Balmain and Western Suburbs played four Junior Development games against each other on Wednesday at Concord Oval, with Balmain winning all four grades.
All four games were played in great spirits in front of a good crowd at Concord Oval, with plenty of young talent on show across all four age groups.
Wests Tigers NRL Coach Jason Taylor and Assistant Coach Rod "Rocket" Reddy were on hand to support the day, as well as former players Liam Fulton and John Skandalis, with all speaking about the significance of days like this to ensure Wests Tigers continue to remain at the forefront of junior development in the Inner and South West of Sydney.
See the full summary of all four games, as well as the best photos from the day, below.
U/13's — Balmain Tigers 28 def. Western Suburbs Magpies 4
Balmain kicked off the day in impressive fashion, leading 20-0 at half-time, before posting two further second half tries to ensure a commanding 28-4 victory over the Magpies.
U/14's — Balmain Tigers 16 def. Western Suburbs Magpies 12
The U/14's match looked destined to follow a similar script to the one played before it as Balmain raced to a 16-0 lead at half-time. However, a spirited comeback from Western Suburbs reduced the margin to 16-12, and a 40/20 in the final minute looked like a draw may have been on the cards, before the full-time siren sounded to ensure a Tigers victory.
U/15's — Balmain Tigers 24 def. Western Suburbs Magpies 16
Again, Balmain used a strong first half performance to take a 12-4 lead into the break, and quickly extended that to 20-4 shortly after half-time. Western Suburbs struck back to reduce the margin to 20-16, before a late try ensured a 24-16 win for the Tigers.
U/17's — Balmain Tigers 28 def. Western Suburbs Magpies 12
Wests struck first in the final match of the day to take a 4-0 lead, before Balmain hit back to lead 12-4 mid-way through the first half. The two teams then exchanged tries in the space of two minutes to head into half-time at 16-8, before Balmain continued their domination of the day with a controlled second half to walk away 28-12 winners.