Finals Train On Squad

Luke Jarjoura Alex O'dea James Webster Jesse Dransfield Colin Brown Billy Lambert Chris Bolt Daniel Brian Billy Taha Damon Woodend Eden Woodend Joel Gray Harry Jenkins Hugh Priest Jaydan Donato Luke Elasi Brendan Cann Wayd Blackburne Jason Fretwell Roman Chowanetz Brett Wall Aaron Cottrell Luke Duignan Troy Luff Alistaire Duell-Ferguson Jevin Kones James Julian West Andrew Barr Bryson Graham Long Scott Robertson Tom Falkner

Make sure you're at training on Tuesdays and Thursdays ready to go at 6:30pm, let Luke know if you'll be late or cant make it.

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Tigers win a thriller!

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

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Tigers Tame Goannas

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.

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Tigers defeat Students

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.

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Tigers in top form

Results for the weekend: Seniors undefeated and one win clear on top of the ladder Reserves win 3 in a row

First Grade

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Balmain Tigers 4.3-27 11.5-71 14.6-90 15.7-97
East Coast Eagles 1.2-8 1.3-9 3.3-21 6.11-47
Goal Kickers: A. Cottrell 6, D. Woodend 2, B. Lambert 2, K. Jones, B. Taha, H. Priest, R. Gillespie, R. Chowanetz
Best Players: H. Priest , K. Jones, A. Cottrell, D. Woodend, H. Jenkins, B. Lambert

Reserve Grade

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Balmain Tigers 2.2-14 5.4-34 8.6-54 11.8-74
East Coast Eagles 0.2-2 1.5-11 3.5-23 7.10-52
Goal Kickers: E. McCann 5, L. Wilby 3, N. Whitehead 2, A. Riccord
Best Players: A. McDonald, M. Simpson, E. McCann, L. Wilby, N. Halliday, M. Friend

U19 Colts

Lost by Forfeit

5th Division

Lost by Forfeit

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