Congratulations to Balmain Reserves, who have now mathematically won the league, even though it was realistically won at least a month ago. Travelling to play Roosters, who had troubled them a little in the earlier two rounds, the Tigers produced some of their best football of the season, coming from behind to demolish the hapless Roosters by 10 goals to one.
Things didn’t look so bright early on though, with a Rooster smashing a free kick “torpedo-like” into the top corner after only five minutes of play. But as we have seen so often this season, the Tiger cubs merely kicked off, ran up the other end, and scored an equaliser almost immediately through Ilias Hatzidavid. Jamie Djambazov popped up to score with a beautiful angled drive across the keeper, and Uri Kaye added to the score with a penalty kick to make it 3-1 before half time. The second half became a bit of a procession and the Tigers banged in goal after goal – Kaye bagged a second half hat trick to end with four and Bracewell and Sowden each grabbed a double.
14 games down, 42 points up, and the question now becomes can this team end the season with a perfect record on 54 points? Hawkesbury travel to Birchgrove this weekend, and with second spot and a playoff place up for grabs, we can be sure that they will not make it the easy for the Tigers.