A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers is proud to announce that the Balmain Financial Group has generously contributed to enhance the historic event, being the upgraded $3.5 million State Government, club funded and private benefactors’ upgrade of Australia’s most famous football ground, Lambert Park Stadium.
The much anticipated and long awaited Grand Opening of this majestic facility will take place on Saturday 22 March 2014 at 6pm, with the Official Opening being conducted by the Premier of NSW, the Hon Barry O’Farrell MP.
To commemorate this prestigious Event and Opening, the Balmain Financial Group has kindly assisted the club in their mega promotion by having an inaugural Balmain Commercial Cup being the A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers vs. Marconi Stallions Challenge Match.
Club President Tony Raciti said, “We are truly humbled and priviledged by having the Balmain Financial Group, a company whose credibility and status is recognised throughout NSW and Australia by sponsoring this inaugural cup match.
“The Balmain Financial Group will be contributing a generous $5K to the winner of Round 2, of the IGA FNSW National League Football Clash, as well as $1K to the Man of the Match.
“If the match finishes in a draw, then the winner will be resolved in the Second Round away clash at Marconi Stadium between two of Australia’s most famous clubs.
“This is a significant amount of money for one game and reflects the club’s importance, history, tradition, heritage, culture and the wide spread community benefits in providing a magnificent sporting environment for young Australians.
“The Grand Opening of the Complex will not just be about attending a much loved Derby football match between APIA and Marconi, but it will be an event that will be spoken about for years to come.
“The club for this major event has an array of spectacular entertainment and activities to make it the biggest night in the club’s illustrious history.”
From the Balmain Financial Group, Director Terry Leckie said that his company had 10 year consecutive involvement in football from the former NSL days into the A League, Premier League level and grass roots level.
Leckie too was delighted with the up and coming event.
“What better way to participate by reviving the history and rivalry of these two iconic Australian clubs.
“This event is a further opportunity of allowing us to continue to put something back into football at Premier League level and recognising and understanding the importance of involving our brand with first class facilities and exhilarating entertainment, which is enhanced by the stadium’s opening.
“As the Balmain Group grew from beginnings in Balmain, we are pleased to have a role in continuing the rivalry of these two iconic football clubs, created some 60 years ago.
“It will be a nostalgic homecoming for both the APIA and Marconi clubs and for us at Balmain and for us at the Balmain Group in providing a trophy and prize money to spice up the match for this memorable event.”