TWO MORE INDUCTEES INTO BALMAIN HALL OF FAME
By Wayne Cousins
30/06/2011 9:35:47 PM
The inaugural Tigers Ball held at Sydney Hilton tonight has seen Leo Nosworthy and Mark O’Neill inducted into the Balmain Tigers Hall of Fame.
Induction into the Hall of Fame is the Balmain Tigers highest individual playing honours. More than 400 people attended the Tigers Ball where past and present players joined officials, sponsors and supporters for a gala evening.
Nosworthy played in Balmain’s 1948 grand final team and later coached Balmain to the 1969 premiership in his first season as first grade coach.
O’Neill played 223 premiership matches from 1994-2005 for Balmain Tigers and Wests Tigers. He was a member of the 2005 premiership winning Wests Tigers team.
“All I ever wanted to do growing up was to play for Balmain Tigers,” O’Neill said.
“This is a tremendous honour.”
Balmain Tigers Chairman David Trodden said both exemplify the spirit of the Tigers.
“Their names are synonymous with qualities of sportsmanship, courage, integrity and skill which are deeply ingrained within the spirit of the Club,’’ Trodden said.
Junior Football: Balmain Shamrocks
Premiership Career 1948-52: Played 64. Tries 27, Points 81
Coached Balmain to the 1969 premiership in his first season as first grade coach.
Coached Balmain 1969-73
Played in Balmain’s 1948 grand final team
Junior Football: North Ryde/St Patrick’s Dundas
Clubs: Balmain, Wests Tigers
Position: Second Row
Premiership Career 1994-2005: Played 223, Tries 21, Points 84
Balmain 1994-99: Played 102, Tries 10, Points 40
Wests Tigers 2000-05: Played 121, Tries 11, Points 44.
Played in Wests Tigers’ grand final-winning team of 2005
Captained Wests Tigers in 19 games 2002-05
Represented City, NSW and Australian Under-19s 1994
Balmain Tigers Hall of Fame Inductees
Fred De Belin
John Spencer Jnr
Jack Spencer Jnr