With their winning streak standing at 8 games, the Goannas were ready for a stern test this week when they took on the table topping Balmain at Henson Park but couldn't quite get the job done.
After running the Tigers close in their last match the Goannas were confident going into this crucial game.
When the match got underway it was the Tigers who had the early dominance, kicking the first three goals of the game before the Goannas kicked in to gear to respond with the next four.
At quarter time the scores were level and the trend for the match was well set. The second quarter was also a see-saw affair, however the Goannas were able to take better advantage of their opportunities, and at half time lead by 10 points.
The third quarter was an arm wrestle early, but as the quarter progressed Balmain started to get the upper hand, and a few late goals saw them take an eight point lead into the last quarter.
The last term was a fast flowing and fiery affair with both teams giving their all with the game on the line.
The Goannas came hard at the Tigers but the home team was able to respond each time, and came away with a nine point win.
Matt Cahill did a fantastic shut down role and was named best on ground, while Taigen Dubbelde continued his excellent recent form.
Michael Stacey and John Maniscalco were resolute in defence, Luke Pierce was again excellent in the midfield while Jack Schwarze provided a great target and plenty of run up forward.
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