Balmain v Raiders ‘89 grand final

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Balmain v Raiders ‘89 grand final

Post by tigerap » Wed 15 Aug, 2018 11:15 pm

Voted the greatest ever,!...

Remember watching this game and the heartbreak of the loss...seems like only yesterday....

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/balmai ... 4zxmr.html


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Post by Cairnstigers » Wed 15 Aug, 2018 11:18 pm

Warren Ryan's fault

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Post by happy tiger » Wed 15 Aug, 2018 11:23 pm

tigerap wrote:
Wed 15 Aug, 2018 11:15 pm
Voted the greatest ever,!...

Remember watching this game and the heartbreak of the loss...seems like only yesterday....

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/balmai ... 4zxmr.html
Can speak with impartiality having watched both the 2015 GF and 1989 GF and I reckon 2015 just pips it

Just my opinion though

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Post by LeichhardtTiger » Wed 15 Aug, 2018 11:29 pm

1989 We had a GF Party at our home in Leichhardt and were set to head to the Balmain LC to celebrate when l said to my wife - "I've just won $100" - 60 secs later Ferguson scores. After the extra time disaster, my wife asks "Does that mean you've lost $100?" We didn't go to the BLC after all.
There are two kinds of people in the world - those that live in Balmain and those that wished they did.

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Post by innsaneink » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 5:57 am

Cairnstigers wrote:
Wed 15 Aug, 2018 11:18 pm
Warren Ryan's fault
Balmain play the clock=fatal


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Post by jadtiger » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 7:34 am

Very sad memory,was sitting at half way on the eastern side with 5-6 mates(all tigers).Was absolutely shattered after the loss.Even now i clearly remember Harrigan inventing a rule to give the raiders a shot at goal to keep the game close.

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Post by TCL » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 7:48 am

Bad day.

Had a BBQ, we dragged the big old TV out to watch the game in the back yard. Us and the house dressed up in our colours.

Great day, horrible result. Got smashed, fell asleep in the deck chair, took a couple of days off work to get over it.

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Post by supercoach » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 7:49 am

Harrigan cost us the game when he pinged Bruce McGuire, the call should have gone the other way. Mick Neill’s Stumble, Juniors dropped ball and Benny’s field goal were other factors. It was a funny game in the sense, the Raiders played better in the 1st half yet we were well in front on the score board and we outplayed them in the second half but they out scored us.
it’s a cruel game

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 7:52 am

I only mentioned this in another thread the other day. Having only just watched this game, I think the biggest thing that cost them was a set with 5 minutes left in the last period of ET. Jack got an offload to Pearce off a kick return who then put Brasher up over halfway on the first tackle. They then preceded to go round in circles for the next 4 tackles before losing it. Nobody to blame but themselves.

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Post by Mac » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 8:46 am

I was at the game and must have been pretty naïve but I couldn't work out how quickly the Raiders had all those Championship T-Shirts made! It seemed they had them printed within minutes!!

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Post by Tigerdave » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 9:13 am

On the one hand, that's nice, on the other...........I wish I could swear

Can't watch a replay of that, not even snippets, so many little things, small moments that could have gone Balmain's way, it's like we weren't destined to win it.

Mal's finger tip tripping Mick Neil that would have sealed it, Benny's field goal scratching the paint, Junior spilling the ball on his bad side that would have led to a try. I'm sure someone smashed a mirror over a black cat as they were walking under a ladder into half time.

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Post by mctiger » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 9:15 am

I was there and have to say that it wasn't that good......

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Post by yeti » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 10:20 am

I was in England at the time so wasn't heavily emotionally invested in the result. Couldn't believe the result though.
So many 'what ifs'.
Sometimes fate just 'does it's thing'.
Sad day for the Tigers faithful.
A lot of Balmain boys cried that day I reckon.

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Post by NT Tiger » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 10:25 am

I watched it in a room full of Raiders and Bulldog supporters just down the road from the Queanbeyan Leagues club. Enough said.
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Post by tiger05premier » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 10:28 am

I was 16yo and sitting in sw corner i think

Balmain did score at the southern end didn't they?

Anyway i was shattered by the result

Probably never watch a replay although i have seen a replay of meninga ankle tap neil

So close but so far away

Actually i just remembered that's where i sat for 88 grand final

Pretty sure we were on the 20m line for 89 grand final but still same side of ground

My cousin noticed John Stevens is it from Noiseworks sitting near and fot her photo with him

He was a Balmain supporter too

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Post by TopTiger » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 11:00 am

supercoach wrote:
Thu 16 Aug, 2018 7:49 am
Harrigan cost us the game when he pinged Bruce McGuire, the call should have gone the other way. Mick Neill’s Stumble, Juniors dropped ball and Benny’s field goal were other factors. It was a funny game in the sense, the Raiders played better in the 1st half yet we were well in front on the score board and we outplayed them in the second half but they out scored us.
it’s a cruel game
So many turning factors but the Bruce McGuire penalty takes the cake as the penalty was for not being in the spirit of the game (or something similar) as he was shepherding behind a Canberra player who was trying to get back on side. That was Junior's recollection when he commented on the 89 grand final a couple of years ago as he queried Harrigan at the time given he couldn't se anything wrong with what McGuire did. Junior believed that was the only time Harrigan ever gave a penalty for that type of offence and what a time to give it!!

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Post by jirskyr » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 4:47 pm

TopTiger wrote:
Thu 16 Aug, 2018 11:00 am
supercoach wrote:
Thu 16 Aug, 2018 7:49 am
Harrigan cost us the game when he pinged Bruce McGuire, the call should have gone the other way. Mick Neill’s Stumble, Juniors dropped ball and Benny’s field goal were other factors. It was a funny game in the sense, the Raiders played better in the 1st half yet we were well in front on the score board and we outplayed them in the second half but they out scored us.
it’s a cruel game
So many turning factors but the Bruce McGuire penalty takes the cake as the penalty was for not being in the spirit of the game (or something similar) as he was shepherding behind a Canberra player who was trying to get back on side. That was Junior's recollection when he commented on the 89 grand final a couple of years ago as he queried Harrigan at the time given he couldn't se anything wrong with what McGuire did. Junior believed that was the only time Harrigan ever gave a penalty for that type of offence and what a time to give it!!
I believe the rule is legit - that shepherding includes using out-of-play opponents, as it is with using your own team-mates. However don't think I've seen that interpretation applied in any game of football since.

We in fact had one a couple of weeks ago, where Andrew McCullough put his arm against an offside player and used him as a barrier, and my mind went straight back to 1989. Robbie Farah does it every other week, ducking in and around retreating defenders. Modern refs put all the burden there on the defenders not the attackers.

Worst game of my life that GF 1989 - I couldn't watch the end and I have never watched it all the way through. I was only 9 years old.

Does anyone find it ironic that a dodgy bomb cost us the lead in 1989 with 90 seconds remaining, also knocking us out in 2011 against the Warriors with about the same time left.

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Post by Fade To Black » Thu 16 Aug, 2018 6:08 pm

Mac wrote:
Thu 16 Aug, 2018 8:46 am
I was at the game and must have been pretty naïve but I couldn't work out how quickly the Raiders had all those Championship T-Shirts made! It seemed they had them printed within minutes!!
Harrigan told the Raiders management at halftime to get them printed up ASAP and he would ensure the rest. Cheating dog, he was on the Raiders that arvo for sure.
Shed a tear that day as a young fella. Junior, Block, Sirro, Benny, Whiz and Garry Jack deserved to run a lap of honour on GF day. Champion footballers all of those blokes.

At least got to have a chuckle a few days later when Canberra held their victory parade: Mal and his black n white striped shorts he looked like a cabana boy from a seedy 70's blue movie. Lumbering dopey imbecile he is.

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