with Chris Karas
Hodgson new Tigers skipper
Brett Hodgson (pictured) will lead the Wests Tigers rugby league team
in their defence of the NRL premiership in 2006.
points-scoring ace realised a childhood dream when appointed first grade
skipper this week in the build up to Friday nights premiership pipe
opener against St George-Illawarra at Telstra Stadium.
He replaces 2005
Clive Churchill Medal winner and premiership-winning captain Scott Prince
who is bound for the fledgling Gold Coast Titans next season.
Prince, who wore
the Kangaroos number 7 jumper on last years Tri Nations tour, ended
months of speculation last week when he agreed to sign a four year contract
with the Titans.
The star half back
also relinquished the Tigers captaincy thus prompting coach Tim
Sheens to name a new leader for the 2006 campaign.
Hodgson is an inspirational
choice as first grade skipper after his outstanding deeds and courageous
performances for the Tigers last year.
fullback, who has represented City and NSW, capped a memorable season
- notching a record 308 points; being named Dally M Fullback of the Year
and Leading Points Scorer and helping the Tigers clinch an historic premiership.
The classy custodian
also eclipsed Darren Lockyers record for most points in a season
by a fullback and his own record for most points in a match by a Wests
After a disruptive
pre-season the Tigers are ready for the premiership proper this weekend
and hoping to turn the clock back six months when they toppled the Dragons
in a Grand Final qualifier at Aussie Stadium.
The return of Benji
Marshall at five eighth will boost their cause along with new recruits
Ryan OHara, Sam Harris, Keith Galloway and New Zealand international
back Jamaal Lolesi who give the Tigers added depth.
OHara, a former
NSW State of Origin prop, has impressed in trials and will bolster a forward
pack that includes John Skandalis, Todd Payten, Ben Galea, Anthony Laffranchi,
Chris Heighnington, Dene Halatau, Liam Fulton, Bryce Gibbs, Bronson Harrison
and skilful hooker Robbie Farah.
There is no shortage of class out wide with the elusive Hodgson, Lolesi and Daniel Fitzhenry complemented by experienced centres Paul Whatuira and Shane Elford and boom cubs Shannon McDonnell and Dean Collis.
Life Membership for Tigers greats
TIGERS legends Fred
de Belin and Bobby Mara (pictured) were bestowed with life membership
at last Sundays Balmain District Football Club AGM at Balmain Leagues
It was a fitting
honor for two of Balmains greatest players who carved out illustrious
careers in the Sydney first grade competition.
The late Fred de
Belins son Fred junior and Bobbys son Garry accepted the life
membership pins on behalf of their dads.
He played in the
Tigers Grand Final sides in 1964 and 1966 before linking with the
Penrith club for the 1968-69 seasons where he teamed up with ex-Tigers
Laurie Fagan, Bobby Boland, Ron Clothier and George Piper.
Mara starred with
the powerful Glebe Police Boys Club in Balmain Junior League before he
was graded in 1958 in the Tigers second grade squad that went on to win
the premiership - defeating a strong St George team 20-10 in the Grand
Final that boasted a young Reg Gasnier.
Bobby was a member
of the 1966 Balmain outfit that created history after beating the touring
Great Britain team 9-8 at the SCG to become the first club side to achieve
He also starred
in the Tigers 1967 team that toppled Manly in the final of the Wills
Cup pre-season competition. Bobs final game for Balmain was a memoral
affair - he played fullback in the reserve grade team that defeated a
powerful South Sydney 11-7 in the final.
Mara played 26 games
with the Panthers scoring 12 tries and a field goal before retiring.
Who can forget that
field goal in 1968 that helped Penrith sink the Tigers 18-17 at Penrith
Bob later joined
the coaching ranks and guided the Pyrmont Colts B Grade side to a 1972
BJL premiership before assisting Jim Thomson with the Balmain Jersey Flegg
sides of the late 1970s and early 80s.
It was during this
golden era that the Tigers unearthed future champions in Wayne Pearce,
Benny Elias, Steve Roach and Paul Sironen and the likes of Paul Morris,
Garry Mara and Kevin Hardwick. Today Bob still resides in Leichhardt and
follows his beloved Tigers - from juniors to seniors - with a passion.
FRED de BELIN -
a Balmain and Kangaroo great - sadly passed away last month.
A Balmain Police
Boys junior, De Belin made his first grade debut in 1942 before joining
the RAAF and serving during the Second World War. In the services he won
representative selection in the forces rugby union sides before
resuming his league career with the Tigers in 1946.
with Balmain was mutually beneficial, as he helped the club to Sydney
premiership success in both 1946 and 1947. A NSW amateur wrestling champion,
De Belins great strength and fitness were allied with the skill
and mobility making him a damaging and dangerous forward.
He made his interstate
debut in 1948 and won his first Australian jersey the same year for the
Second Test against New Zealand, playing a big part in Australias
narrow victory that levelled the series.
A member of the
first Kangaroo side to tour Great Britain and France after World War 2,
De Belin made three Test appearances on tour and also won selection for
the 1949 tour of New Zealand.
He made the last
of his eight Test appearances against Great Britain in 1950 when Australia
reclaimed the Ashes on home soil for the first time in 30 years.
At the end of that 1950 season he shifted to Junee where he continued to work tirelessly to foster rugby league.
Fred de Belin
Teak-tough Troy leads Tigers to Ball triumph
BALMAIN junior representative
rugby league teams produced lion-hearted performances to sink Illawarra
in the Harold Matthews and S.G Ball Cup series last Saturday at WIN Stadium.
The Tiger cubs earned
the respect of the Wollongong throng when they registered important second
round victories over the highly fancied Steelers in both the U/16 and
U/18 Junior Cup competitions.
S.G Ball cubs remain undefeated after thumping Illawarra 30-4 in the main
game to move to the top of the table on 4 points.
After a lacklustre
first half display, the Tigers came out roaring with skipper and fearless
forward Troy Adams turning in a crackerjack game - with his powerful running
and ferocious defence a feature.
Adams, a strapping
young forward from the Holy Cross Rhinos, led by example as the injury-ravaged
Tigers extended their 16-4 half time lead with slick attacking play.
It was a gutsy effort
from the cubs who lost key players through injury during the match.
Down to three replacements,
the Balmain youngsters showed raw courage and skill to repel the Steelers
and rush in six tries.
BALMAIN 30 (S Goodsir
2, D Gernhoefer, M Ryan, R Jack, C Scuglia tries; D Gernhoefer 2, M Ryan
gls) d ILLAWARRA 4 (M Walker try).
SLICK centre Tim
Bennetts showed his potential as Balmain Harold Matthews team carved out
a courageous 20-12 win over Illawarra in the early game.
It was a much improved
effort from Stuart Stantons U/16 cubs who controlled the ball and
tackled like demons to earn two precious competition points.
Bennetts and co-centre
Cameron Mitchell spearheaded the Tigers attack with their evasive
skills and dash out wide and have quickly formed a potent partnership
in the back division.
and fullback Junior Rogica all scored tries and Junior Goddard landed
a conversion to give the Tigers a 14-6 lead at the break. The Steelers
bridged the gap with a try after the interval and mounted plenty of pressure
in the second stanza with a glut of possession.
Rookie forward Aaron
Woods capped a powerful game for the Tigers when he crashed through Illawarra
defenders to seal victory with three minutes left on the clock. Hard working
forwards Matt Hyland and Richard Casali and half back Ben James also impressed
for the Tiger cubs with top games.
BALMAIN 20 (J Rogica, T Bennetts, C Mitchell, A Woods tries; J Goddard, M Bergin gls) d ILLAWARRA 12 (T Roche, J Turvey tries; N Jones 2 gls).
New Balmain CEO
TIM Camiller has
been appointed new CEO of Balmain Tigers following the resignation last
week of Danny Munk.
After nearly 12
years as Balmain Tigers CEO, Danny is leaving the Tigers in order to pursue
an opportunity with Penrith Panthers.
During his time
at the Tigers, Danny has established a reputation as an industry leader
in the registered club business.
the role of CEO with strength and purpose during what was arguably the
most difficult period in the history of the Club said Trodden.
Danny leaves Balmain Tigers in a very healthy state.
On The Hill at Leichhardt
The Footy Show is calling on Wests Tigers supporters to be at Leichhardt
Oval on Thursday night March 9 (tomorrow).
As part of a new
segment called On The Hill, the Footy Show will cross live to the historic
ground to hosts Tim Gilbert and Mario Fenech. Supporters on the hill will
be able to watch the Footy Show live on a big screen from 9.30pm.
the night include performances by the Wests Tigers Kittens cheergirls,
pass the ball competition, to a Mario Fenech look-a-like competition and
whole lot more.
Wests Tigers supporters
are asked to wear their jerseys, bring flags and banners to make it a
big, colourful night.
A sausage sizzle will be held on the night. Alcohol will not be allowed to be brought into the ground or served on the night. Inquiries 8741 3300.
Veteran Tiger on the brink
DECORATED batsman Greg Hayne (pictured) is a cricketer on a mission this Saturday when UTS-Balmain host Hawkesbury in the final preliminary round of the Sydney first grade cricket competition at Drummoyne Oval.
master blaster gets one final opportunity this season to re-write the
record books and become the most prolific first grade run-getter of all
Despite a lean trot
with the bat post Christmas, Hayne needs just 74 more runs to eclipse
the record 12,119 runs set by former Test batsman Warren Bardsley for
Glebe and Western Suburbs between 1898 and 1933.
The veteran opener
is steeling himself for a big innings against the emerging Hawkesbury
X1 in front of his home crowd and is determined to finish the 2005-06
season on a historic note.
It has been a summer
of mixed fortunes for Hayne, who recently became only the second player
in the history of Sydney first grade cricket to pass 12,000 runs in their
retained the Drummoyne Mayors Challenge Cup with a decisive first
innings win over neighbours Balmain at Waitara Oval last weekend.
(91), Matt Daykin (77) and Cameron Eve (69) all posted half centuries
to help Northern (9-314) overhaul the Tigers (214) and collect six competition
Pace warrior Craig
OShannessy (2-46 off 15 overs) and rookie spinner Manjot Singh (2-52
off 14) were the pick of a Tigers bowling attack that struggled
for penetration on a docile Waitara wicket.
District 9 dec 340 (Luke Donovan 3-59, Peter Smith 2-46, Ben Jacob 2-53,
Simon Skinner 2-55) d UTS Balmain 180 (Richard Colbran 58, Neil Maxwell
45); THIRDS: UTS Balmain 166 & 0-34 (Alex Blanchard 17no, Gordon Pritchard
16no) d Northern District 114 (Speenivasan 3-13, Pat Little 3-32, Andrew
Hoppett 2-15, Chris Campbell 2-31); FOUR-THS: UTS Balmain 339 (David Spies
88, Markum Matthews 62, Rashmin Pieris 55) d Northern District 224; FIFTHS:
Bull Vic Darchinyan retained his International Boxing Federation
flyweight championship title in California last weekend.
The TWT Club Six/Ryde
Sports Foundation Sports Star winner knocked out Diosdado Gabi from the
Philippines in the eighth round at the Chumash Casino Resort to chalk
up his 25th win from as many professional fights.
It was the undefeated
Darchinyans 20th knockout victory and seventh on the trot.
The teak-tough Gabi
went into the fight with 26 wins (18 by KO), three losses and one draw
under his belt and had never been knocked out.
Darchinyan is a finalist in the 2005-06 TWT Club Six/Ryde Sports Foundation Sports Star of the Year Award to be announced at a Gala Dinner on Thursday May 11 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.
Carrington joins Vikings clan - Touch and Go
the fairer sex that are obsessed about their
However former Balmain
hero and Ryde Eastwood touch footy icon Ron Ryan is so concerned about
his current brush with obesity that he has accepted a bet to help him
reduce his waistline.
Fed up with the
endless jibes from teammates about a possible guest appearance on TV show
The Biggest Loser, Ryan has accepted a substantial bet to
lose his gut before an agreed date.
Major betting agencies
have shown their lack of faith in the former league star by declining
to set a market. They, like many others, believe he has no chance of succeeding.
TWT has been monitoring
Ryans weight over the past few months with the Ron Ryan Eater
Meter. Rons weight gain is more alarming when compared with
that of teammate and premiership winning prop Paul Nobby
Although there is
still time remaining, Ron faces an uphill battle to reach his target weight
and claim victory.
WHO was the First
Division player overheard chatting to his wife on the phone last Monday
night pleading with her to record the TV program Home and Away for him?
Rumour has him stalking
the crew down at Palm Beach trying to gain a part as an extra on his favourite
show. He might need to wax a little before being allowed onto the popular
ARE Ross Patten
heading towards Third Division?
Well it came to
a head on Monday night when the Ross Patten team unleashed its pent up
fury at referee Graham Churchill.
What a sight it
was last Monday with the normally cocky Craig Carrington being presented
with this seasons wooden spoon after a dismal season.
is looking towards 2006-07 when Attractive Blinds merge with the disgruntled
Vikings after it was heard that Ron Keighran has had enough of the old
timers in his team.
Change is being
led by Shane Webb who feels Simmo, Jamesy and co have hindered his touch
career for long enough and will welcome the influx of new recruits as
long as the Snail Rhys Provan is not included.
SEMI FINAL DRAW
FIRST DIVISION: Holy Cross Old Boys (1) v Cactus Imaging (2) late; Putney Pirates (3) v Vikings (4) late; SECOND DIVISION: Ken Morrow (1) v Lets Get Mick (8) early; Ravens Electrical (2) v Polo Smash (7) early; Annandale Transport (3) v Ross Patten (6) early; Putney Titans (4) v Putney Pirates (5) early; THIRD DIVISION: Warriors (1) v Tiger Cubs (2) late; Forsters Painting (3) v Fosters (4) early; MIXED: Ken Morrow (1) v Page 96 (2) late; Ray White (3) v Touchdowns (4) late.
Pacific Coast Baseball
PACIFIC COAST (Round
20) A: Firsts: Macquarie University 9 Castle Hill 7; Winston Hills 17
North Ryde RSL 5; Ryde Eastwood Leagues 10 Japan/ Kuring-gai Stealers
5; Thornleigh 13 Rangers 3; Round 21: Japan/Kuring-gai Stealers 6 Castle
Winston Hills 14 Rangers 2; North Ryde RSL 6 Thornleigh 4; Macquarie University 14 Ryde Eastwood Leagues 4; Seconds: Castle Hill 11 Macquarie University 8; Greenway 7 Winston Hills 5; Japan/Kuring-gai Stealers 10 Five Dock Falcons 4; Thornleigh 9 drew Rangers 9; Round 21: Japan/Kuring-gai Stealers 15 Castle Hill 10; Winston Hills 18 Rangers 6; Thornleigh 1 drew Greenway 1; Five Dock Falcons 6 Macquarie University 4.
Webb all smiles as Balmain boys win Challenge
Legends have clinched their third consecutive Shield after toppling their
Ryde counterparts in a controversial 2006 Battle of the Gladesville Bridge
Shane Webb was asked to produce territorial proof for his team after the
Balmain boys triumphed on a fiery day of sporting challenges.
Tyrone Bowrey and
Nathan Donato were also asked to produce personal details to vouch their
elegibility to play for Balmain in the annual challenge, according to
disappointed Ryde captain Peter Clarke.
He will try
anything to win and these two imports really make the difference to the
Balmain side - without them it would be a different story he added.
Day started with
a game of indoor cricket which Balmain won 92 - 87 and followed by a game
of touch football that resulted in a 3-1 victory to the Balmain outfit.
Ryde took out the
final leg of the series with a 5-3 triumph in the pool challenge at the
Garry Owen Hotel.
A jubilant Shane Webb, who had a smile from ear to ear, had the final say: Ryde cant handle the pressure of the yearly challenge. Clarke is always shooting off his mouth, we turn up each year and get the job done - simple as that.
BALMAINS triumphant Sporting Legends team back l to r: Brent Ragen, David Mara, Travis McWhirter, Steve Webb; front Nathan Donato, Tyrone Bowrey, Shane Webb, Allan Mara.
RYDE Sporting Legends back l to r: Grant Wheelhouse, Craig Carrington, Ben Kusto, Darren Locane; front Jason Camden, David Kelly, Rhys Provan, Peter Clarke.
Tigers Legends Honoured
Balmain Tigers legends Fred De Belin and Bob Mara were honoured with Life Membership of the Balmain Tigers Rugby League Football Club at Sundays AGM.
Unfortunately Fred De Belin passed away last month and was represented by his son Fred De Belin Jr. Bob Mara was represented by his son Garry. They are pictured with Club President David Trodden, centre, and nominators l to r Director Paul Sironen, Garry Mara, Fred De Belin Jr and past president George Stone. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.
Cooking up a right treat for his family
head cook at Vimiera Village retirement complex in Eastwood, says hes
got the most wonderful and challenging job in the world.
I prepare nutritional meals for my big family, he said.
people the age of my mum and grandma, who were probably wonderful home
chefs in their day. We always relied on mum and grandma for marvellous
food (and those great bikkies and cakes after school), Tristan said.
I love working
out the menus, and ordering the food. We change the menus regularly. It
gives great delight in deciding what my happy family would
like. We listen to them, and often take-up their suggestions, and even
some of their favourite recipes, Tristan said.
I have a superb
commercial kitchen, with the space and gear to feed hundreds. The roomy
air-conditioned dining room is also the meeting place for after meals,
where most sit around and discuss the affairs of the nation, Tristan
is a product of Dr John Knight AM and Medi Aid Centre Foundation, and
is a non-profit organisation aimed at providing the local community with
high standard living.
The Assisted Living
apartments provide meals, linen (changed and laundered weekly), roomy
brand new units, plenty of lounge recreational and library use. It also
has access to the lovely village centre with its indoor heated pool, spa,
and also plenty of recreational areas, in a bushland setting.
To get a tour of Vimiera Village, call David Knight on 9868 7544, or for a virtual tour by Dr Knight (aka Dr James Wright) go to vimieravillage.com.au
Friendly village with personal care
Retirement Village at Lane Cove is unique for a variety of reasons.
Made up of 50 units,
the personal care and friendliness is easily achievable and evident.
The village comprises
studio apartments which can be bought from $40,000, or larger one-bedroom
apartments which usually sell from about $150,000.
Unlike many other
retirement villages, Caroline Chisholm is managed by a board of directors
most of whom have family members living at the village - so therefore
have the well-being of residents at heart.
No special criteria
or aged care assessment is necessary to become a resident at the village
- just the desire to live in a caring friendly environment with all the
extras you deserve.
all meals, personal care, linen and cleaning service, and of course a
vital call system with staff on duty 24 hours a day.
For further details or to arrange an inspection contact manager Margaret Watson on 9427-4441.
A proud Ken Edmonds
of Top Ryde TAB fame carries the Queens Baton across The Entrance
bridge on William Barrett Drive during the Commonwealth Games Baton relay
on January 27.
Ken of North Strathfield is Top Ryde Shopping Centres longest serving retailer with 25 years service at Top Ryde TAB and 36 years in the industry. He earned a spot in the Relay after winning a competition for TAB agents.
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