THE Kennedy’s Tours Shoalhaven Tigers are preparing for their toughest challenge at the Den this season, when they host rivals Illawarra on Saturday.
Heading into this round 13 Waratah League division two youth men’s clash, Balsar’s cubs sit in first place with a 14-1 record, two spots ahead of the third placed Hawks (10-2).
“Saturday is going to be a massive game for us, with it going a long way to determining the top two spots,” Balsar said.
“A win would reinforce in all the boys’ minds that we are a legit title threat this season.”
Despite having won four more games than their rivals, Balsar believes the league is yet to see the best out of the Hawks.
“Illawarra have been up and down all season, due to player availabilities,” he said.
“But I suspect we are going to see their A game, as they try and knock off the league leaders.”
Going into the match fresh, on the back of a week off, Balsar said his side will use the break to their advantage.
“Hopefully the rest can help us have a hot start like we did against Hills, because we can’t afford to fall behind a quality opposition like Illawarra,” he said.
“As well as that, it will be important that we limit the impact of guards Pat Lancaster and Tom Cranney – a task I know all of our guards are up to.”
Following the cubs game at 6pm, will be the division one women’s clash between the Tigers and Goulburn.
Ian Ozolins’ division one men’s side will travel to Dubbo on Saturday to play the Rams from 5pm.