Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Pies want the win so bad!

This is it! The Magpies last chance to get a win in 2012. The boys must be commended for never giving up in what can be described as one, if not the hardest season our proud club has ever had to endure.

They really could use your help out at Leichhardt Oval this Saturday. Get out to the game and cheer on our boys. Its David vs Goliath, and our boys are sure to give the competition one last almighty black and white shake!

Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers Vs Western Suburbs Magpies
Leichhardt Oval, Saturday, September 1
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Matt Noyen


1. Sean Meaney
2. Jake Clarke
3. Joel Reddy
4. Tim Simona
5. Gus Aiga
6. Dane Chisholm
7. Nathan Waters
8. Ava seumanufagai
9. Pat Politoni
10. Ray Cashmere
11. Jarrod Farlow
12. Josh Davis
13. Rhys Curren

14. David Harris
15. Alipate Noilea
17. John Grant
18. Marc Russell
20. Linc Port
22. Dayne Craig
23. Francis Tuigamala
24. Taqele Naiyaravaro
25. Jy Hitchcox
COACH: Paul Fletcher

1. Zoram Watene
2. Greg Davis
3. Henry Iuta
4. Joe Uluibau
5. Amanono Tovio
6. Michael La Manna
7. Trent Touma
8. Seffa Silafau
9. Nigel Millgate
10. Jay Maseuli
11. Sione Fakuhua
12. Tuki Jackson
13. Michael Lekkas

14. Henry Godinet
15. Todd Makejev
16. Latu Fifita
17. Daniel La Manna
18. Chris Nay
19. Joe Flint
20. Beau Bovis
21. Tom Pritchard
22. Keanu Rogers
COACH: Jason Williams

Summary: In terms of finals the Tigers are in an ideal situation in that they control their own destiny. They must simply win and they will secure their place for week one of the Finals Series. The Tigers can’t finish higher than sixth no matter what happens in other fixtures, so they will know that they face an elimination matchup in week one regardless of the margin of victory and so forth. A major focus for Paul Fletcher and his men, other than securing the points, should be to get through the game without losing any players to injury or suspension. This will be easier said than done however given the fierceness that this encounter will be expected to produce. It is no secret that there is no love lost between these two clubs and fireworks are to be expected, so it will be important for the Tigers players to keep their wits about themselves and just play football. Wests will throw everything at the Tigers, and with this game set to be part of a three match card at Leichhardt on Saturday, the prospect of a good early crowd will only serve to fire the black and whites up even more.
Talking Point: Well done boys – It sounds silly to say this about a side that is staring down the barrel of a winless season, but we think that Wests have done a mighty job in 2012. We don’t want to make excuses for anyone but this club has had to go through a coaching change, personnel turnover both on and off the park, prepare with limited resources and have received limited support from those that perhaps they would have been expecting such support from. To keep turning up week after week, almost knowing their fate prior to the starting whistle must be an exacerbating exercise yet these men have continued to do, and do it with their heads held high. While they have been outgunned they have never given up, and we are sure that the pride of Campbelltown is still just that. Now rip in and finish the year on a high boys!
Prediction: Plenty of feeling in this one but the Tigers will win and seal their spot in the finals. Tigers by 18.