I’ll have eight thanks

The Tigers finally showed the killer touch in front of goal in dealing out a 4-0 spanking away to the East Coast Magic at the weekend. In truth it could have been much more as the first half linesman’s arm went up and down quicker than a poker machine handle every time Balmain got near the penalty box, resulting in three disallowed goals (one comedian in the crowd suggested he must have had his house on a scoreless draw after seeing the Tigers form this season). Balmain finally broke the deadlock from outside the box just before half time. The second half was a great example of counter-attacking football, with Balmain banging in three more and also having another disallowed.
The reserve team cemented their top four position with a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the lead up game. Max Civili showed he can still please the crowd with his now famous (round Balmain way) lobbed goal, which was the first of a Civili double. The win was soured with the late sending off of Marcus McMillan for playing a game of laughing clowns involving the match ball and a Magic player’s head (after seeing the clown commit one of the worst type of two-footed-above-the-knee-stuff-the-ball-i-want-to-break-your-leg tackles from behind on teammate Andre though).
All eyes will be on Birchgrove this weekend for the visit of the Southern Star Sharks. Come down and see if Balmain’s season has really turned the corner, and don’t forget to be there early to support the reserve team’s charge to the top of the league.