Pat Richards wants memories of 2005 to galvanise spirit of current Wests Tigers

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Pat Richards wants memories of 2005 to galvanise spirit of current Wests Tigers

Post by AmericanHistoryX » Tue 19 May, 2015 7:58 am

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Wests Tigers veteran Pat Richards expects the build-up to this Saturday's anniversary match against North Queensland, which will commemorate the club's 2005 grand final victory, to be a positive exercise for the club's battalion of rookies.

Richards, who latched on to Benji Marshall's audacious flick pass in the 35th minute of the premiership decider to score a celebrated try, conceded there were comparisons between coach Jason Taylor's so-called "Concord Kids" - because they boast the youngest roster in the NRL - and the outfit Tim Sheens guided to a shock grand final victory.

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Piece of history: Wests Tigers winger Pat Richards. Photo: Getty Images

Wests have prepared a series of events at Campbelltown to commemorate the victory but Richards, who joins Robbie Farah and Dene Halatau as the remaining members of the 2005 team, thought the possibility of the club's cubs meeting the grand final winners and learning how that side bonded to become the premiership's band of brothers could be beneficial.
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"We had a really good group of guys back then and they were starting out their careers," he said. "Guys like Benji Marshall, and they all came through together. There's some similarities to now. A lot of the [2005] team played plenty of football together [as juniors] and while it's hard to compare eras many of the [current] boys have a lot of potential and they're living up to it."

Richards said his life changed when he displayed cat-like reflexes to catch Marshall's trick pass to score a four-pointer that's been replayed on countless occasions and used in a variety of promotions to showcase the sport's excitement. "At the time you don't know what's happening," he said of the shock of the pass. "It's the way we trained and played and we expected that kind of thing from Benji because that's what he did.

"It wasn't until a few days later I realised how incredible his flick pass really was and I'm pleased to say I was part of it ... played a small part in the win.

"To be involved in such a special play and one that everyone seems to talk about it when they mention that grand final is great and the group we had, the friendships we enjoyed and still have, is amazing."

The members of the 2005 grand final squad will be afforded a lap of honour around Campbelltown Sports Stadium at half-time while there'll also be a fireworks display, a Kids Zone and a post-match function at the neighbouring Wests Campbelltown leagues club.

"We're talking about [2005] all the time at the moment and it's crazy to think it happened all those years ago," Richards said. "It'd be great to get a big crowd to not only support the team against North Queensland but to cheer the boys from '05 when they go on at half-time."

Richards, who left the Wests Tigers after the grand final triumph to play for Wigan in England's Super League competition, said he was enjoying his second stint at the club.
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Post by TrueTiger » Tue 19 May, 2015 8:18 am

Great article,thank you AHX,wouldn't it be nice if this current team played with the zest and enthusiasm of the 05 team...hopefully it is coming,they just need to hone their skills some more...

Quick question for some of you guys and gals...I have an 05 playing jumper,the black with,JFTA petrochemical services on the front and back and Wokka noodles on the sleeves...

How can I get Pat,Dene and Robbie to sign it for me,I will be at the game ??

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Post by happy tiger » Tue 19 May, 2015 9:01 am

I get so sick of the players talking about 2005

2005 should of created some much for this club and somehow we managed to screw it all up

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Post by foreveratiger » Tue 19 May, 2015 9:13 am

It's all in the past and the 2 sides battling it this weekend are missing a host of players
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Post by tsjonathan » Tue 19 May, 2015 9:14 am

Time to move on...


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Post by happy tiger » Tue 19 May, 2015 9:31 am

The 2005 squad with Sheens and the 2015 squad with Taylor are polar opposites really

The only thing we have in common is the youth coming through

Did the 2005 side even complete one set of 6 like the 2015 squad does ??

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Post by Tigermama » Tue 19 May, 2015 9:36 am

happy tiger wrote:The 2005 squad with Sheens and the 2015 squad with Taylor are polar opposites really

The only thing we have in common is the youth coming through

Did the 2005 side even complete one set of 6 like the 2015 squad does ??

Can't remember... :lol:

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Post by happy tiger » Tue 19 May, 2015 9:38 am

Tigermama wrote:
happy tiger wrote:The 2005 squad with Sheens and the 2015 squad with Taylor are polar opposites really

The only thing we have in common is the youth coming through

Did the 2005 side even complete one set of 6 like the 2015 squad does ??

Can't remember... :lol:
Well you were only 11 TM ;)

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Post by Geo. » Tue 19 May, 2015 9:46 am

Happy is on fire today...It's not about style of play..it's about the spirit and camaraderie that galvanised the 2005 side to greatness....

Considering they are celebrating the Anniversary on Saturday would be pretty dumb not to mention it...
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Post by Flippedy » Tue 19 May, 2015 10:50 am

I've never known a club that tries to live on its past glory so much. 2005 is all they have to hang onto! It's time to create some new history, guys.
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Post by happy tiger » Tue 19 May, 2015 11:54 am



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Post by Tigermama » Tue 19 May, 2015 9:28 pm

happy tiger wrote:
Tigermama wrote:
happy tiger wrote:The 2005 squad with Sheens and the 2015 squad with Taylor are polar opposites really

The only thing we have in common is the youth coming through

Did the 2005 side even complete one set of 6 like the 2015 squad does ??

Can't remember... :lol:
Well you were only 11 TM ;)
Sweet ;)

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Tue 19 May, 2015 9:38 pm

Comparing this side with 05 is ridiculous because there is no comparison. I understand he has to be positive about the future, but at present the class of 15 has nothing on the class of 05. The kids in 05 won the comp in what was only most players 2nd full yr in the top grade. The class of 15 aren't even close to that. In 05 Marshall was a freak, Farah had class written all over him, Halatau was capable of running through brick walls. We didn't have to wait 2 to 3 yrs to see their best like we supposedly have to do now. You could see it as clear as day with those kids. With these the jury is still out.

A side like that at that age doesn't come along every day. To win the comp at that age was beyond belief. The class of 15, while they may develop down the line, they have zero of the hallmarks atm that the 05 team had, cos they aren't within a country mile of achieving what the 05 side did at the same stage.

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Post by pHyR3 » Tue 19 May, 2015 9:48 pm

in 2005 round 10 we were sitting 10th on the ladder out of 15 teams.

we're honestly not that far off, we thrashed the dogs and everyone on here was crowing. a few ref calls go our way and a bit of game winning ability (pretty damn hard to expect from a bunch of kids) and we're right in there.

we've lost 1 game less than the chooks. things look crap now but string just two wins together and things start looking so much brighter
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Post by Black Orange White » Tue 19 May, 2015 9:56 pm

We'll probably be talking about 2005 in 2025 too.

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Tue 19 May, 2015 10:03 pm

Black Orange White wrote:We'll probably be talking about 2005 in 2025 too.
We might be like Souths banging on about the 20 premierships they won before colour tv was invented.

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Post by Black Orange White » Tue 19 May, 2015 10:36 pm

GNR4LIFE wrote:
Black Orange White wrote:We'll probably be talking about 2005 in 2025 too.
We might be like Souths banging on about the 20 premierships they won before colour tv was invented.
We might even call ourselves the pride of the league as well. So we'll always have that at least.

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Post by westTAHger » Wed 20 May, 2015 6:40 pm

Being a bit selfish, I just want the current team to win, nothing more, nothing less.
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