2 days ago
On hand to relive some fond memories was Paul Sironen, one of the clubs heroes from the 80?s decade, along with Darren Senter and, exciting young player, Dene Halatau.
?It?s funny to think I wore this jersey nearly 20 years ago?, said Sironen
?Seeing the team run out in it this weekend will bring back a lot of memories?.
In 1986 Sironen wore the famous jersey and went on to win Dally M Rookie of the Year and NSW Rugby League Writers Discovery of the Year.
In the same year Dene Halatau was just 3 years of age, and whilst he may not have played in the 80?s Dene has grown up playing in the Balmain Junior League and knows the pride and history behind the black and gold jersey.
?I?m looking forward to running out onto Leichhardt Oval in the black and gold jersey, I?ve seen loads of games from the 80?s and know the passion and pride the team had back then, to be part of the celebration this Sunday is a great honour?, said Halatau.
Darren Senter is one of the few remaining Wests Tigers players who played for the Balmain Tigers before the joint venture was formed in 2000 and knows what?s it?s like to play at Leichhardt Oval for the pride of Balmain.
?The spirit of the Balmain Tigers amongst the fans has always been strong and it?s great to see that is now part of the culture of Wests Tigers, to wear the old jersey will be a great step back in time for everyone involved?, said Senter.
?I think it also fitting that we will be wearing the jersey against South?s in what has become a local derby between the two foundation clubs?.
Not forgetting the Wests Magpies, Wests Tigers will wear the 1980?s style Magpies jersey against the Cowboys in Rd 25.