First Grade traveled to Tarens Point to take on the in form Southern Power who beat contenders UTS and Pennant Hills in recent weeks. It looked like they were also going to claim the scalp of Balmain. The Power were leading at every change until Balmain took the lead midway through the last quarter and held on despite Power throwing everything they had at a depleted and injured Tigers outfit. Chris Bolt inspired the boys by putting himself in the ruck and working with midfielders Wayd Blackburne and Aaron Cottrell to setup two quick goals in the last quarter while club stalwart Dan Brian steadied the back line with composure under pressure, thwarting Powers forward entries. Nick Whitehead was impressive on the wing finding space and using his pace well. One question from last week was also answered, James West found enough ball to return to First Grade.
Southern Power 8.7-57
Balmain Tigers 8.8-58
Reserve Grade played Sydney Uni at Mahoney oval and answered the second question from last week, unfortunately they were still unable to find the goals. The endeavour and commitment from the Reserves squad can’t be questioned but they were outplayed by the students. Matt Sutton was best on for Balmain and is starting to find real form after a long break from the game. Max Friend was in and under every contest and young Tommy Doyle of Drummoyne Power relished the opportunity to play senior footy and impressed his new team mates and the Coach with his attack at the ball and skills. Tommy has a bright future once he graduates to the senior ranks of Balmain and is a future star of the game.
Sydney Uni 19.12-126
Balmain Tigers 2.4-16