damaging in the midfield and the Prince of Darkness himself, Chris Bolt, returned to career best form in a Best On Ground display. Skipper Hugh Priest was exceptional in the middle, getting plenty of clearances and danced around his opponents. It was another backs to the wall effort from the Tigers, unable to utilise the bench in the last quarter due to several injuries, which showed how much the team can rise to the challenge and play for each other when the going gets tough.