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NSWRL - Finals Week 3

GALLANT TIGERS GO DOWN IN PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL

Results By Michelle Boon

Sunday 23rd September Results

Premier League - Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers 16 V North Sydney Bears 22

The Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers have been eliminated from the 2007 finals, losing 22-16 to the North Sydney Bears at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday.

The Tigers got on the board after only 3 minutes of play when second rower Jarrod Saffy crashed over out wide from close range, taking advantage of a Norths’ error 10m out from their own line.  Centre Ben Jeffery converted to lead 6-0.

Norths quickly replied, crossing for a converted try in the right hand corner after the Tigers turned over possession 40m out and the Bears used an overlap well to level the scores at 6-all.

Norths then took the lead, going over in the right hand corner after retrieving a cross-field kick and using a tiny corridor to cross.  They didn’t convert to go ahead 10-6.

With 1 minute remaining centre Matt Parata scored in the right hand corner after winger Lee Bennett swooped on a loose ball and made 45m, then on the back of that run they advanced into the 10m zone where they created an overlap and spread it right for Parata to finish.  Jeffery couldn’t convert and at half time the scores were tied at 10-all.

The Tigers took the lead 12 minutes into the second half when Jeffery kicked a penalty goal from in front 35m out to lead 12-10.

Soon after Saffy posted his double out wide after they got a goal-line dropout and in that set some strong charges set them up to hit a short defence on the left hand side and Saffy again proved too strong from only 5m out.  Jeffery missed the conversion and they were now ahead 16-10.

With 15 minutes to go Norths scored next to the left hand post after making good ground up the middle of the field then running straight into a gap, having forced the Tigers to come away empty-handed after soaking up 4 sets of tackles from the Tigers in their 10m zone.  The conversion again levelled the match at 16-all.

With 6 minutes to go Norths scored under the posts after they aborted a field goal attempt then spread it right where they found the defence hadn’t come up and were able to keep the ball alive through support on the inside to plunge over.  They converted to regain the lead 22-16.

This margin was enough to keep the Tigers at bay for the final few minutes and at full time it was the North Sydney Bears progressing through to the 2007 grand final with a 22-16 victory.

The Tigers gave it their best shot against a team with a lot of first grade experience, but unfortunately had the match in their grasp for the keeping when they were camped in the Norths’ quarter with 18 minutes to go but failed to post any points.  That quickly became the turning point when Norths leveled the game for the third time in the match only a few minutes later and built their momentum from there.  The players can look back on 2007 with a lot of pride and begin preparations for 2008 later this year.  Best performances were turned in by Luke Harlen, Jarrod Saffy, Ryan O’Hara, Rocky Trimarchi and Lee Bennett.



By Wayne Cousins

North Sydney Bears beat Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 22-16 at Campbelltown Stadium today to move into the NSWRL Premier League grand final against Parramatta Eels.

The Bears, South Sydney’s Premier League team, scored late in the game to seal victory against a very gallant and gutsy Tigers outfit.

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers opened the scoring in the second minute through a try to second-rower Jarrod Saffy for a 4-0 lead. Saffy missed the Tigers’ first semi-final win through injury.

Centre Ben Jeffery converted the try for a 6-0 lead after three minutes.

The Bears, South Sydney’s Premier League team, hit back two minutes later with a try to winger Troy Boston after the ball was spread right through full-back David Peachey.

Half-back Joe Williams converted from the sideline for a 6-6 scoreline after eight minutes.

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers hooker Stuart Flanagan has been heavily involved and is looking very dangerous in attack.

The Bears went to a 10-6 lead 17 minutes from half-time when Boston scored his second try in the corner from a Williams crossfield kick. Williams missed the conversion attempt.

Bears hooker Daniel Irvine is making some easy yards up the middle of the ruck from dummy half runs.

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers lifted in defence to withstand some heavy pressure from the Bears after back to back sets.

Referee Jared Maxwell ruled a forward pass against the Bears that would have led to a try after a Williams grubber kick bounced off a Balmain Ryde Eastwood player six minutes before half-time.

Young Tigers full-back Rhys Hanbury is having a fine game, having defused several raids from the Bears.

Tigers captain Lee Bennett took a timely intercept pass 10 metres out from his line two minutes before half-time before racing 50 metres to be tackled.

The Tigers received six again in that set which led to centre Matt Parata scoring in the corner 30 seconds before half-time after good work by prop Luke Harlen.

Jeffery missed the conversion for a 10-10 scoreline at half-time in front of an appreciative crowd.

2nd Half

Bennett appeared to receive an injury to his nose seven minutes in the second half but the Tigers captain stayed on the field.

Both sides have lifted their intensity.

Replacement hooker Lewis Brown is having a strong game for the Tigers, making some good yards up the middle with his strength. His short kicking game has also proved beneficial.

The Tigers kicked a penalty goal through Jeffery for a 12-10 lead after 53 minutes after the Bears were penalised for holding Brown down too long in a tackle.

A smart kick by Lazarus on the last tackle from 30 metres out saw Peachey trapped in goal to give the Tigers a repeat set of six with 24 minutes remaining.

From that, the Tigers capitalised when the ball was spread left for Saffy to score his second try out wide. Jeffery missed the conversion attempt for a 16-10 lead with 22 minutes remaining.

A grubber kick in goal on the last by Flanagan after a strong run by Brown saw the Tigers get a repeat set with 19 minutes remaining.

An offside penalty to the Bears saw them keep the pressure on. Two plays later, forward Michael Greenfield charged over to score next to the posts.

Williams converted for a 16-16 scoreline with 13 minutes remaining.

A break on the last tackle by replacement Eddie Paea saw him run 30 metres to beat several defenders before offloading a desperate one handed for Jardine Bobongie to score under the posts.

Williams converted for a 22-16 lead with five minutes remaining.

In the final 30 seconds, Lazarus put up a high bomb but the experienced Peachey flew high to defuse it to give Norths victory.

As the teams shook hands, the Norths fans jumped the fence and waved their red, white and black flags on the field.

North Sydney will now play Parramatta in the Premier League grand final.

 

NSWRL - Finals Week 1

Report by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers have given themselves an excellent chance to make it into the grand final with a steady 15-14 victory over the Canberra Raiders at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

The first half was an arm wrestle in drizzly slippery conditions and it took 30 minutes before first points were posted by the Raiders crossing under the posts after regathering a chargedown clearing kick and finding support to keep the ball alive to eventually barge over in traffic.  The conversion put them in front 6-0.

The Tigers hit back straight away when halfback Blake Lazarus scored under the posts after second rower Rocky Trimarchi fed him a superb short ball on halfway and he hit a gap then evaded the slipping fullback to go over untouched.  Centre Ben Jeffery converted to level the scores at 6-all at half time.

14 minutes into the second half Lazarus crossed for his double out wide after the Tigers regained possession 20m out and in that set they edged closer to the line until Lazarus spotted a gap then used his lightning step to get through the gap and slide over untouched.  Jeffery’s conversion put them in the lead 12-6.

With 17 minutes to go Jeffery potted a penalty goal from in front to extend the lead to 14-6.

The Raiders replied soon after with a converted try crossing out wide after regathering a grubber kick in their own half and rushing through a disorganised defensive line to score untouched.

Right on full time the Raiders kicked a penalty goal from in front to tie the game at 14-all at full time.

As there has to be a result in semi final football, the match reverted to “golden point” rules which provided a unique and exciting dimension to the match for all, as regular competition matches in Premier League don’t trigger “golden point” plays if they are drawn at full time.

With 5 minutes each way then continuous play until one team scored, the pressure was on both teams to play error-free while gaining crucial field position for any point-scoring opportunities and with just over 3 minutes gone, the Tigers found themselves with the ball 30m out from the Raiders’ line.  A quick pass from dummy half was fired to five eighth Tim Moltzen set deep and his first attempt at field goal sailed towards the right hand upright where it looked wide, then angled in to hit the inside edge of the upright and ricocheted through to give the Tigers a one-point win in their first ever “golden point” match!

The scenes of jubilation as the final siren sounded were awesome as the players surrounded Moltzen, swamping him to congratulate him then each other as they realised that they were still a force to be reckoned with in this year’s competition.

This was a marvellous win for the team under the circumstances and with an upset in the match below them, they have earnt next week off and progress straight through to the qualifying final in 2 weeks’ time.  Best performances came from Blake Lazarus, Rocky Trimarchi, Luke Harlen, Tevita Metuisela and Stuart Flanagan.  Stay tuned to the Wests Tigers and Balmain Tigers websites for confirmation of the next match day details for Premier League.  Congratulations to the players and we wish the team all the best of luck as they continue their semi finals campaign!  Get out and support them if you can.

NSWRL - Round 25

Report by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers finished the regular season with a worthy 30-25 victory over the Parramatta Eels at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

The Tigers opened the scoring when winger Lee Bennett crossed in the right hand corner after 9 minutes of play after halfback Blake Lazarus put in a neat grubber kick from 20m out and Bennett won the race to regather the ball then force his way over.  Centre Ben Jeffery converted to lead 6-0.

Soon after the Eels crashed over out wide from close range but didn’t convert to trail 6-4.

With 5 minutes to go the Eels scored out wide after they made a break through the left hand centres then crashed through 2 cover tackles to score.  They didn’t convert and at half time they were ahead 8-6.

Early in the second half replacement Sam Moa scored out wide after he charged onto a short pass from close range and proved too hard to stop.  Jeffery converted to put the Tigers back in front 12-8.

Parramatta replied quickly, crossing out wide after keeping the ball alive from 10m out then finding a clear passage to the line down the right hand touchline.  The conversion gave them the lead 14-12.

Parramatta scored again soon after out wide following a break from 30m out but didn’t convert to take the score to 18-12.

With 20 minutes to go five eighth Tim Moltzen scored next to the left hand post after he spotted a gap off the back of a quick play-the-ball and his decisive footwork got him over in traffic.  Jeffery converted to tie the game at 18-all.

Parramatta regained the lead 24-18 with a converted try following a Tigers’ error from the restart which gave them good field position to crash over out wide.

With 13 minutes to go replacement Lewis Brown crossed next to the left hand post after he made a great 20m run then finished it off in traffic.  Jeffery’s conversion levelled the scores again at 24-all.

The Eels took the initiative and potted a mid-range field goal with 7 minutes to play that put them ahead 25-24.

With 4 minutes remaining Lazarus scored near the right hand post after they got a scrum feed 10m out and standing 2 off the scrum he spotted some staggered defence and his acceleration off the mark put him through the gap, leaving them clutching at thin air before sliding over untouched.  Jeffery piloted the attempt through the sticks to give the Tigers a well-deserved victory at full time 30-25.

This win secured a top 4 spot for the team and following the completion of round 25 they finished in 3rd position, earning themselves a home semi final for next week against the Canberra Raiders at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday 8th September commencing at 3pm.  While this information is currently correct, please check the Tigers or Wests Tigers websites later in the week to confirm the time and place for this clash.  Congratulations to the players and we wish the team all the best of luck in their semi finals campaign!

NSWRL - Round 24

Report by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers came back to earth after a resounding 40-22 defeat by the North Sydney Bears at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

As in the earlier match, Norths were first on the scoreboard after 5 minutes of play, going over in the left hand corner using an overlap but didn’t convert to lead 4-0.

Soon after winger Samu Wara scored out wide after quick hands through halfback Blake Lazarus then fullback Dave Marando gave Wara plenty of space to scoot down the left hand touchline and veer inside a defender to plunge over.  Centre Ben Jeffery converted to lead 6-4.

Norths then piled on 2 quick converted tries to regain the lead 16-6.

With 13 minutes to go hooker Stuart Flanagan scored out wide after he broke through the centres 30m out and outsprinted the cover to touch down in traffic.  Jeffery converted to bring the score to 16-12.

The Tigers then crossed again when centre Rhys Hanbury took an intercept 20m out from their own line and beat 3 cover defenders to go over untouched out wide.  Jeffery couldn’t convert but the scores were now level at 16-all.

Right on half time Norths crossed out wide after they worked hard to create an overlap and score.  The conversion gave them a 22-16 lead at half time.

The Bears came out fired up after half time and in a determined effort put on 2 quick converted tries in the first 15 minutes to blow the game wide open at 34-16.

With 20 minutes to go winger Lee Bennett scored out wide touching down on a rubber from replacement Jai Ayoub.  Jeffery converted to take the score to 34-22.

Soon after the Bears scored out wide busting through the defensive line from close range and proving too strong and the conversion wrapped the game up early for them at 40-22, which was the full time scoreline.

The team was a bit flat after half time due to the unusually warm conditions and the relentless display put on by the Bears, who were executing their sets confidently and making the Tigers pay for any errors or lapses in concentration.  The Man of the Match was Dave Marando who was very solid at the back and provided some extra attacking spark and variety around the ruck, and he was well supported by Stuart Flanagan, Ryan O’Hara and Sam Moa.

NSWRL - Round 23

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 36           V         Cronulla Sharks 6

Report by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers consolidated their top 4 position with a commanding 36-6 victory over the Cronulla Sharks at Toyota Park on Saturday.

The Tigers opened the scoring through halfback Jai Ayoub when he crossed in the right hand corner after slicing through the defence 20m out and was never headed.  Centre Ben Jeffery converted from the sideline to lead 6-0.

The Sharks hit back straight away, crossing under the posts after spotting a gap behind the markers and darting through.  The conversion levelled the scores at 6-all.

With 14 minutes to go hooker Stuart Flanagan scored under the posts after replacement Sam Moa put in a scorching 20m run and drew the fullback before offloading to Flanagan in support.  Jeffery converted to take a 12-6 lead into half time.

Early in the second half five eighth Tim Moltzen scored near the left hand post after they got possession in good field position and some strong runs allowed Moltzen to spot a gap then use his step to split the defenders and barge over.  Jeffery converted to go further ahead 18-6.

Soon after Ayoub scored out wide after a simple Sharks’ error in their in-goal turned over possession and Ayoub was on hand to touch down for an easy try.  Jeffery slotted the extras to extend the lead to 24-6.

With 10 minutes to go winger Jason Moodie scored in the left hand corner after a great backline move created some space for Jeffery against his man and he drew in the winger before offloading to Moodie who strolled over untouched.  Jeffery didn’t convert and the score was 28-6.

Winger Lee Bennett scored in the right hand corner immediately after when a superb 60m barnstorming run from lock Tevita Metuisela got them 10m out from the Sharks’ line and on the next ruck they spread it right through quick hands for Bennett to finish off.  Jeffery couldn’t convert and the Tigers were now ahead 32-6.

With 1 minute remaining Jeffery scored out wide after Flanagan spotted some space in behind the defence and put in a neat grubber for Jeffery to win the race to the ball and touch down in the in-goal.  Front rower Ryan O’Hara couldn’t convert and at full time the Tigers were convincing victors 36-6.

This was a dominant display by the team who showed what type of football they are capable of when they control possession and scramble in defence.  It was encouraging to see the confidence shown in attack and the level of support play during second phase possession.  Best performances were turned in by Jai Ayoub, who didn’t look like he’d spent any time off the field at all; Dave Marando who was very solid at the back in greasy, mixed conditions; Tevita Metuisela who was strong across the park all game; and Ben Jeffery who put in another solid all round display.

NSWRL – Round 22

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 36           V         Canberra Raiders 22

Report by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers maintained their top 4 position with a comfortable 36-22 victory over the Canberra Raiders at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

The Tigers were on the board early when fullback Rhys Hanbury scored out wide touching down off a great grubber kick from hooker Stuart Flanagan.  Centre Ben Jeffery converted to lead 6-0.

Soon after the Raiders scored under the posts after they made a break through the left hand centres then kicked infield where they regathered and crossed untouched.  The conversion tied the game at 10-all.

The Tigers regained the lead when second rower Rocky Trimarchi crossed out wide pouncing on another well-weighted grubber kick and Jeffery’s conversion took the score to 12-6.

With 11 minutes to go the Raiders scored out wide after they spotted a huge gap then ran a great line to exploit it.  They converted and the scores were level at 12-all.

Soon after replacement Sam Moa scored out wide steaming onto a ball turned over 5m out from the Raiders’ line.  Jeffery didn’t convert and the Tigers were ahead 16-12.

Right on half time replacement Lewis Brown scored near the left hand post after throwing a dummy out of dummy half and poor marker defence allowed him to crash over.  Jeffery didn’t convert and at half time the Tigers were leading 20-12.

Early in the second half the Tigers resumed scoring when five eighth Tim Moltzen crossed out wide after they got into the 10m zone and Moltzen spotted a gap then sliced through from close range, slipping out of a tackle.  Jeffery converted and they went further ahead 26-12.

Moltzen then crossed for his double out wide using great footwork to step his way through from close range and reach out to score.  Jeffery’s conversion extended the lead to 32-12.

Canberra replied soon after near the left hand post after a Tigers’ error allowed them to barge over from dummy half in the next set and the conversion took the score to 32-18.

Moltzen came up with his treble in the left hand corner soon after when they used an overlap down the left hand touchline started by winger Jason Moodie in his own half, who then found Moltzen in support on halfway and sent him away to score.  Jeffery couldn’t convert and the score was now 36-18.

The Raiders scored a consolation try out wide barging through thin defence from close range with 6 minutes remaining but they didn’t convert and at full time the Tigers had won 36-22.

This was an important match for the team to maintain their current top 4 placing and set themselves up for a well-timed run into the semi finals.  Best performances were turned in by Tim Moltzen, Jarrod Saffy and Stuart Flanagan.

NSWRL – Round 21

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers    V         BYE

NSWRL – Round 20

Premier League        Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers 32            V         Newtown Jets 30

Report by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers recorded a solid 32-30 win over the Newtown Jets in the return leg of the Ryan Pringle Shield at Leichhardt Oval on Monday night.

The Jets were first to score after 7 minutes, touching down on a grubber kick that rebounded off the right hand post and the conversion gave them a 6-0 lead.

Soon after halfback Blake Lazarus crossed under the posts after he held up a pass 25m out from the Jets’ line, broke through then stepped twice leaving defenders in his wake to go over untouched.  Centre Ben Jeffery converted to level the scores at 6-all.

The Jets quickly replied after they spotted the far winger unmarked and chipped over the top for him to catch uncontested and cross near the right hand post.  The conversion put them back in front 12-6.

With 17 minutes to go front rower Luke Harlen crashed over out wide off a neat short run and Jeffery’s conversion tied the game again at 12-all going into half time.

The Jets were in soon after resumption in the second half, scoring under the posts after regathering a kick that took a horrid bounce and finding no defence in front.  They converted to lead 18-12.

Second rower Jarrod Saffy then crossed near the left hand post following a terrific break from five eighth Tim Moltzen on halfway who threw a dummy to break the line, then drew the fullback & offloaded to Saffy in support to go the remaining 30m.  Jeffery converted to once again tie the game at 18-all.

Soon after Saffy crossed for his double out wide breaking through the left hand centres 25m out and beating the cover defence.  Jeffery couldn’t convert and the Tigers were now leading 22-18.

5 minutes later Moltzen scored under the posts after replacement Lewis Brown made a break up the middle of the ruck on halfway, ran 20m to draw the fullback and offloaded to Moltzen trailing through.  Jeffery’s conversion took them further ahead 28-18.

With 18 minutes to go Lazarus scored his double out wide after he made a neat break off a superb offload from Harlen, then a kick through was regathered by Moltzen and on the next ruck Lazarus ran to the line and patiently waited for a gap to appear before slicing through.  Jeffery didn’t convert but they extended their lead to 32-18.

The Jets embarked on a spirited comeback in the final 15 minutes, crossing for 2 converted tries to give themselves a real chance of victory at 32-30, however the Tigers were able to hold them out to record a 32-30 victory at full time.

The team played well for the majority of the match barring the 10 minutes towards the end of the game where they let the Jets back in, but every 2 competition points counts at this stage of the season.  The Man of the Match was livewire Blake Lazarus, who has come on in leaps and bounds since gaining promotion from Jersey Flegg and is providing great support around the field.  He was well supported by Jarrod Saffy, Stuart Flanagan, Lewis Brown and Tim Moltzen.

NSWRL – Round 19

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood 30           V         Bulldogs 20

Report by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers put on a dominant display to beat the Parramatta Eels 30-20 at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

Tigers’ five eighth Tim Moltzen was first across the line, scoring out wide after 13 minutes following a huge break from centre Ben Jeffery through the left hand centres who ran 20m then found Moltzen on the inside launching into a diagonal 45m sprint evading and fending off defenders to eventually plunge over.  Jeffery converted to lead 6-0.

Soon after fullback Rhys Hanbury scored under the posts touching down on a loose grubber kick spilled by the Bulldogs and Jeffery’s conversion took the score to 12-0.

The Bulldogs hit back crossing in the right hand corner after they put up a crossfield kick which they took uncontested to plunge over.  The sideline conversion took the score to 12-6.

With 2 minutes to go Jeffery scored out wide picking up a perfect grubber kick from Moltzen and crossing untouched after being denied from a similar position very early in the half.  His conversion took the Tigers to an 18-6 lead at half time.

Early in the second half hooker Lewis Brown scored out wide after replacement Sam Moa made a 25m break and on the next ruck with the defence backpedalling Brown threw a dummy, sliced through the gap and cruised 20m to go over untouched.  Jeffery converted to extend the lead to 24-6.

The Bulldogs hit back in the right hand corner after using an overlap once in the 10m zone but didn’t convert to take the score to 24-10.

With 17 minutes to go the Bulldogs crossed under the posts after using another overlap to get over the line then improve the position.  They converted to edge closer at 24-16.

With 6 minutes remaining Brown scored next to the left hand post after he charged down a clearing kick 30m out from the Bulldogs’ line following a sensational bone-jarring hit from captain Lee Bennett, won the race to the ball in open space, regathered and was never headed.  Jeffery converted to give them breathing space at 30-16.

Close to full time the Bulldogs scored in the left hand corner after they used an overlap to perfection but failed to convert and at full time the Tigers came away deserved winners 30-20.

Once again this was a terrific team effort where all players worked as a unit in both attack and defence and never allowed the Bulldogs a chance to get into the game, which speaks volumes when it happens against the competition leaders.  Best performances were turned in by Jarrod Saffy, Lewis Brown, Ben Jeffery and Tim Moltzen.

NSWRL – Round 18

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood 24           V         Parramatta Eels 16

Report by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers played a well controlled match to beat the Parramatta Eels 24-12 at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday.

Tigers’ centre Ben Jeffery opened the scoring with a superb individual effort, picking up an intercept 10m out from his own line & evading the cover defence to cross out wide.  He converted his own try to lead 6-0.

Soon after hooker Lewis Brown scored near the sideline barging over from dummy half 5m out and Jeffery’s conversion put them further ahead 12-0.

Parramatta then replied with a smart move out wide, spotting a gap on the fringe of the ruck & crashing over.  They converted to take the score to 12-6.

Soon after centre Rhys Hanbury swooped on a clever grubber kick from halfback Blake Lazarus to touch down out wide and Jeffery converted again for the Tigers to take an 18-6 lead into half time.

Parramatta were first on the board in the second half after a Tigers’ error gave them possession 10m out from the Tigers’ line and they ran from the scrum base straight into a gap near the right hand post and were too hard to stop from close range.  The conversion edged them closer at 18-12.

The Hanbury converged on another excellent grubber kick, this time from five eighth Tim Moltzen, and scored near the right hand post to give Jeffery another simple conversion and extend the Tigers’ lead to 24-12

Right near full time the Eels scored in the left hand corner using an overlap to perfection but they didn’t convert and at full time the Tigers came away with the points 24-16.

This was a match where it was difficult to find a bad player.  Everyone put in a determined effort to keep the big Parramatta pack as quiet as possible and it paid off for them in field position and opportunities for the backs.  The only downside was a knee injury to Shannon McDonnell which forced him from the field early in the second half, the seriousness of which wasn’t known at full time.  Best performances were turned in by Tevita Metuisela, Danny Galea, Lewis Brown and David Marando at the back, who showed his usual confidence and experience taking over from McDonnell.

NSWRL – Round 17

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood 26           V         Auckland Lions 28

Report by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers lost a heartbreaking Carlaw Cup encounter 28-26 to the Auckland Lions in chilly conditions at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night.

The Lions started very aggressively, with their first try coming after 7 minutes of play in the left hand corner after making a break through the left hand centres and crossing untouched.  The conversion made the score 6-0.

Soon after fullback Shannon McDonnell scored near the right hand post after centre Ben Jeffery made a neat break through the left hand centres and McDonnell backed up on a diagonal run to the line.  Jeffery converted to level the match at 6-all.

A few minutes later the Lions scored off the exact same play from their first try and the conversion from the sideline took the score to 12-6.

3 minutes later the Lions scored in the right hand corner using an overlap to advantage and another perfect conversion extended the lead to 18-6.

With 10 minutes to go Auckland scored in the left hand corner after they managed to get a strong offload away then plunged over in the corner.  Another conversion and they went further ahead to 24-6 at half time.

The Tigers needed to be the first point scorers if they wanted any chance of victory in the game and McDonnell provided just that after 4 minutes of play, crossing next to the left hand post slicing through a gap close to the line.  Jeffery’s conversion took the score to 24-12.

Soon after McDonnell showed a touch of absolute brilliance in scoring under the posts after he ran across the entire right hand side of the field past a number of defenders using his sleek footwork to leave tacklers in his wake before finding his way over the line and improving the position.  It was quite reminiscent of the Chris Lawrence try against Melbourne at Gosford and Jeffery converted to get the Tigers within striking distance at 24-18.

Winger Samu Wara then showed off his pace and alertness in the 11th minute by swooping on a loose pass 25m out from his own line and outpacing the cover to cross near the left hand post for Jeffery to put over another easy conversion and level the game once again at 24-all.

Things seesawed until the Tigers received a penalty 15m out in front with 8 minutes remaining and Jeffery piloted the ball across to put the Tigers in front for the first time all evening at 26-24.

2 minutes later the Lions scored a simple try out wide but they couldn’t convert to regain the lead 28-26.

Unfortunately the Tigers couldn’t score any more points and at full time the Lions secured a hard-fought victory 28-26.

This match played out very much like the earlier Flegg game in that the Tigers had very little ball in the first half through penalties and errors, then showing what they were capable of once they received some ball and field position.  The two teams have developed a good relationship since the Lions entered the VB Premier League competition this season and both clubs look forward to contesting the Carlaw Cup for many years to come.  Best performances were turned in by Jarrod Saffy, Ben Jeffery, Sam Moa coming off the bench and Shannon McDonnell, who appears to be getting his confidence back after turning in another competent display in both attack and defence.

NSWRL – Round 16

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood 40           V         St George-Illawarra 16

Report by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers scored a comprehensive win over the St George-Illawarra Dragons 40-16 in bitterly cold conditions at OKI Jubilee Oval on Sunday.

Winger Jason Moodie got the Tigers on the board after 6 minutes when he crossed in the left hand corner through quick hands using an overlap to give Moodie clear passage to the tryline.  Centre Ben Jeffery didn’t convert and they led 4-0.

Soon after the Dragons scored near the left hand post after making a break through the left hand centres then followed that up with a similar effort, this time stepping back infield to charge ahead 12-4.

With 17 minutes to go centre Rhys Hanbury swooped on a loose ball 40m out from Saints’ line and was never headed to go over untouched under the posts.  Jeffery’s conversion took the score to 12-10.

Shortly after hooker Lewis Brown barged over from dummy half from close range and Jeffery converted to take the Tigers into half time leading 16-12.

Hanbury was over again 9 minutes into the second half, crossing near the right hand post after second rower Rocky Trimarchi made a good break then offloaded out the back to Hanbury who showed a clean pair of heels over 15m to score untouched.  Jeffery added the extras to extend the lead to 22-12.

Soon after the Dragons crossed in the right hand corner after they created a huge overlap out wide then used it to perfection.  They couldn’t convert and the score was 22-16.

With 13 minutes to go fullback Shannon McDonnell scored under the posts touching down on a beautiful grubber kick from five eighth Tim Moltzen.  Another easy kick for Jeffery and the score was 28-16.

A few minutes later Hanbury scored his treble under the posts backing up another good break from Trimarchi on a diagonal run.  Jeffery slotted the conversion and the Tigers were firmly in control at 34-16.

With 6 minutes to go McDonnell crossed next to the left hand post after showing terrific strength to drag 2 defenders over the line and plant the ball down to score.  Jeffery’s pinpoint conversion extended the lead to 40-16 and as the Tigers wound the clock down they ran out decisive winners at full time 40-16.

This was almost the best display the Tigers have produced all season against a team that has had the wood on them for the past few seasons in all match conditions.  While they started off slowly, they got better as the match wore on & capitalised on all the opportunities presented to them by the Dragons, who made far more errors than usual to the Tigers’ good fortune.  This win keeps the team in the top 8 and semi final contention.  Best performances were turned in by Rhys Hanbury, Lewis Brown, Sam Moa, Shannon McDonnell and Rocky Trimarchi.

NSWRL – Round 15

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood 16           V         Manly Sea Eagles 20

Report by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers were narrowly defeated 20-16 by the Manly Sea Eagles in wintry conditions at Brookvale Oval on Friday night.

Manly were first to score courtesy of a try out wide, crashing over after gaining ground through a penalty but couldn’t convert to lead 4-0.

Manly then kicked a penalty goal to extend their lead to 6-0.

Manly continued to make the most of their opportunities, crossing next to the left hand post for another converted barge-over try, then shortly after swooping on a loose ball 40m out from the Tigers’ line and using an overlap to score in the left hand corner.  They were controlling the match comfortably at 16-0.

Right on half time starting hooker & now halfback Stuart Flanagan scored out wide after he spotted a gap 30m out from the Manly line, sliced through then stepped the fullback to go over untouched.  Winger Ben Jeffery converted for the Tigers to trail 16-6 at half time.

Early in the second half replacement Tom Harberecht crossed near the left hand post after five eighth Tim Moltzen threw a neat pass to put him through a gap and he finished well.  Jeffery converted to close the gap to 16-12.

Soon after replacement Lewis Brown scored out wide after the Tigers used a huge overlap to get close to the tryline then kept the ball alive for Brown to crash over in that set.  Jeffery didn’t convert but the scores were locked at 16-all.

With 3 minutes to go Manly crossed out wide after gaining possession off a Tigers’ error 20m out and proving too strong at that late stage of the match, crashing over off a deep run.  The conversion wasn’t successful and while the Tigers had a final chance at grasping victory after regaining possession from a short restart, they couldn’t find a way over the tryline and at full time the Sea Eagles had run out winners 20-16.

This was a game that got away from the Tigers.  Although they trailed at half time, they played strongly in the second half to level the scores and prevent the Sea Eagles from extending their lead through good defence and field position, which gave them every opportunity to grab the lead and come away with the points.  They have a week to get back on track before facing traditionally strong opponents St George-Illawarra, who have had the better of recent encounters between the two teams.  Best performances were turned in by Jarrod Saffy, Lewis Brown and Dave Marando.

NSWRL – Round 14

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood 24           V         Newcastle Knights 24

Report by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers shared the points 24-all with the Newcastle Knights in the slush at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

Centre Ben Jeffery put first points on the board for the Tigers courtesy of a penalty goal from 20m out in front after 8 minutes of play to lead 2-0.

Soon after winger Samu Wara scored in the left hand corner after a 40/20 kick gave the Tigers a set in the Knights’ 10m zone.  In that set they spread it left where some sloppy handling created an overlap for Wara to finish off.  Jeffery didn’t convert and the score was 6-0.

The Knights were next to score, pouncing on a well-weighted grubber kick into the left hand corner but they didn’t convert to take the score to 6-4.

With 16 minutes to go the Knights scored next to the left hand post after they kept the ball alive through good support play within the 20m zone then running through a small gap.  The conversion put them into the lead 10-6.

Soon after replacement Sam Moa crossed next to the left hand post after backing up a neat offload from five eighth Tim Moltzen from close range.  Jeffery converted to give the Tigers a 12-10 lead.

Centre Rhys Hanbury then scored out wide touching down on a great grubber kick and Jeffery added the extras to extend the lead to 18-10.

With 4 minutes to go Newcastle scored a benefit of the doubt try out wide touching down on another superb kick under the conditions but couldn’t convert and the score was 18-14.

Right on half time the Knights scored in the left hand corner after they made a great break up the left hand touchline then put in a grubber behind the cover defence and outpaced the cover to regather, slide over and score.  The sideline conversion put the Knights in front 20-18 at half time.

Moltzen sparked the Tigers in the second half, crossing under the posts after 5 minutes pouncing on a loose ball 35m out from the Knights’ line and never being headed.  Jeffery’s conversion gave the Tigers the lead 24-20.

With 3 minutes of the match remaining the Knights scored in the left hand corner after they spotted compressed defence and put in a lovely chip kick which was taken uncontested in the in-goal.  They failed to convert from the sideline and at full time it was a 24-all draw.

In torrid conditions both teams struggled with the footing and heaviness of the ball and field position was always at a premium in order to capitalise on any handling errors.  It was encouraging to see both teams attempting to create chances rather than waiting for the other team to gift them possession.  Best performances were turned in by Jarrod Saffy, Samu Wara and Ben Jeffery, whose accuracy with the boot gave the Tigers every chance of winning the match.

 

Round 14 team v Newcastle Knights

Pos

Player

Casualty ward

 

1

Dave Marando

 

 

2

Jason Moodie

Keith Eshman – Shoulder Round 15

 

3

Ben Jeffrey

Adam Falcone – Achilles – Season

 

4

Rhys Hanbury

Atelea Vea – Shoulder - indefinite

 

5

Lee Bennett

Brad Dillon – Broken leg - Season

 

6

Tim Moltzen

 

 

7

Jai Ayoub

Damon Harth – Ankle Round 15

 

8

Luke Harlen

Tevita Metuisela – Knee - indefinite

 

9

Stuart Flanagan

 

 

10

Ryan O’Hara

 

 

11

Jarrod Saffy

 

 

12

Danny Galea

 

 

13

Rocky Trimarchi

 

 

14

Alan Shirnack

 

 

15

Sam Moa

 

 

16

Lewis Brown

 

 

17

Roman Ouchinnikov

 

 

18

Sam Wara

 

 

19

Tom Harberecht

 

Results Round 12 vs Raiders

By Michelle Boon

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood 22           V         Canberra Raiders 16

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers held on to beat a desperate Canberra Raiders outfit 22-16 at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

Canberra were first to score out wide after 11 minutes of play pouncing on a well-weighted grubber kick and the conversion gave them the lead 6-0.

Soon after centre Rhys Hanbury crossed out wide after he returned serve and pounced on a neat grubber from five eighth Stuart Flanagan.  Hanbury didn’t convert and the score was 6-4.

With 6 minutes to go lock Blake Ayshford scored under the posts after Flanagan spotted a gap out wide, accelerated through and found Ayshford in support who swerved infield to cross.  Halfback Jai Ayoub converted to give the Tigers a 10-6 lead at half time.

Replacement Sam Moa crashed over near the right hand post after 9 minutes of play following another set of 6 through a smart kick from Ayoub and in that set they moved the ball around within the 10m zone until Moa ran a great line and was unstoppable.  Ayoub couldn’t convert but they went further ahead 14-6.

With 17 minutes to go Hanbury scored in the right hand corner after Ayshford made a 40m break up the left hand touchline and replacement Samu Wara brought in infield, then in that set they eventually spread it right where the defence was scattered for Hanbury to stroll over.  Ayoub converted to extend the lead to 20-6.

Shortly after Canberra staged a revival, crossing for 2 tries in the space of 5 minutes to close in at 20-16 and have the crowd on the edge of their seats.

Ayoub ensured a Tigers’ victory by kicking a penalty goal from 35m out right on full time, taking the score to 22-16 at full time.

The Tigers will be grateful for the 2 points, but they have plenty of areas to work on during the week, as their defence gave the Raiders the chance to win the game in the latter stages when they were firmly in control.  Best performances were turned in by Rhys Hanbury, Keith Galloway, Lewis Brown and Dave Marando.

Team Round 12 vs Raiders

Pos

 

 

1

Gavin Cowan

Casualty ward

2

Jason Moodie

Keith Eshman – Shoulder Round 15

3

Ben Jeffery

Adam Falcone – Achilles – Season

4

Rhys Hanbury

Atelea Vea – Shoulder - indefinite

5

Lee Bennett c

Brad Dillon – Broken leg - Season

6

Stuart Flanagan

Tim Moltzen – Back Round 13

7

Jai Ayoub

Damon Harth – Ankle Round 15

8

Luke Harlen

Tevita Metuisela – Knee - indefinite

9

Lewis Brown

 

10

Sam Moa

 

11

Tom Harberecht

 

12

Rod Griffin

 

13

Rocky Trimarchi

 

14

David Marando

 

 

15

Blake Ayshford

 

16

Roman Ovchinnikov

 

24

Alan Schirnack

 

Results Round 11


Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood 36           V         Penrith Panthers 30

By Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers defeated the Penrith Panthers 36-30 in a high scoring affair at CUA Stadium on Sunday.

Fullback Shannon McDonnell crossed in the right hand corner after 3 minutes of play after they worked upfield in their first set of 6 and quick hands allowed him to use his speed to slice through.  Centre Ben Jeffery converted from the sideline to lead 6-0.

Soon after McDonnell crossed out wide after finding himself on the end of a break up the left hand touchline and outpacing the cover.  Jeffery converted to take the score to 12-0.

6 minutes later McDonnell notched his hat trick when he scored under the posts backing up a break made by five eighth Tim Moltzen on halfway and Jeffery’s conversion put them further ahead 18-0.

With 6 minutes remaining second rower Tevita Metuisela scored next to the right hand post showing great strength.  Jeffery was again on target and the Tigers extended their lead to 24-0.

Soon after McDonnell grabbed his fourth try of the afternoon out wide after backing up a great break started by hooker Stuart Flanagan who ran 20m before offloading to halfback Jai Ayoub who then found McDonnell and he crashed over.  Jeffery maintained his perfect record with the boot and at half time the Tigers were firmly in control 30-0.

The second half resembled an almost completely different match.  An injury to Moltzen resulted in a reshuffle which caused the Tigers to lose some structure and the Panthers took full advantage of the disruption, crossing in the 8th, 10th, 23rd and 26th minutes to give themselves a huge chance of victory at 30-24.

With 11 minutes remaining Jeffery kicked a penalty goal from 40m out to take the score to 32-24.

Soon after Jeffery scored in the left hand corner after touching down on a superb grubber kick from Flanagan, but he couldn’t convert and they went further ahead 36-24.

With 4 minutes to go the Panthers scored under the posts after they chip-kicked from 30m out, regathered and found support to just beat the scrambling cover defence and the conversion closed the score to 36-30.

The Tigers were able to control the game in the closing minutes to deny Penrith any chance of drawing the match and at full time they won 36-30.

This was a classic example of a game of 2 halves where each team took control at the beginning of the half and never allowed the other side to get any momentum.  It was a bit of skill and some smart thinking at the finish of the match that proved to be the difference and got the Tigers over the line.  The Man of the Match was Shannon McDonnell, making his return from injury suffered earlier this year.  It’s the best individual performance by any player in the club this season and equals Ben Jeffery’s 4-try return against the Sharks last year.  It was more impressive knowing that his positional play and timing were crucial in scoring these tries and he looked as though he hadn’t spent a minute out of this team, let alone 8 weeks.  He was well supported by Stuart Flanagan, Rhys Hanbury and Ben Jeffery.

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers
Round 11 team v Panthers

Pos

 

 

1

Shannon McDonnell

Casualty ward

2

Jason Moodie

Keith Eshman – Shoulder Round 15

3

Ben Jeffery

Adam Falcone – Achilles – Season

4

Rhys Hanbury

Atelea Vea – Shoulder - indefinite

5

Lee Bennett c

Brad Dillon – Broken leg - Season

6

Tim Moltzen

 

7

Jai Ayoub

Damon Harth – Ankle Round 15

8

Tevita Metuisela

 

9

Stuart Flanagan

 

10

Sam Moa

 

11

Rocky Trimarchi

 

12

Rod Griffin

 

13

Blake Ayshford

 

14

David Marando

 

 

15

Tom Harberecht

 

16

Luke Harlen

 

17

Lewis Brown

 

18

Samu Wara

 

19

Roman Ovchinnikov

 

24

Alan Schirnack

 

 

Results

Tigers defeated Lions in New Zealand 28 - 18

Round 10 Team vs Lions

Pos

 

 

1

Gavin Cowan

Casualty ward

2

Jason Moodie

Keith Eshman – Shoulder Round 15

3

Ben Jeffery

Adam Falcone – Achilles – Season

4

Rhys Hanbury

Atelea Vea – Shoulder - indefinite

5

Lee Bennett c

Brad Dillon – Broken leg - Season

6

Tim Moltzen

Matt Parata – Foot Round 12

7

Jai Ayoub

Damon Harth – Ankle Round 15

8

Al Schirnack

Luke Harlen – Groin Round 11

9

Stuart Flanagan

Rocky Trimarchi

10

Sam Moa

 

11

Tom Harberecht

Unavailable

12

Rod Griffin

Matthew Ryan NSW u/19

13

Lewis Brown

Blake Ayshford NSW u/19

14

David Marando

 

 

15

Eloni Vunakece

 

NSWRL – Round 9

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood 16           V         St George-Illawarra 20

 

PREMIER LEAGUE Match Report Round 9

By Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers lost another close fought match 20-16 against the St George-Illawarra Dragons at Telstra Stadium on Sunday.

Newly promoted fullback Gavin Cowan opened the scoring after 5 minutes when he crossed near the left hand post after he showed some superb individual skills to chip kick over the top from 10m out then regather & crash over.  Five eighth Rhys Hanbury converted to lead 6-0.

Soon after the Dragons hit back in the corner but failed to convert to tail 6-4.

The Dragons then scored 2 quick tries in the right hand corner through a combination of poor Tigers’ defence and their ability to keep the ball alive & find support players in open positions.  Luckily for the Tigers their kicker was having an off day & neither try was converted to put the Dragons in front 12-6.

With 13 minutes to go the Dragons went over untouched in the left hand corner using an overlap down the touchline but without converting they took a 16-6 lead into half time.

Replacement Sam Moa put the Tigers right back into the match 10 minutes into the second half after he scored out wide following a dynamic run from dummy half by replacement Roman Ovchinnikov into a gap 10m out from the Dragons’ line, who then linked with Moa in support to crash over.  Hanbury’s conversion closed the gap to 16-12.

With 15 minutes to go winger Jason Moodie crossed in the left hand corner after St George-Illawarra turned over possession 30m out from their line and in that set the Tigers spun it left along a deep backline towards an overlap through centre Ben Jeffery for Moodie to finish off.  Jeffery didn’t convert but the scores were locked at 16-all.

Soon after the Dragons regained the lead when they scored in the left hand corner using an overlap to perfection. They couldn’t buy a conversion but were ahead 20-16.

Despite creating some scoring opportunities in the remaining minutes the Tigers couldn’t get over the line one final time and at full time the Dragons came away winners 20-16.

It was a frustrating match for the players, seeing them play so uncohesively in the first half then put together a very focussed 20 minute period to put themselves into a match-winning position, only to lose in the closing minutes by a small margin.  Next weekend’s match against the Lions will be a big test for them to prove that they are a real premiership force and can play well when the pressure is on, as well as being crucial to remaining in touch with the top 8.  Best performances were turned in by Lewis Brown, Sam Moa and Jarrod Saffy.

Team Round 9 vs Dragons

Pos

 

 

1

Samu Wara

Casualty ward

2

Kingi Akaoula

Keith Eshman – Shoulder Round 15

3

Ben Jeffery

Adam Falcone – Achilles – Season

4

Matt Ryan

Atelea Vea – Shoulder - indefinite

5

Lee Bennett c

Brad Dillon – Broken leg - Season

6

Rhys Hanbury

Matt Parata – Foot Round 12

7

Gavin Cowan

Damon Harth – Ankle Round 15

8

Jarrod Saffy

Luke Harlen – Groin Round 11

9

Stuart Flanagan

 

10

Tevita Metuisela

 

11

Tom Harberecht

 

12

Rocky Trimarchi

 

13

Lewis Brown

 

16

Jai Ayoub

 

18

Rod Griffin

 

19

David Marando

 

20

Eloni Vunakece

 

24

Alan Schirnack

 

 

Results

NSWRL – Round 8
Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood 32           V         Western Suburbs Magpies 22

Match Report Round 8

By Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers got the better of the battle of the joint venture, coming away with a 32-22 victory over the Western Suburbs Magpies at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford on Saturday night.

Five eighth Blake Ayshford showed exceptional anticipation to swoop on a loose ball 35m out from Wests’ line and cross untouched next to the left hand post after 10 minutes of play.  Fullback Rhys Hanbury converted to lead 6-0.

A few minutes later centre Ben Jeffery scored the easiest of tries in the left hand corner after a great break set up by second rower Ben T’eo ended inches short of the line and on the next play with the defence in tatters they switched it left for Jeffery to stroll over unmarked.  Hanbury’s sideline conversion put them further ahead 12-0.

Soon after Ayshford crossed in the right hand corner after he threw a dummy from 20m out and proved too quick for the cover.  Hanbury hit the post with his conversion attempt and the Tigers were now ahead 16-0.

Wests’ winger Chance Bunce put the Magpies back into the match when he took a superb intercept 30m out from his own line and showed brilliant speed in a foot race to score under the posts.  The conversion took the score to 16-6.

With 3 minutes to go Wests scored in the right hand corner after they used a short blind side overlap 5m out to great effect.  They didn’t convert but were closer at 16-10.

Right on half time Hanbury kicked a penalty goal from 25m out to take the Tigers into half time leading 18-10.

Wests breathed life into the game when they crossed out wide after working it up toward the Tigers’ line at the 15 minute mark then using their strength to get through the defence and plant the ball down in traffic.  The conversion made it 18-16.

With 18 minutes to go hooker Stuart Flanagan scored under the posts after he spotted a gap in the defence and charged out of dummy half to just make it over.  Hanbury converted to put them ahead 24-16.

Soon after T’eo scored out wide after quick hands along the backline off a repeat set of 6 created a huge overlap which allowed T’eo to cross untouched.  Hanbury didn’t convert but they extended the lead to 28-16.

With 3 minutes remaining lock Liam Fulton scored out wide after a neat short pass from Hanbury found Fulton with space to move only a few metres out from the line and he plunged over.  Hanbury couldn’t convert but the score was now 32-16.

Just on full time Wests scored a consolation intercept try from halfway to cross untouched out wide and the conversion gave the Tigers victory at full time 32-22.

It proved to be a very even contest and it was anybody’s game midway through the second half with only 2 points separating the teams at that stage.  The Tigers only asserted their dominance during the latter stages as experience and fatigue played to the Tigers’ advantage.  Best performances were turned in by Blake Ayshford, Rhys Hanbury and Ben T’eo.

 

Premier Team Round 8 - 5 May 5:20pm Bluetongue Stadium, Central Coast

Pos

 

 

1

Matt Ryan

Casualty ward

2

Samu Wara

Keith Eshman – Shoulder Round 15

3

Ben Jeffery

Adam Falcone – Achilles – Season

4

Rhys Hanbury

Atelea Vea – Shoulder - indefinite

5

Lee Bennett c

Brad Dillon – Broken leg - Season

6

Blake Ayshford

Matt Parata – Foot Round 12

7

Tim Moltzen

Damon Harth – Ankle Round 15

8

Luke Harlen

 

9

Lewis Brown

 

10

Tevita Metuisela

 

11

Ben Te’o

 

12

Rocky Trimarchi

 

13

Tom Harberecht

 

16

Jai Ayoub

 

 

18

Jarrod Saffy

 

19

David Marando

 

24

Alan Schirnack

 

 

Round 7 Match Report

By Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers went down 30-22 to the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium on Friday night.

It took 18 minutes for the Tigers to post first points through centre Rhys Hanbury scoring under the posts after he spotted a gap after slipping out of a tackle 5m out from the line and plunged over.  His conversion made the score 6-0.

The Bulldogs hit back soon after as they strolled through a soft tackle to go over untouched near the left hand post.  The conversion tied the game at 6-all.

They were next to score as they worked a neat overlap move, turning the ball inside to go over then improved the position under the posts.  They converted and at half time the Tigers trailled 12-6.

The Bulldogs came out strongly in the second half, scoring 2 converted tries in the first 10 minutes under the posts to race to a 24-6 lead.

Replacement Tom Haberecht got the Tigers back into the match, crossing in the left hand corner after he made a superb break through the left hand centres then outpaced the cover to score.  Hanbury converted to take the score to 24-12.

Canterbury hit back a few minutes later after they made a break up the right hand touchline and found support to cross untouched in the corner.  They converted to extend their lead to 30-12.

With 7 minutes to go five eighth Blake Ayshford scored out wide after the defence came up quickly and he spotted a gap, sped through and just beat the cover to reach out and touch down.  Hanbury didn’t convert and the score was 30-16.

2 minutes later hooker Stuart Flanagan scored under the posts after front rower Jarrod Saffy made 30m off the restart, then found Flanagan in support on the halfway line and he outsprinted the cover to cross.  Hanbury’s conversion closed the score to 30-22 but time beat the Tigers and at full time the Bulldogs ran out winners 30-22.

Best performances were turned in by Stuart Flanagan, Tom Haberecht & Rhys Hanbury.

Round 7 Team

Pos

 

 

1

Matt Parata

Casualty ward

2

Matt Ryan

Keith Eshman – Shoulder Round 15

3

Ben Jeffery

Adam Falcone – Achilles – Season

4

Rhys Hanbury

Atelea Vea – Shoulder - indefinite

5

Lee Bennett c

Brad Dillon – Broken leg - Season

6

Blake Ayshford

 

7

Tim Moltzen

 

8

Luke Harlen

 

9

Stuart Flanagan

 

10

Jarrod Saffy

 

11

Ben Te’o

 

12

Rocky Trimarchi

 

13

Tevita Metuisela

 

14

Tom Harberecht

 

24

Alan Schirnack

 

16

Jai Ayoub

 

 

17

Lewis Brown

 

18

Rod Griffin

 

19

David Marando

 

 

NSWRL – Round 6

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood                V         BYE

Round 5 Results and Match report

By Michelle Boon

Premier League        Balmain Ryde Eastwood 10           V         Newtown Jets 32

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers were outplayed by a strong Newtown Jets outfit 32-10 at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

The Jets were first on the board through their winger to lead 4-0.

Lots of errors by both teams created few scoring opportunities until the 35th minute when halfback Tim Moltzen found a little gap in the Jets’ defence and slipped through to cross near the right hand post.  Centre Rhys Hanbury converted to put the Tigers ahead 6-4.

Right on half time the Jets kicked in behind the Tigers’ defence and they regathered to go over untouched.  The conversion gave them the lead at half time 10-6.

In the second half the Jets took advantage of Tigers’ errors to score in the 2nd and 9th minutes and extend their lead to 20-6.

Winger Lee Bennett replied after the Tigers scooped up a loose ball near the Jets’ line and spread it quickly along the backline for Bennett to cross with Hanbury unable to convert, taking the score to 20-10.

Shortly after a length of the field effort from the Jets extended their lead to 26-10 and with only a few minutes remaining another converted try sealed the game for the Jets 32-10 at full time.

The Tigers were their own worst enemies with too many basic mistakes allowing the Jets to build pressure which eventually was reflected on the scoreboard.  The Tigers were best served by hooker Stuart Flanagan, front rower Luke Harlen and fullback Dave Marando.

Round 5 team announced

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood side to play the Newtown Jets at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday 14 April is

1

David Marando

2

Matt Ryan

3

Rhys Hanbury  

4

Matt Parata

5

Lee Bennett (c)

6

Blake Ayshford

7

Tim Moltzen 

8

Luke Harlen

9

Stuart Flanagan

10

Ryan  O Hara

11

Tevita Metuisela

12

Rocky Trimarchi

13

Danny Galea

Interchange

14

Tom Harberecht

15

 

16

Ben Teo

17

Lewis Brown

18

Rod Griffin

24

Alan Schirnack

Kick off is at 3:00pm.

Round 4 Premier League Results

Newcastle

36

v

Newtown

22

North Sydney

13

v

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers

6

Parramatta

24

v

Canberra

4

Auckland

29

v

Manly-Warringah

16

Penrith

43

v

Western Suburbs

10

Cronulla

18

v

St George Illawarra

14

Bulldogs

 

v

Bye

 

Match Report
Round 4 8 April 2007

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 6 North Sydney Bears 13
by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers lost a close fought game 13-6 against the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval on Saturday.

Norths were first on the board after a cross-field kick from halfback Rhys Hanbury went horribly wrong, straight into the arms of a Norths’ player who had no defence to beat in front of him to sprint 80m unopposed and the conversion made it 6-0.

Soon after centre Matt Parata crossed out wide after Hanbury spotted an overlap and held the ball back beautifully for Parata to hit the gap at pace and score.  Hanbury’s conversion levelled the scores at 6-all.

A few minutes later Norths scored under the posts after they used a short pass to get through a gap close to the line and the conversion put them back in front 12-6 at half time.

In a dour second half neither team seemed able or willing to hold possession long enough to create opportunities to post further points.  Consequently with 5 minutes to go Norths took an opportunity to lock the game away with a successful field goal from in front to extend their lead to 13-6.

In the slushy conditions that was too much to overcome for the Tigers in the remaining minutes so at full time Norths ran out winners 13-6.

It was disappointing to see so many mistakes made by the players, not all of them due to the weather and that is something to be addressed for next week’s clash against the Jets.  They will not be so kind on the Tigers if they are gifted with that much extra possession.

Round 4 team announced

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood side to play the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval on Saturday 7 April is

1

David Marando

2

Samu Wara

3

Matt Ryan

4

Matt Parata

5

Lee Bennett (c)

6

Blake Ayshford

7

Rhys Hanbury

8

Luke Harlen

9

Stuart Flanagan

10

Ryan  O Hara

11

Tevita Metuisela

12

Tom Harberecht

13

Rocky Trimarchi

Interchange

15

Tim Moltzen

16

Ben Teo

17

Lewis Brown

18

Kingi Aklaoula

24

Peter Lewis

Kick off is at 4:00pm.

Round 3 Premier League Results

St George Illawarra

32

v

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers

20

Bulldogs

32

v

Auckland

28

Penrith

42

v

Newtown

18

North Sydney

28

v

Cronulla

12

Parramatta

38

v

Western Suburbs

22

Canberra

24

v

Newcastle

26

Manly-Warringah

 

v

Bye

 

Match Report
Round 3 31 March 2007

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 20 St George Illawarra 32
by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers played disappointingly, losing their first match of the season to the St George Illawarra Dragons 32-20 at WIN Stadium on Saturday.

The Dragons opened scoring after 11 minutes with a converted try giving them a 6-0 lead.

In the next set some sloppy defence allowed the Dragons to run the length of the field in 5 tackles and score 3 minutes later. The try was not converted leaving the Tigers down 10-0 after 14 minutes.

Centre Matt Parata opened the Tigers scoring in the 22nd minute when he dived his way over the line. Unfortunately it was not converted and the score was 10-4.

The Dragons struck back 11 minutes later with another converted try, extending the score to 16-4.

With four minutes to the break, fullback Dave Marando ran a great hole from 10 metres out, grabbing the second try for the Tigers and bringing the score to 16-8. It was not converted and the score remained this until half time.

The Dragons opened the scoring in the second half after 6 minutes, with an unconverted try, extending their lead to 20-8.

4 minutes later the Dragons were in again, this time converting the try and going further ahead 26-8.

With 10 minutes left in the game, the Dragons went over for their third try of the half with another converted try leaving the Tigers down 32-8.

5 minutes before the end of the game, Tom Haberecht was able to break the line from 15 metres out putting the Tigers over for the first time in the second half. The try was converted by five-eighth Rhys Hanbury and the Tigers lessened the gap to 32-14.

With two minutes left, the Tigers grabbed their last try with a great Rhys Hanbury grubber kick in behind the line, which bounced up nicely for Matt Parata to grab a double. The try was again converted by Rhys Hanbury to take the score to 32-20.

Unfortunately the late rush of tries by the Tigers was too late and time ran out leaving the Dragons victorious by 12 at full time, the final score 32-20.

The Man of the Match was awarded to Ryan O’Hara and he was well supported by Tom Haberecht & Rhys Hanbury.

Round 3 team announced

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood side to play the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium on Saturday 31 March is

1

David Marando

2

Samu Wara

3

Matt Ryan

4

Matt Parata

5

Lee Bennett (c)

6

Rhys Hanbury

7

Jai Ayoub      

8

Luke Harlen

9

Stuart Flanagan

10

Ryan  O Hara

11

Tevita Metuisela

12

Danny Galea

13

Rocky Trimarchi

Interchange

14

Tom Harberecht

15

Tim Moltzen

16

Ben Teo

17

Lewis Brown

19

Blake Ayshford

24

Alan Shirnack

Kick off is at 3:30pm.

Round 2 Premier League Results

St George Illawarra

18

v

Canberra

26

Penrith

24

v

Bulldogs

34

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers

24

v

Manly-Warringah

16

Western Suburbs

32

v

Cronulla

24

Auckland

18

v

Newtown

38

North Sydney

4

v

Parramatta

38

Newcastle

 

v

Bye

 

Match Report
Round 2 24 March 2007

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 24 Manly Sea Eagles 16
by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers put in a solid display to defeat the Manly Sea Eagles 24-16 at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

Manly were out of the blocks early, catching the outside backs off guard to win a jump for a bomb & score out wide but they didn’t convert and led 4-0.

Second rower Danny Galea then spotted a huge gap out wide and shot through off a good offload to improve the position and cross near the right hand post.  Five eighth Rhys Hanbury converted to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead.

With 8 minute to go halfback Jai Ayoub crossed out wide after going through a gap and being ankle-tapped inches short of the tryline but with enough momentum to score the try.  Hanbury couldn’t convert and the score was 10-4.

Manly then replied with an opportune try out wide to level the scores at 10-all at half time.

Galea was again on the spot to score a smart try out wide, running into a huge gap and going over untouched.  Hanbury didn’t convert and the Tigers were back in front 14-10.

Manly replied soon after following a scrum win close to the line to regain the lead 16-14.

Replacement Ben T’eo backed up his Flegg appearance by crossing out wide running at pace into a yawning gap but centre Matt Parata couldn’t convert to put the Tigers back in the lead 18-16.

A few minutes later replacement Tom Haberecht scored out wide using the gap created by Manly being a man down in the sinbin to good effect.  Hanbury’s conversion gave them some breathing space at 24-16 and this was held by the Tigers to give them victory at full time.

Coach Arthur Kitinas will be pleased by the follow-up effort put in by the team from last week in a well-judged performance, timing their assault to perfection.  Danny Galea was judged Man of the Match for his 2-try effort.

Round 2 team announced

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood side to play the Manly at Lecihhardt Oval on Saturday 24 March is

1

Shannon McDonnell

2

Samu Wara

3

Matt Ryan

4

Rhys Hanbury

5

Lee Bennett (c)

6

Tim Moltzen

7

Jai Ayoub      

8

Luke Harlen

9

Stuart Flanagan

10

Ryan  O Hara

11

Tevita Metuisela

12

Danny Galea

13

Rocky Trimarchi

Interchange

14

Tom Harberecht

15

David Marando

18

Lewis Brown

24

Alan Shirnack

Kick off is at 3:20pm.

Round 1 Premier League Results

Manly-Warringah

28

v

Western Suburbs

14

Newtown

32

v

St George Illawarra

32

Cronulla

28

v

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers

34

Auckland

27

v

Parramatta

8

Newcastle

38

v

Bulldogs

18

Canberra

 

v

Bye

 

North Sydney

 

v

Bye

 

Penrith

 

v

Bye

 

Match Report
Round 1 17 March 2007

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 34 Cronulla Sharks 26
by Michelle Boon

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers have started the season well, winning 34-26 against the Cronulla Sharks at Toyota Park on Saturday.

Hooker Stuart Flanagan got them on the board after 7 minutes of play, spotting a gap near the left hand post & taking defenders across the line with him.  Centre Rhys Hanbury converted to lead 6-0.

The Sharks hit back capitalising on a Tigers’ handling error to score in the left hand corner to trail 6-4.

Cronulla then scored 2 more tries, 1 in each corner, without conversion to take the lead 12-6 and a penalty goal close to half time gave them a 14-6 lead at the break.

Winger Chance Bunce scored a superb solo effort down the left hand touchline early in the second half to get the score back to 14-10.

Lock Rocky Trimarchi then followed up with a barge-over try from dummy half near the Sharks’ line and with Hanbury’s conversion the Tigers had regained the lead 16-14.

Hanbury then posted a 4-pointer after pouncing on a long grubber kick near the left hand post and converted to go further ahead 22-14.

Soon after five eighth Tim Moltzen showed great strength & composure to plant the ball down under the posts in traffic.  Hanbury converted from in front to extend the lead to 28-14.

Hanbury then scored his second for the day after taking a well-placed cross-field kick from Moltzen to touch down near the left hand post and continued his good kicking form to take the score to 34-14.

Cronulla hit back with 2 late tries in greasy conditions but it wasn’t enough to stop a first-up Tigers’ victory 34-26.

Coach Arthur Kitinas will be pleased by the effort put in by the team in difficult conditions and the composure shown by the players to turn the half time score around so convincingly.  Best performances were turned in by Ryan O’Hara, Tim Moltzen & Rhys Hanbury.

Match Report
Trial Match 3 March 2007

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 24 Souths Logan 10

The Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers had a solid win over the QLD Cup team Souths Logan in Brisbane on Saturday night.

In their last trial before the competiton starts, coach Arthur Kitinas was happy with the result but knows there is still a lot of improvement left in the team if they are going to be a force in this years competition.

The game was very physical and our forwards dominated from the outset with Luke Harlen and Peter Lewis leading the way. In a game where players were trying to impress head coach Tim Sheens, everyone put their hand up to let him know they were ready for the NRL. Overall, coach Kitinas was very happy with the win and now wants them to continue their good form from the trials into the competition proper.
Best players for the game were: Luke Harlen, Stuart Flanaghan, Tom Haberecht and Rocky Trimarchi

Premier League and Flegg now has the weekend off before they start Round 1.

Premier Leagues side for Souths Logan Trial

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers will play Souths Logan in a trial matchj at Davis Park on Sunday, March 3.

1 Shannon McDonnell
2 Chris Lawrence
3 Ben Jeffery
4 Matthew Parata
5 Lee Bennett
6 Rhys Hanbury
7 Jai Ayoub
8 Luke Harlen
9 Stuart Flanagan
10 Bronson Harrison
11 Tevita Metuisela
12 Danny Galea
13 Rocky Trimarchi

14 Alan Schirnack Sam Moa
15 Tim Moltzen
16 David Marando
17 Tom Haberecht
18 Lewis Brown
19 Peter Lewis

Match Report
Trial Match 24 February 2007

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 20 Canberra Raiders 18
by Michelle Boon

The Tigers put up a good showing against a stronger Canberra Raiders team, winning 20-18 at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

As in previous games the Raiders were first on the board and led 6-0.

Prop Luke Harlen then crashed over out wide but centre Ben Jeffery couldn’t convert to bring the score back to 6-4.

Five eighth Rhys Hanbury showed great speed to outsprint the defence and cross in the left hand corner but centre Matthew Parata couldn’t convert for the Tigers to edge ahead 8-6.

A few minutes later hooker Lewis Brown scored under the posts after he slid through a neat gap and beat the cover.  Parata’s conversion took them further ahead 14-6.

Canberra clawed back to 14-12 on the stroke of half time courtesy of a runaway intercept try.

Halfback Tim Moltzen opened the scoring in the second half, crossing near the post after he spotted a gap in the defence close to the tryline.  Parata converted to extend the lead to 20-12.

Canberra hit back with 10 minutes to go, grounding a grubber kick under the posts and getting the score back to 20-18.

The Tigers managed to hang on for the final minutes of the match and run out winners 20-18.

Best performances were turned in by Luke Harlen, Sam Moa, Lewis Brown & Tom Haberrecht.

Strong team for Premier League trial

Wayne Cousins
Wests Tigers Media Officer
Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers will play Canberra Raiders in a Premier League trial at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday, February 24.

Kick-off is 4.30pm. Prior to this game we have Round 1 of the Junior Reps and our Flegg team is playing Canberra in a trial match. The day commences at 12noon.

Coach Arthur Kitinas will be looking for another repeat of the strong performance in the trial win over Newtown the previous week.

1 David Marando
2 Matt Ryan
3 Ben Jeffery
4 Matthew Parata
5 Lee Bennett
6 Tim Moltzen
7 Rhys Hanbury
8 Peter Lewis
9 Stuart Flanagan
10 Luke Harlen
11 Tevita Metuisela
12 Danny Galea
13 Rocky Trimarchi

14 Sam Moa
15 Alan Schirnack
16 Tom Haberecht
17 Lewis Brown
18 Jai Ayoub

Match Report
Trial Match 17 February 2007

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 38 Newtown Jets 6
by Michelle Boon

This was a superb showing by the likely squad for 2007, with a number of players having their first run for the pre-season and looking like they are hungry to achieve more than they did last season.

At half time they’d notched up a healthy 16-0 lead with tries to Ben Jeffery, Alan Shirnack & Jarrod Farlow, with Jeffery booting a couple of conversions.

In the second half it was more of the same as they continued to capitalise on Newtown’s errors and their own skill factor evident across the backline.  A further 4 tries were added to the scoreline, with Newtown only able to cross a few minutes from full time.

This was a fantastic effort against last year’s losing grand finalists, so new coach Arthur Kitinas should be rightly pleased with the team’s preparations so far.

Best performances were turned in by Luke Harlen, David Marando, Rhys Hanbury, Ben Jeffery, Sam Moa, Chance Bunce & Matthew Parata.

Match Report
Trial Match 10 February 2007

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 40 The Entrance 12
by Michelle Boon

The first Premier League grade trial for 2007 showcased a mix of the talent that will be representing both the Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers and the Western Suburbs Magpies throughout the season.

They divided into 2 squads and played one half each against The Entrance’s reserve grade side and The Entrance Jim Beam cup squad.

In the first match Balmain / Wests combined well to score 3 tries and lead 12-0 at half time.  Rhys Hanbury scored two, including a brilliant solo effort, while Chance Bunce finished off a typical winger’s try down the left hand touchline.

The second Balmain / Wests squad then came on and showed equal talents in winning the half 12-4.  Ben Taia played strongly, scoring a strength try out wide off a well judged bomb taken by winger Ken Stokes, then he repaid the favour setting up Stokes before taking advantage of another barging run to put away fullback Gavin Cowan under the posts

In the next match against the Jim Beam Cup squad things were a little harder, with only Jarrod Farlow able to post a try and at half time the score was locked at 4-all.

In the second half the fitness levels began to have an impact and the combined squad used this to their advantage to score 3 tries and take the honours 12-4.

Cowan scored a terrific solo try after gathering a chip kick 30m out from his own line, cutting through the defence with open space ahead of him, while Bunce took a well judged intercept and was never headed to cross under the posts.

For a first hitout things are shaping up well and with a few more trials to get under their belts a good season lies ahead for both clubs.

Last updated 24 September, 2007 15:27