Roosters end Tigers SG Ball season
Apr 19, 2017 | By Tigers
The Balmain Tigers SG Ball season has ended with a qualifying final loss to the Sydney Roosters.
By Chris Karas, The Weekly Times. Photo: Peter Kenny, Boronia Park Framing.
Time don’t wait for leading Balmain junior representative coach Michael Frain after his S.G Ball cubs bowed out of the NSWRL U/18 Junior Cup championship race last weekend.
Just days after the Tigers were humbled 34-12 by Sydney Roosters in a qualifying final at Belmore Sports Ground, the dedicated Frain will turn his hand to coaching the Ryde Eastwood Hawks U/19s in the Sydney Combined Junior League Division 1 competition that kicks off this Sunday.
While Frain is confident of a strong showing from his talented Hawks outfit in 2017, he couldn’t hide his disappointment with the Tigers’ exit from the S.G Ball finals series.
“We showed no respect for the football in a poor first half performance and paid the penalty,” Frain revealed.
“Our boys had so much to offer but couldn’t produce the goods in the key moments,” he lamented.
Balmain trailed the Roosters 22-0 at the half time interval after back rower Jake Kambos, winger Tyrell Neiufi, centre Ethan O’Neill and prop Miller Leilua crossed for tries with goal-kicking hooker Sheldon Rogers adding the extras.
The Tigers hit back with second half tries by forwards Henry Lealuga-Puhotau and Will Lawson before centre Shannon Gardiner gave the Roosters a 28-8 lead when he scored soon after.
Promising utility Curtis Wilson nabbed the Tigers’ third try but there was no stopping the Roosters when prop Peter Betham sealed victory after bursting through to grab his team’s sixth try.
The Players’ Player award, thanks to Castelmola, went to skipper Bennett Wheelhouse.
Sydney Roosters 34 (Jake Kambos, Tyrell Neiufi, Ethan O’Neill, Miller Leilua, Shannon Gardiner, Peter Betham tries; Sheldon Rogers 4, Bayleigh Bentley-Hape goals) def Balmain Tigers 12 (Henry Lealuga-Puhotau, Will Lawson, Curtis Wilson tries).