Balmain Tigers

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Balmain Tigers
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Club information
Full nameBalmain Tigers Rugby League Football Club Ltd
Nickname(s)Tigers
Colours  Orange
  Black
Founded23 January 1908 (foundation club)
Exited1999 (started joint venture in 2000 with Western Suburbs Magpies to form Wests Tigers)
Former details
Competition NSWRL, ARL, NRL
199915th of 17
Records
Premierships11 – 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1924, 1939, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1969
Runners-up9 – 1909, 1936, 1945, 1948, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1988, 1989
Minor premiership 7 – 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1924, 1939
Wooden spoons 4 – 1911, 1974, 1981, 1994

The Balmain Tigers (also known as the Sydney Tigers from 1995–96) are a rugby league club based in the inner-western Sydney suburb of Balmain. They were a founding member of the New South Wales Rugby League and one of the most successful in the history of the premiership, with eleven titles. In 1999 they formed a joint venture club with the Western Suburbs Magpies club to form the Wests Tigers for competition in the National Rugby League (NRL). They no longer field any senior teams in the lower divisions. At the time of the joint venture only South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Dragons had won more titles than the Tigers.

Contents

The club's home grounds are at present Leichhardt Oval, in Lilyfield, and T.G Milner Sportsground, in Marsfield.

History

Foundation club

In 1908 Australia's first season of rugby league began in Sydney and the Balmain club were one of nine foundation clubs. One of the club's founders was future Premier of New South Wales, John Storey. [1] Their home ground was Birchgrove Park. Balmain reached their first Grand Final in only the second year in the competition against the previous year's champions, South Sydney, but would protest as the match was scheduled as a warm-up for a Kangaroos vs. Wallabies game at Souths' home ground. [2] Even though both teams agreed to boycott the match, Souths turned up and were officially awarded the Premiership when they kicked off to an empty half of the field.

The distinctive black and gold colours of their 1908 thin striped jerseys lead their fans to quickly nickname them "The Tigers". Though it is claimed they were also known as "The Watersiders" in the early days, this appears a moniker that was used by newspaper journalists rather than Balmain supporters and fans. It seemed to be used to refer not only to most Balmain sporting teams (Lacrosse, Rugby Union, Cricket etc.), but also to Balmain residents in general. The following boxing quote is a good example,taken from "Sydney Sportsman" 11 Dec,1901. "On Xmas Eve, Cam Brookes and Ike Stewart, heavyweights, meet at the Golden Gate, Brookes is another Balmain boy, and the watersiders are sure to follow him to town in shoals." As late as the 1930s some journalists were still using both "Tigers" and "Watersiders" in the same article. One of the earliest newspaper references to Balmain & Tigers appears in "The Arrow" 12 August 1911. The journalist "Gulliver" in his "Football Notes" column reports; "W.G.B. (Balmain) writes: "Who said Balmain weren't rough? Here is an essay on "The Tiger" written by an eight year old boy at one of the local schools.:- The tiger has large padded feet so that he can steal softly upon his prey...The tiger is like the Balmain footballers, because he has black and yellow stripes. He is very wild, but not so wild as the Balmain footballers."

After a string of poor years, the Tigers managed a strong turn-around to become a dominant force in the Australian Rugby League with the club's first, second and third Premierships coming in successive years dominating the 1915, 1916 and 1917 seasons. Tigers dominance continued winning the 1919 and 1920 seasons comfortably. When they won the 1924 premiership this would be the last success for Balmain for over a decade to come.

Golden era

Balmain Premiers 1939 - Captain Sid Goodwin, Coach Bill Kelly Tigers 1939.jpg
Balmain Premiers 1939 – Captain Sid Goodwin, Coach Bill Kelly

It would not be until 1939 the Tigers won back the Premiership smashing Souths 33-4. The weekend of the Final will also be remembered for the invasion of Poland by Germany which led to England and Australia going to War.

Post-World War II marked a golden era for Balmain with the Tigers reaching five consecutive Grand Finals winning three of them. In the 1944 Grand Final, the Tigers beat the strong favourites Newtown 19-16. Balmain reached the Grand Final again in 1945 but fell at the last hurdle against Easts 22-18. The loss was not long remembered as the Tigers went on to take out the next two seasons, beating St George 13-12 in 1946, and Canterbury 13-9 in 1947. On the hunt for a third successive title, they lost to Wests in 1948.

1960s–1970s

The Tigers would appear in several Grand Final matches throughout the 1950s and 1960s but were just another victim to the mighty St. George Dragons eleven-year streak of Premiership wins in this period, losing in 1956, 1964 and 1966. When the Tigers did take out the competition in the 1969 NSWRFL season it was a classy 11–2 defeat of favourites Souths who boasted 11 internationals, this would signal the last time Balmain would ever win a Grand Final. The side was captained by Peter Provan, brother of Norm, and coached by Leo Nosworthy.

The 1970s were not a great era for the Tigers. The wooden spoon had not been in Balmain since 1911, but it returned in club history when the Tigers won only 4 games and had 2 draws in 1974 following several poor years. That period between 1911 and 1974 remains the longest wooden spoon drought for any team. In 1976 things looked more hopeful when Balmain began the year with an undefeated run through the pre-season "Wills Cup" competition. The side also won the 1976 Amco Cup knockout tournament in front of a then-record crowd of 21,600, beating North Sydney. The Tigers won eight straight games and led the competition, but a midseason slump left the Tigers in the same position as in 1975 and they failed to make the finals.

1980s–1990s

The Tigers consistently made the finals series in the 1980s reaching the play-offs in 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989.

On 4 August 1985 a crowd of 21,707 set a new ground record for Leichhardt Oval. [3]

In 1986, one of Balmain's players, Great Britain captain Garry Schofield topped the try-scorers list for the season. The 1988 Great Britain Lions tour captain Ellery Hanley was signed by the Balmain Tigers to play the remaining rounds of the 1988 NSWRFL season for them once his representative commitments were fulfilled. [4] The Tigers reached the 1988 Grand Final, the first time since the 1969 success, winning a lot of fans along the way with a number of 'backs to the wall' performances winning four consecutive sudden death matches in just 3 weeks. The top five teams out of the premiership table went on to the final series, and this was the first time since 1979 that a team in fifth position had progressed to the Grand Final. In 1988 the Tigers were deemed certain to miss the finals with 8 games left in the regular season. The Tigers remarkably only lost a single game from that point onwards reaching the Grand Final against Canterbury, only to be denied the trophy in a controversial 24–12 loss. Canterbury player, Terry Lamb, is still remembered by fans for knocking out the legendary Ellery Hanley with a high shot in back play midway through the first half. The Tigers were leading the game at the time.

The side would again make the Grand Final in 1989 but this time as favourites. The '89 Final is regarded by many as one of the best in the history of Rugby League. In a controversial affair, the side lost in extra time against the Canberra Raiders after being ahead 12–2 at half time.

After the heartbreak of the 1989 Grand Final, the Tigers never regained their dominating form (although they did make the finals again in 1990) and went through a rebuilding phase following the retirement of star players Wayne Pearce, Garry Jack, Steve Roach and David Brooks who had all played over 100 games for the club over a period of 10 years or more. The stars were missed as Balmain finished second-last in 1993 and got the wooden spoon in 1994.

The departure of coach Warren Ryan at the end of 1990 was a key turning point for the club. Balmain hired the famous former Wallabies coach-come-radio announcer Alan Jones as a coach in 1991. As Paul Sironen admitted years later in his autobiography, the 'running rugby' style of Jones was too simplistic for the structured defensive patterns which had developed in rugby league during the 1980s. Jones also began a controversial clear-out of some of the other Tigers stars who had not retired, notably the Kiwi international Gary Freeman, and often replaced them with inexperienced juniors who were not yet really ready for first-grade football. By the time Jones was sacked as coach at the end of 1993, incoming coach Wayne Pearce inherited a massive problem which was only getting worse.

In drastic action, Balmain released 31 players at the end of 1994 and moved to Parramatta Stadium as the 'Sydney Tigers'. The Tigers stayed at Parramatta Stadium for 2 seasons before heading back to Leichhardt Oval. The Tigers only averaged 6,565 people attending home games at Parramatta Stadium in what was regarded as a failed experiment.

At the end of the 1996 ARL season the League's chief executive John Quayle resigned and was replaced by Balmain president (and former hooker) Neil Whittaker. [5]

Joint Venture

Although things picked up for the club in following years, the Australian Rugby League/Super League war would spell trouble for the club. 1999 was a tumultuous year for the Balmain Tigers. The season began with a dark cloud hanging over the 17 clubs. The Super League/ARL compromise had left 1999 as the last season before the 14 team NRL competition began and with it came the much talked about criteria. On-field Balmain was struggling with a savage injury toll that forced the Tigers to use over 40 players throughout the season.

In July 1999, the option of forming a joint venture with fellow foundation club, the Western Suburbs Magpies was put to the Football Club members. The members ultimately voted in favour of a joint venture. As it turned out Balmain was in the top 14 clubs under the criteria (ahead of current NRL teams Penrith and South Sydney) but would have continued to struggle to be financially competitive with bigger clubs. The decision to enter a joint venture saw a crowd of 15,240 turn-out in atrocious conditions to watch the Tigers play their last home game in first grade at Leichhardt Oval as the Balmain Tigers.

Balmain's final game in the top grade as a sole entity was in Round 26 1999 against the Canberra Raiders at Bruce Stadium which ended in a 42–14 defeat. At the time of the club's exit, Balmain were the third most successful club in the competition's history with eleven premierships. Only St. George and South Sydney had won more premierships. [6]

The new entity, Wests Tigers, made it to the 2005 NRL Grand Final and defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 30-16.

Club today

The club currently competes in both of the junior New South Wales Rugby League competitions, the Harold Matthews Cup and S. G. Ball Cup competitions, recording consecutive SG Ball premierships in 2012–13. From 2000, they played in the NSW Cup as a merged team with the Ryde-Eastwood Hawks and competed as the Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers. From season 2013 onwards, Balmain does not have a senior representative side, having formed a joint venture with the Western Suburbs Magpies to form a Wests Tigers team.

In October 2018, it was reported that the Balmain Leagues Club was placed into voluntary administration placing the future of the Balmain side at risk. It was also revealed that Balmain was required to pay a $2.5 million loan to the NRL by November 2021. The report followed on from the news that for over 10 years the leagues club at Rozelle had sat dormant as different shareholders and developers struggled to negotiate deals on what to do with the land. Both the Harold Matthews Cup and S. G. Ball Cup Balmain sides who still compete were reportedly not to be in any danger in the short term future. [7] [8] [9]

On 21 March 2019, it was revealed that Wests Ashfield accepted responsibility for the Balmain club's outstanding loan to the NRL. Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said of the news "The Tigers were about to become extinct, but the club can now continue as a rugby league entity and to be a partner in Wests Tigers for many decades to come". [10]

On 24th August 2019 a Deed of Amalgamation was issued between Wests Ashfield and Balmain Tigers. Under the deed, Ashfield will clear all outstanding debts to the NRL, will continue to fund Balmain Tigers Rugby League for a number of years and will pursue all avenues to re-open a venue on the Rozelle Premises.

Balmain Tigers League's Club

A foundation club of the NSWRFL, Balmain Tigers Rugby League Football Club was established on 23 January 1908 at Balmain Town Hall. The club has competed in the NSWRL competitions for 110 years, winning 11 first grade premierships.

Also operating a club known as Balmain Leagues Club, the operating business was built in 1957. The original site was situated on the corner of Victoria Road and Darling Street, Rozelle. The club was the venue for a celebration party after Wests Tigers won the NRL Premiership in 2005.

The Leagues Club closed its doors on 28 March 2010, with the former club site now vacant after receiving a notice to vacate the site to make way for the proposed Rozelle Village development to go ahead.

Balmain Leagues Club entered voluntary administration on 26 October 2018. [11]

In September 2019 members of both Balmain Leagues Club and Wests Ashfield Leagues club voted almost unanimously for an amalgamation to take place. Once ratified by office of Liquor and Gaming, Balmain Leagues Club will cease to exist. [12] [13] [14]

Coaching register

Pony Halloway player and coach. Arthur Halloway.jpg
Pony Halloway player and coach.
No.NameYearsGWDL %FinalsPremiershipsRunners-upMinor PremiershipsWooden spoons
1 Robert Graves 1908–1913763324143% 1909 1909 1911
2 Bill Kelly 1914–1915, 1938–194312073113561% 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943 1915, 1939 1915, 1939,
3 Arthur Halloway 1916–1920755731576% 1916 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920
4 Charles Fraser 1921–1924 & 1932794572757% 1924, 1932 1924 1924
5 Alf Fraser 1925–1929742844238%
6 Reg Latta 1929, 1931301111837%
7 Norm Robinson 1930, 1944–1947, 1954–19561438495059% 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1956 1944, 1946, 1947 1945, 1956
8 Cec Fifield 19301452736%
9 George Robinson 1933–193428931632%
10 Joe Busch 1935–1936311811258% 1936 1936
11 Harold Matthews 1937840450%
12 Athol Smith 1948–1950603761762% 1948, 1949, 1950 1948
13 Jim Duckworth 195118601233%
14 Arthur Patton 1952–1953361502142%
15 Sid Ryan 19571890950%
16 John O'Toole 1958–1960592912949% 1958, 1960
17 Harry Bath 1961–19661176534956% 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966 1964, 1966
18 Keith Barnes 1967–1968462821661%
19 Leo Nosworthy 1969–19731135525649% 1969 1969
20 Alan Mason 197422421618% 1974
21 Paul Broughton 1975–1976452222149% 1975
22 Ron Willey 1977–1979683542952% 1977
23 Dennis Tutty 198022701532%
24 Frank Stanton 1981–19861527827251% 1983, 1985, 1986 1981
25 Bill Anderson 1987251411056% 1987
26 Warren Ryan 1988–1990765012566% 1988, 1989, 1990 1988, 1989
27 Alan Jones 1991–1993662433936%
28 Wayne Pearce 1994–19991364918636% 1994

Players of note

In May 2003 the Balmain Tigers Team of the Century was named: [15]

2005 the members of the Team of the Century became the inaugural inductees to the Balmain Tigers Hall of Fame. In addition to those inductees, a further five were inducted at the inaugural Hall of Fame dinner on 17 March 2005. These were:

A further five were inducted at the Hall of Fame dinner on 29 March 2006. These were:

A further five were inducted at the Hall of Fame dinner on 20 March 2007. These were:

A further six were inducted at the Hall of Fame dinner in 2008. These were:

A further four were inducted in 2009: [16]

Stadiums

The Tigers have had several 'Home game grounds' used in the club's history. The club spent a majority of the early days at Birchgrove Oval (1908 – 1933, and in 1942), with short stints at Wentworth Park (1930) and at Drummoyne Oval (1932–1933) in that time.

In 1934, they moved to Leichhardt Oval, where the majority played until they merged with the Western Suburbs Magpies at the end of the 1999 season. In this time, they had short stints at Sydney Showground (1971–1972) and Parramatta Stadium (1995–1996).

The clubs' existing lower grade sides play home games at Leichhardt Oval and TG Milner Sportsground in Marsfield.

Here is a list of their grounds used as their primary use in first grade:

Records

Club

Biggest win

Worst defeat

Individual

Most appearances

Most tries in a match

Most tries in a season

Most tries for club

Most goals in a match

Most goals in a season

Most Goals For Club

Most points in a match

Most points in a season

Most points for club

Award winners

Honours

Major sponsors

Notable fans

First-grade players (1908-1999)

This is a list of rugby league footballers who played first-grade for the Balmain Tigers in Australia's top-level domestic men's rugby-league club competition. [23]

Club
No.NameCareerAppearances Tries Goals Field goals Points
1 Joe Apoloney 1908-19124390027
2 A Bryant 190840000
3 Alf Dobbs 1908-190963009
4 W Fisher 1908-190963009
5 G Fitzgerald 1908-191030527171
6 Robert Graves 1908-191354121038
7 Alf Latta 1908-191241810146
8 Ted McFadden 1908-1910331003
9 Tommy O'Donnell 1908-1910203009
10 Joe Regent 1908-19092076033
11 A Walker 1908-19102760018
12 A Ward 190880000
13 George Wilcox 190892006
14 Martin Laidlaw 1908-190991003
15 Barrell 190810000
16 James Smellie 190810000
17 Pat Carroll 190810000
18 T Smith 1908-190951105
19 Fred Woolley 1908-1910250000
20 A Davidson 190820000
21 John Woodward 1908-19135240012
22 W Davis 190910000
23 J Davidson 1909-191130000
24 Lloyd Edwards 1909-1910212006
25 S Moore 190953009
26 F Ward 1909-1911271003
27 H Jones 1909-191281003
28 Arthur Halloway 1909-1911, 1915-19201084700141
29 J Jackson 190910000
30 Black 1909-191021207
31 Horace Balkwell 1910-19166631113
32 Bob Craig 1910-191992142046
33 Nutts 191010000
34 W Smith 19101251017
35 Frank Woodward 191090000
36 Arthur Surridge 1910415013
37 Lane 191010000
38 F Cox 191050000
39 W Franklin 191021003
40 Stuart 191020000
41 Charles Fraser 1910-1926185541632492
42 Lloyd Boyd 191021003
43 Ted McGuinness 191010000
44 F McKay 191021003
45 Len Sawyer 1910-191340000
46 Jack Hickey 191110013026
47 D Hilliard 19111214011
48 Owen McCarthy 1911130000
49 W McKay 191130000
50 Charles McMurtrie 1911-19151540012
51 T Nolan 191110000
52 R Smith 191120000
53 B Wright 19111470021
54 C Stewart 1911-191231003
55 James Woodward 1911-1912110000
56 Tommy Anderson 191120000
57 W Kirk 191181207
58 Gus Widmer 191141004
59 M Jacobsen 191150000
60 J King 191140000
61 W Boyd 191110000
62 J Johnson 191140000
63 Frank Moore 1911-19143632115
64 E Rodney 1911-191250000
65 H Murphy 1911-19151140012
66 George Cummins 1912-1915578500124
67 William Geoghegan 1912111003
68 William Hilliard 19121332013
69 Albert Johnston 1912-19177662022
70 Lyall Wall 1912, 1914-1919816356100
71 A Wheatley 1912-1913, 1915251003
72 George Wheatley 1912-1913223009
73 Angus Lennon 191252006
74 Alf Liston 191210000
75 J Dooley 191261003
76 Jack Robinson 1912-19251567850244
77 L Eyles 191310000
78 Robert Fraser 191320000
79 H Judge 191330000
80 Bill Noble 1913140000
81 Ernie Hucker 191371003
82 P Burns 1913-19142260018
83 George Potter 1913-1916, 1918-192148243078
84 Anthony Harrington 191370408
85 D Cranston 1913-1916251105
86 Bill Schultz 1913-1924142150045
87 P Gehrig 191310000
88 P Spears 191310000
89 W Green 1914-1915151309
90 Bill Kelly 1914-191527160048
91 McLaren 191410000
92 Jack Blinco 1914-1915251003
93 H French 191440000
94 Herbert Johnson 191442006
95 W Winning 191430000
96 James Brassill 1915-19182190027
97 C Scanlon 191510000
98 George Robinson 1915-19288524440160
99 Edward Burnicle 1915-19183140012
100 Jim Craig 1915-19215120220104
101 Alf Fraser 1916-1925129150045
102 Reg Latta 1916-19301756210188
103 E Miller 191641003
104 C Mackey 1916-191730000
105 J Ashley 191640102
106 Roy Algie 191610000
107 Con Croghan 1916-191752006
108 R Hough 191610000
109 D Stewart 191670000
110 R Proust 1917-19203290027
111 Horrie Watt 1917-192593113039
112 R Miller 1917-191937736093
113 Paddy Conaghan 1917-1920, 192435191059
114 George Challis 1918100000
115 G Kensey 1918110000
116 Billy Ryan 1918-19201260018
117 H Hall 191831003
118 Jim Love 1918-192790230069
119 Mick Russell 1919-19246510890208
120 Frank Maguire 191910000
121 Edward Cummings 1919-1920191003
122 Joe Bennett 191910000
123 C Chapman 191910000
124 C Russell 1920-192390000
125 Dally Brien 1920-1926790027
126 Syd Denham 1920-192220000
127 Roy Liston 1921-1922, 19241828022
128 Bill Lucas 1921-1922243009
129 Tom McGuinness 1921-1922101003
130 Henry Pidcock 1921-1922153009
131 Joe Thetheway 192230000
132 Billy Craig 1922-192540110033
133 Frank O'Rourke 192210000
134 Sid Peters 192220000
135 Syd Greenless 1922-1923100000
136 Dud Millard 1922-192648131041
137 William Coonan 1922-192392006
138 Charles York 1922-192742006
139 Des Ponchard 1922-192958138079
140 E.B. Cox 192221003
141 Charles Cuneo 1923101105
142 Les Hayes 1923-19264570021
143 Tommy Kennedy 1923-192635240072
144 S Bell 192311003
145 George Bishop 1923-1935811022074
146 G O'Halloran 192430000
147 Fred Ferguson 1924-1927281003
148 Norm Robinson 1924-19337219220101
149 Jack Cuneen 1925100000
150 Ray Elliott 1925-19295870021
151 Frank McMillan 192512017034
152 A Latta 1925-1926142006
153 T Slattery 192580000
154 C Bell 192520000
155 Jack Dawson 192650000
156 Bill Maizey 1926-192727317043
157 R Rue 1926-192771003
158 F Ross 192672006
159 Tony Russell 1926-1929391010050
160 A Nicholls 192630000
161 T Newby 192630000
162 W O'Shea 1926407014
163 Bill Wiggins 1926-1929392006
164 Leo Abberton 192620000
165 J Reeves 192671003
166 Arthur Tennant 1926-1929190000
167 Alfred Wincote 1926-1929283009
168 J Cairns 1926-1928101003
169 Reg Snowball 192610000
170 J O'Connell 192663009
171 J Goodwin 1927-1931508016
172 Charlie Roberts 1927-1933592015090
173 C Wellings 192730000
174 Anthony McFadden 1927-192930130063
175 Walter McGreal 192770000
176 Les Moore 1927-193144100030
177 Wal Maizey 1927-19314280024
178 H Rolfe 192710000
179 Gordon Robinson 1928-192940000
180 Dudley Fitzpatrick 1927-19291760018
181 T Barnes 192710000
182 F O'Brien 1928-19291260018
183 Jim Pritchard 1928-193125515045
184 T Spooner 192831003
185 Andy Nicol 1928-1932191003
186 Jim Duckworth 1928-19384514330108
187 J Randall 192810000
188 Gerald Fitzpatrick 1928-193320000
189 Vern Deacon 19291480024
190 F Matthews 1929100000
191 Vic Reeves 1929-1931282006
192 Jack Chin 1929-193011314037
193 Jack Folkard 1929-19301005010
194 Ron Hoyle 192910000
195 Doug Vannon 192931207
196 S Edmonds 192910000
197 George Frankland 1929-193676270081
198 Tom Magnus 1929-19331531011
199 R Brennan 192921003
200 H Robson 192910000
201 Syd Christensen 1930-193763421850496
202 Cec Fifield 193050000
203 S Martin 1930-1932273009
204 George Mullins 1930-19321334017
205 Charlie Richards 1930-19406440012
206 Stan Donegan 1930540012
207 Alby Black 1930-193124110033
208 Mal Fallon 1930-193453932091
209 John Alleyne 1930-19311294035
210 G Algie 193041003
211 Lionel Matchett 193010000
212 Stan Simpson 1930-19342032013
213 S Hellyer 1930-193130000
214 George Beaman 1931440012
215 James McMenamin 1931133009
216 Arthur Toby 1931-1933413009
217 S Lever 193110000
218 Arthur Roberts 1931-1934281003
219 Harold Matthews 1931-1934243009
220 Horrie Balkwell 1931-1932130000
221 Dan Little 1931-19381870021
222 J O'Dowd 1931-19331980024
223 E Fulham 1931-1932172006
224 J Stapleton 193181207
225 J Ricketts 193110000
226 C De Valle 193240000
227 T Cox 1932-193462006
228 Ben Weber 193220000
229 L Hanratty 193210000
230 Billy Johnson 1932-194110616690186
231 R Serio 193230000
232 Michael Pace 1932-19354150015
233 Edmund Beaver 1932-19376040012
234 Harry Lapham 193210000
235 Charlie Morris 193252006
236 D Simpson 193361003
237 Lex Small 193351003
238 Les Trussler 193360000
239 Bill Williams 1933-19353160018
240 F Parker 193351003
241 Joe Sharp 193330000
242 Bill Ballard 1933-1937313009
243 Sid Goodwin 1933-19421188620262
244 Len Rue 1933-1934113009
245 Tom Grahame 1934-19362990027
246 J Tattersall 1934110000
247 G Thompson 1934-193662006
248 J Dorman 193410000
249 M Murden 193410000
250 Pat Barry 1934-1935122006
251 Jack Pidcock 1934-19381340012
252 Francis Horth 193423009
253 Joe Busch 1935-19361990027
254 Stephen Cooper 193581003
255 Jack Redman 1935-1940774100123
256 Gordon Sykes 1935-1938132006
257 Herbert Woodbry 1935120204
258 Norm Cox 1935-1936181003
259 Bill Alexander 1935-1937252006
260 Gus Reeves 1935-19361380024
261 H Wright 1935-193732006
262 Ernie Latta 193520000
263 Frank Griffiths 1935-19415680024
264 Harry Southcombe 193520000
265 Jack Patterson 1935-193620000
266 Maurice Fitzgerald 193631003
267 Dave Manning 1936-1939521003
268 Frank Johnston 1936-194041440092
269 Roy Palmer 1936121003
270 Dave Colless 193663009
271 Eddie Lockhart 1936-193770000
272 Billy Bischoff Sr. 1937-1940363009
273 Stan Cowie 193740000
274 Jack Gorman 1937-19381340012
275 Arthur Patton 1937-19481179590303
276 Greg Toner 193731105
277 Jack Caplice 193752006
278 Joe Acheson 193730000
279 Frank Gilmore 193710000
280 Frank Hyde 1938-194138162052
281 Charles McKay 193870000
282 Jim Quealey 1938-19455813460131
283 Jack Winchester 1938-194458150045
284 L Knight 193810000
285 Darcy Kearney 1938-19401860018
286 Dawson Buckley 1938-1947113203066
287 Cliff McDonald 1938451017
288 George Watt 1938-19447392031
289 George Barr 193830000
290 William Brown 1938-193920000
291 M Chin 193810000
292 Hec Day 1939-194338421054
293 Jack McVicar 1939102006
294 Athol Smith 1939-194592290087
295 Tom Bourke 1939-194814747760293
296 Colin Fitzpatrick 194050000
297 T Rowe 194010000
298 John Rees 1940-1941112006
299 A Bowery 1940-19412140012
300 Jack Hampstead 1940-1950112301092
301 Frank McNally 194010000
302 H Wasson 194010000
303 Henry Box 1941-19464540012
304 Johnny Brown 1941-194350000
305 C Foster 194151003
306 Frank Schultz 1941-194340000
307 J Kinnard 1941-1942100000
308 Frank Tuffy 194170000
309 George Wise 1941-194230000
310 Doug Dobson 1941-1942100204
311 K Murphy 1941-1945173009
312 Fred de Belin 1942-195075131041
313 Ralph Ross 194250000
314 Frank Driese 1942-19443014400122
315 Oliver Duckworth 194210000
316 A Johnson 194210003
317 Ray Miranda 194210000
318 Des Stapleton 1942-19471734017
319 Johnny Bliss 1942-194314100030
320 Joe Leo 194230000
321 Jack Spencer 1942-1951149262082
322 George Endycott 1942-1943705010
323 E.W. Bennett 1943120102
324 Merv Denton 19431258031
325 T Freney 1943-1945171003
326 Jack Danzey Sr. 1943-1944111003
327 Sid Ryan 1943–195110450015
328 Charlie Millar 1943-194616013128
329 Alf Hall 194340204
330 Bob Patterson 1943-194819150045
331 Stan Ponchard 1943-195310646130164
332 J Hayes 194410000
333 Dave Parkinson 1944-19485371023
334 Cecil Jorgenson 1944-195395223340734
335 Keith Parkinson 1944-194839231071
336 Colin Campbell 1944-1946100000
337 Pat Devery 1944-19473825590193
338 Harry Leo 1945-194917100030
339 Ted McGovern 1945-194770000
340 G Stokes 194510000
341 Jack Metcalf 1945-1946211003
342 Hilton Kidd 1945-1948272006
343 Lionel Quigley 194540000
344 Mitchell Wallace 1945-19481350015
345 D Thomas 194530000
346 Bob Nielson 1945-19461371023
347 Ted Dawes 1945-195161003
348 Harry Bath 1946-194730110033
349 Herb Gilbert Jr. 1946-1948450204
350 K Burton 194611003
351 George Williams 1946-19514820106
352 W.D. Kelly 1946-1950706012
353 Jack McCullough 1946-1950340408
354 Bob Lulham 1947-19538585450345
355 Jack Russell 1947120000
356 Bruce Smith 194750000
357 V McLennan 194750000
358 Ted Kealy 1947340012
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Balmain Tigers District Junior Rugby League

The Balmain Tigers District Junior Rugby League is one of the oldest Junior Rugby League Competitions in Australia. It administers an affiliation of junior rugby league clubs in the inner west and inner north-west of Sydney.

The league caters for age groups from under 6's to A Grade (opens). The Senior competition (Under 13's – A Grade) is a combined inner Sydney competition with the St. George, South Sydney & Eastern Suburbs District Junior Rugby League. Under 6's to Under 8's is a non-competitive competition. Under 9's to Under 12's play in a modified competition.

As of 2009, there were ten clubs in the Balmain Tigers Junior Rugby League, with over 120 teams. These clubs are;

Some extinct clubs that once played in the Balmain District junior competition include;

Some notable Balmain juniors include;

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