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Brotherhood strong at Westlawn

April 27th, 2021

The champion Westlawn club are well used to having targets on their backs – and the juggernauts of the north will be an even bigger beast in 2021.
They will have five senior men’s teams – a brace in 2nd Division and a troika in 3rd.
The flotilla will include the rump of the crew who last season stormed their way to emphatic grand final victories in the 2nd and 3rd division North competitions.
Inevitably there will be change – and headlining that is Balla Traore, who boasts an impeccably credentialed football surname, and will take the clipboard in the top tier.
Balla will oversee the 2nd Division squads – Westlawn Tigers and Jaguars – and is as interested as any to see how the season pans out.
“We’ve probably got around 75 per cent of the players who won the titles – with a few heading off to uni, leaving town or semi-retired,” Balla said.
“This year we’ve left it to the players to decide which team they want to be with which will hopefully build chemistry.”
Westlawn’s additional third team in the lower division is an interesting work in progress.
“They are basically players who were with the club through the junior development stage but went off to play rugby league, I think, and are returning to our game,” Balla said.
2021 will be Balla’s debut at coaching at the top level – and he’s well looking forward to the challenge of bringing out the best in the Tigers and Jaguars.
Image: Westlawn Tigers swept past Maclean in the 2020 men’s 3rd Division North grand final.

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