What angered the Tigers, was the fact that the new jersey of the GWS team just so happened to choose the exact same colours in white, charcoal and gold, which is very similar to the Tigers and Balmain jerseys of the past.
The Tigers team have used the black and gold jersey for 100 years.
The response from GWS was that their jerseys are orange and charcoal, with new recruit and former League player Israel Folau praising the jersey, though there’s no doubt of the resemblance with the Tigers jerseys.
“It’s not a surprise, it was something we were anticipating,” Wests Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys said. “We thought they would be colours they [GWS] could call their own from an AFL point of view. No one has orange in their code.
“We’re already in the west and have a strong profile.
“I guess they have piggy-backed on us to some extent, not that they would admit that.
“But it’s pretty convenient.”
One of the greatest players to have ever laced up his boots for Balmain, Steve “Blocker” Roach, reminded people that their choice of playing strip wouldn’t transcend into immediate results.
“Good for them,” said Roach, who played 185 games for Balmain. “I don’t think it will make much of a difference. Generations of supporters have followed our game in Sydney’s west. I don’t think their colours will make much of a difference.”
Asked about his club’s playing strip, Folau said: “I absolutely love it. I think it looks great. I’m so excited and cannot wait to get out there and wear it.”