Volunteers Wanted!

If you’d like to support our community football club, we’d love for you to get involved. We are a very social club with a great atmosphere and fantastic people.

We are looking for enthusiastic persons to be:

Time Keeper
Match Manager
Team Manager
Canteen/BBQ Specialist
Club Umpire*

*If you’re interested in umpiring, we will send you on a course to become an accredited umpy, as long as you give us plenty of 50’s and other free kicks each week and maybe a couple to the other team so it looks fair 😉

A club is nothing without volunteers and we love our volunteers and recognise the time and effort they put in.

If you’re interested in a specific role send me a message or email to balmainafc@gmail.com and I’ll send you a job description.

Vale Bill Carey


NSW Football History Society Vice President, passed away today following a short illness.

Bill had a lung removed last year due to cancer but popped up as strong as ever following the operation.  Then more recently two tumours were found near his brain.  He survived one operation last week but respiratory complications developed with the single lung and he lost the fight against pneumonia.

Carey had an almost life-long association with Sydney football, after learning the game at The Scots School, Albury.  He was still attending senior games in Sydney up until late 2013.  There are very, very few of his ilk in the Sydney competition.

In 1959 his father was moved to Sydney in the bank and it was then that Bill took up with the Balmain Club where he forged an almost permanent spot on the wing for a decade or so.  This was apart from one season when he was transferred as a young teacher to a remote school, north of Broken Hill.  That year he played in Broken Hill.

Carey was a well known figure in the Sydney competition during the sixties with his wisp of honey blonde hair and glasses.  He was one of the first players ever, to play the game wearing glasses.

He played well over 150 games with Balmain and regularly figured prominently in the voting for the league B & F medal.  He also spent one year on the league’s management committee and was made a life member at Balmain, along with a number of others, in 1995.

Later Bill turned out with the Pennant Hills club when they were first formed and then moved his attention to the Pennant Hills junior club where, over the years, he held numerous positions, in latter years, mostly that of ground manager.

As a school teacher Bill also coached local and regional PSSA teams in preparation for the NSW trials.

He touched the lives of many people in Sydney football and was what could be regarded as somewhat of a colourful character, with a dogmatic disposition but one that stood for honesty and getting the job done.   At the History Society he was often quoted as ‘the umpires’ friend’, but somehow this was something that not many umpires would have agreed with.

Nevertheless Bill was a tireless worker and supporter of the code and as the people in the Society got closer and to know him and his wife Robyn, found him to be a true gentleman and a good bloke.

He will be very sadly missed.

Balmain AFC in 2014

For 2014 the club will have JJ Farrell leading the charge as Club Captain. JJ, a Drummoyne Power Junior that holds the record for most games played at that club, is a loyal Balmain stalwart, a member of the clubs only U18 team to win a Premiership and one of the toughest players going around, able to call any position on the field his own.

JJ will be ably assisted by young Brad Plug as Vice Captain. Plugger is a junior from Glebe and is a goal kicking prodigy with his pace, ability to take a mark and superb kicking skill. He has made regular appearances in the Swans Reserves side, making the best several times and will take this crucial leadership role in his stride.

Congratulations to both JJ and Brad on their appointments

Presentation Night Award Winners

Presentation Night for 2013 was a great success with all 3 teams well represented at Marrickville Tennis Club. There was a lot of salad and the fashion kit was good from some (Animal Craig), not so good from others (Sammy ‘Grippo’ Wallwork).

The evening started well with the U18 awards with young Billy ‘Shippers’ Shipway and little Bondi Jesse Cass claiming U18 B&F Runner Up and Milton Morrison Trophies respectively.

All of the 2s players turned up to see Milky accept the B&F Runner Up Trophy and in a terrific first season, Damien Barbara collected the Bill Murphy Trophy.

The highlight of the evening was the First Grade awards and it was no surprise to see the big men taking top honours. Krisso Ericson was the Firsts runner up in a season where he was also in the Sydney AFL Team of the year and a member of the Sydney AFL Rep team.

Selby Lee-Steere polled well in the Phelan Medal, played in the Sydney AFL Rep team, a member of the Sydney AFL Team of the year, led the vote count from start to finish in a dominant season to win the coveted L.C. Lock Trophy as First grade Best and Fairest.

Congratulations to all award winners!

Don’t forget to sign up for Season 2014 and register your details:

First Grade

1. L.C. Lock Trophy Best & Fairest Winner – Selby Lee-Steere

2. Runner Up – Kristian Ericson

3. Most Consistent – Sean Bowen

4. Players Player – Joshua Cass

5. Leading Goal kicker – Brad Plug 27 Goals

6. Best First Year Player – Harry Jenkins

Reserve Grade

1. Bill Murphy Trophy Best & Fairest Winner – Damien Barbara

2. Runner Up – Alistaire Duell-Ferguson

3. Most Consistent – Bryce Thomson

4. Most Improved – Chris Barbara

5. Leading Goal Kicker – Andrew Kyprianou 38 Goals

6. Best Team Man – Luke Wilby

Under 18’s

1. Milton Morrison Trophy Best & Fairest Winner Jesse Cass

2. Runner Up Bill Shipway

3. Most Consistent Nick Garrick

4. Most Improved Alex Robertson

5. Leading Goal Kicker Matt Byers 14 Goals

6. Best Team Man Matt Byers