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Balmain SC

Balmain SC
Full name Balmain Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Tigers
Founded 1987
Ground Wentworth Park
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Terry Wilkinson
Coach Joe Di Giulio
League NSW State League Division One
2012 5th
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Balmain Soccer Club also known as Balmain SC or Balmain FC is a semi-professional soccer club, based in the Inner West suburb of Balmain in Sydney. They played at the historic Birchgrove Oval, just west of Balmain, which is known to some as the home of Rugby League, when the Balmain Tigers Rugby League team had their home ground their at the beginning of the 20th century. They now play their home games at Wentworth Park, having recently moved from Lambert Park, but continue to train at Birchgrove Oval. After several years of playing in the NSW State League Division Two, they gained promotion at the end of the 2008 season to Division One after a hard fought match against Camden, winning on penalties. In 2012 they made the finals series in Division one for the first time in the clubs history

History

In 1987 Roy Lawrence, an English worker living in Sydney, formed a six-a-side football competition, inviting all Englishmen living in Australia to play in the competition. After there was lots of interest, and dozens of players, he formed the Balmain Tigers Soccer Club, and entered it into the Canterbury District Premier League. The first season in the CDSFA was a huge success, finishing runners up and reaching the grand final. This early success led them to being promoted into the NSW Soccer Federation Division Seven in 1989. The next season, their winnings continued and they finished Runners up and grand finalists again in their first season in Div 7. Ultimately they were promoted, and continued to be promoted yearly all the way up into Division 5. In 1991, they moved home grounds, from Birchgrove to Lambert Park Leichhardt, where they won Division Four, winning all but 2 games.

Soon after in 1995 Roy Lawrence retired as coach, manager, secretary, and as a result in 1996 they move back to Birchgrove Oval, and reformed under new coach Bruce Allen.

In 1997 Roy Lawrence came out of retirement to help with the coaching, and took up role of Assistant coach to Bruce Allen. In 1998, on the 10 year Anniversary, 2 brand new coaches were appointed, Tony Dunn from Concord SC, and former Balmain SC player Jimmy Campbell, who takes Balmain into Division 3, after winning the 1998 Grand final.

The 2000 season saw Balmain reach the Grand final yet again, and move up into Division two, showing what a remarkable history Balmain has had, going from the lowest division to division two, inside of a decade.

In 2002 the club faced financial difficulties, saw their name changed to Birchgrove United, and slipped from 2nd Division to 4th Division. However in 2003 Division 4 dissolved, and they reunited in Division 3, once again as Balmain SC.

A Year later, Balmain would finish runners up in division 3, seeing the once again gain promotion into Division Two, where they would remain until 2008, where they beat Camden FC on Penalty shootout in the Grand Final, earning them into the First Division for the first time.

After a number of mid table finishes in the first division the 2012 squad secured 5th spot in the league, enabling Balmain to participate in the division one final's series for the first time where they progressed to the qualifying final.

The end of 2012 season heralded a significant shift behind the scenes with under 20’s coach Joe Di Guilio being promoted to 1st grade manager and Alex Kaltenegger, arguably Balmain’s most successful coach, stepping down after 6 years in charge. The Tiger’s most famous player, ex NSL star Johnny Buonavoglia, also left the club along with a number of first grade players meaning Balmain head into the 2013 with a new look playing group and a new home in the form of Wentworth Park

Club Colours

Balmain sporting teams traditionally take the colours of Orange and black, from the nickname the Tigers. Almost every sporting team that represents Balmain is called the Tigers, and hence their colours being Orange and Black. Most Balmain Junior Football Club teams are Orange and black, however in 2005, Balmain SC changed the Orange to gold, but are still nicknamed the Tigers.

Stadium & Sponsors

Balmain SC have used a number of home grounds in their history, most recently Hensley Athletic Field, Birchgrove Oval and Lambert Park where they ground shared with APIA Leichhardt Tigers. In 2013 has a new home in the form of Wentworth Park.

Many of the surrounding local businesses have sponsored the club on their rise through the divisions but for the 2013 season the major sponsor is Thorn Group Ltd.

Current Playing Squad

1st Grade squad as of Jan 2013 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Chris Leontios
2 England DF Tom Hyde
3 England DF Stuart Bauld
4 France DF Markeins Pierre
5 Australia DF Leo Di Giulio
6 Australia DF Michael Outeirinho
7 United States MF Gavin Wenyon
8 Australia MF James Kiosidis
9 England FW Julian Bracewell
10 Australia FW Yianni Kritikos
11 Australia MF Will Donato
No. Position Player
12 Australia DF Michael Dimitropoulos
14 Australia DF Sam Falanga
15 Australia MF Mark Nkruma
16 Argentina MF Gonzalo Godoy
17 Australia MF Liam Cole
18 Australia MF Patrick Vitocco
19 England MF Liam Roche
20 Australia MF Andrew Casali
21 Australia GK Thomas Kanu
22 Australia FW Joel Cook

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