Your Wests Tigers Story and When you started supporting them

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Re: Your Wests Tigers Story and When you started supporting

Post by willow » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 8:21 pm

I remember turning on the TV on a Sunday arvo back in 'nam...1986 to be exact! Anyway it turns out Balmain were playing the Bulldogs and were well on top. I didn't really know anything about league then but I liked the colour of their jersey and started to follow Balmain from that point. I remember them winning the Panasonic Cup in 87...good times.

Anyway I never felt any animosity towards Wests, so I was happy to follow the merger and despite the mostly tough times, I've never turned coat.


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Post by Tiger Watto » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 8:38 pm

I've been a Tiger since I was 7... Not the Sydney type, but the Brisbane type from Eastern Suburbs Tigers at Scott Park [juniors] and then onto Langlands Park [seniors]. Through many years of playing with the Tiger Emblem on my chest with pride, Balmain was a natural progression from the late 80's when the Brisbane Broncos ruined the old BRL by selling out to the NSWRL.

We hardly ever watched NSWRL prior to the Broncos up here, and I think we only got the ABC Saturday Arvo game with Warren Boland as the commentator? Sunday Football would be played out of Lang Park between some of the fierce rivalries from around Brisbane. Wynumm vs Redcliffe; Easts vs Souths; Wests vs Norths were the traditional rivalries which filled our screens every week.

Anyway, as the merger was announced, I basically stopped supporting a team as I hated the Magpies [Souths] & Wests [Panthers] the most out of all the Brisbane teams. I had many mates who played for Brisbane, but throughout the whole period, I never supported them from a football team perspective. They ruined my local league, and Uncle Wayne didn't like me from my Schoolboy years. [holds a grudge that old bugger]

By the time the 2003 season came around, my boy was turning 2 and had many questions about who do I support if I don't like the Broncos. [we raised him as a bronco supporter being born in QLD]. After I told him "I'm a Tiger", he secretly asked his mum if he could buy dad a Tiger Jumper. From there, I would start to watch and got in the swing of supporting the Tigers. By the end of the 2003 season, I was in love again and have continued my love for the Tigers until today.

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Post by live like a hero » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 8:48 pm

My champion Grand father use to take me to west game. Started way back in 82 when i was 6 love it

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Post by Tigersman » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 8:51 pm

Great stories guys and girls i'm loving them keep em coming.
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Post by Sabre » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 9:00 pm

As a young kid I was never really into Rugby League, but nevertheless my Dad dragged me to Leichhardt Oval to watch Balmain play nearly every game that was there. I eventually grew into it, then came to love it.
Initially the only thing I liked about watching the footy was it meant having Coke and chips.


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Post by Erin19 » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 9:27 pm

My dad was a Magpies supporter, Wests Tigers now, so I've pretty much grown up with the Tigers being the family team. I live in Parramatta and most of my friends are Eels supporters but I've never particularly liked them. I probably went to a game or two before this but my first memory of the Tigers was in about 2006, I would have been about 11 and my brother, dad and I went to a game at ANZ (wouldn't have a clue who we were versing). Benji and Brett Hodgson were both injured at the time so they were out the front of the stadium giving away jerseys to people who test drove Proton cars and signing things and taking pictures. So we got a picture with Benji and Hodgo and regardless of whether we won or lost that night (can't remember), went home pretty happy Tigers supporters. After that we probably went to about three or four games a season, mostly the Leichhardt and ANZ ones, and unfortunately mostly the ones we lost. We didn't really know any of the players except Benji, Hodgo and Tuiaki (we could never remember his name so my brother christened him 'teriyaki chicken' - sorry Tuiaki!) but I guess it didn't really matter too much to us then.

I didn't really start following the team and NRL properly though until about 2011. It was around that that I actually learnt who was who, who played where, who I'd actually care about losing and haha um what some of the less obvious rules were (as you can probably guess from my name I didn't play rugby league growing up). I still don't get to that many games unfortunately (this weekend will be my first for the season) but hopefully that'll change in the next few years. :sign:

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Post by Jazza » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 9:37 pm

My story begins in the early 90s when I was only about 4 or 5 years old. We lived in the Campbelltown area (Still do) and we used to have a house down at St Georges Basin on the south coast. At the time my parents were still finishing building the house, so for a little kid like me there wasn't much to do besides plonk myself in front of the old TV and watch the Rugby League.

I remember watching some finals matches on channel 9, generally the teams would be Canberra, Brisbane, Canterbury and Norths. So I was a bit of a Norths and Canberra fan back then. Then a few years later my Dad told me he followed Balmain but also had a soft spot for Parra as he lived there in the 80s. So naturally I became a Balmain and Parra fan.

Anyway in 2000 the merger occurred, unlike most people at that time, as an 11 year old I was ecstatic that one of the teams that I followed merged with my local team. It wasn't until about 2003 that Wests Tigers became my clear cut number 1 team, where as my interest in Parra has diminished to the point that I cannot stand losing to them.

It's funny how as a little kid, sometimes it's the smallest things that determine the team you go for.
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Post by Basil Tiger » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 9:42 pm

Slightly different story,our house backed on to the Channel 9 Studio in Willoughby and as School kids we used to sneak into the various shows they did live.One Sunday around 1965/66 we were in the main Studio watching Ron Casey's Sports Show when he had some jersey's to give away,i scored the Balmain one and have been a supporter ever since,joined the Leagues Club when i turned 18,the State Govt. had just reduced the age from 21,and have been a member ever since.
Over the years i got to know several of the players and my Uncle was one of the Trainers during the 1980''s and 1990's so have some great memories.Very sad to see the latest dramas all because of the almighty $ and hope they can be resoloved,a clean up day at the old Leagues Club would be a good start,its a disgrace to all involved.
Greetings All,from far Northern NSW.

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Post by hobbo » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 9:55 pm

Hi folks , moved to OZ in 1984 when I was 13 . Lived at my auntys place at Laparouse for about 4 weeks . My cousins were all souths supporters .
I couldn't stand the red & green colour scheme !
Moved to the Blue mountains soon after . At high school met a few die hard balmain supporters and became great mates . We would catch the train from springwood with Laurie nicols and he would shadow box in the aisle all the way down the mountain ! They were the days watching blocker / Pearce / David brooks hardwick / Hemsley & later the late Scotty gale ( my favorite ) at leichhardt .
As ink said I too lost interst in the game in the 90's ( too busy drinking and chasing skirt )
Always had a soft spot for the magpies and I was happy we merged with them .
Now my 9 year old son is a die hard wests tigers supporter !
Go the wests tigers !!!!!
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Post by cqtiger » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 10:00 pm

Dad was born in Balmain and used to take me to Leichardt to watch the Tigers play in the 60's. After that we used to go to every game, home and away. This is when it was Sydney teams only.

Balmain have given me some great memories.
The '69 team full of young guys and old heads (like now?).

Watching Artie Beetson play for the Tigers.

Watching them at the SCG in 1970? When the Queen was introduced to the players.

Seeing Geoff Starling get picked for the Kangaroos. Sadly, seeing him struggle with the undiagnosed illness.

Watching them play in the Endeavour cup at Cronulla.

Watch them win the Panasonic cup.

Then the Wests Tigers!

The proposed JV with Parra then Fitzgerald saying no Balmain player or coach would make it. That he only wanted the Tiger brand.
Then the sudden JV switch with Wests put a smile on my face.

Watching Benji

Winning in 2005

The list goes on and on.

What I do know is wifey and 4 adult sons are carrying on the tradition.

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Post by Knuckles » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 10:06 pm

Dad used to go for Balmain but switched to Wests when they came to Lidcombe Oval which was only a five minute walk from home. First game he took me to was Norths in 1974 .... Finished an 18-18 draw when George Ambram scored in the corner for Norths. The late 70's is what made me forever a Magpies fan at heart and all the drama of being kicked out twice and somehow surviving against all odds. Was there for the first game against defending premiers Parramatta for the first game at Orana Park and the last game against the Warriors in 1999. Was really happy about joining up with Balmain who were always my second team and the chance I'd have a competitive team to follow. Was there in 2000 for the first ever match against Brisbane. Was so eerie before kick off .... But once the game was on both sets of fans got together and it's been that way since. Sometimes I still have to pinch myself to believe we actually won the comp .... Never believed it would happen. So glad for people like my Dad and Tigergran they got to see it while they were here. Wouldn't have been the same otherwise. Shame Laurie didn't see it too. Who knows ... It may be a once in a lifetime ! It's been a great journey ... So glad I stayed loyal ... It's been all good ... All worth it and looking forward to whatever comes.

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Post by Milky » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 10:20 pm

Used to be a bulldogs supporter, it was Harmony day at school in year 4 and needed something orange to wear, I had nothing so I decided to go to sneakers to pick something out and I decided to buy a Wests Tigers shirt. From then on I supported the Wests Tigers, when I discovered that there is a fan forum I sort of got more into Rugby League and learn as I go. Remember when I sat there crying after losing to Saints, Warriors and Roosters in the finals HAHA

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Post by Tigersman » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 10:25 pm

Milky wrote:Used to be a bulldogs supporter, it was Harmony day at school in year 4 and needed something orange to wear, I had nothing so I decided to go to sneakers to pick something out and I decided to buy a Wests Tigers shirt. From then on I supported the Wests Tigers, when I discovered that there is a fan forum I sort of got more into Rugby League and learn as I go. Remember when I sat there crying after losing to Saints, Warriors and Roosters in the finals HAHA
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Same and same lol. I didn't really ''support'' the dogs my family did I have an Arabic background so I was pushed into going for the dogs lol.
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Post by Milky » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 10:37 pm

Tigersman wrote:
Milky wrote:Used to be a bulldogs supporter, it was Harmony day at school in year 4 and needed something orange to wear, I had nothing so I decided to go to sneakers to pick something out and I decided to buy a Wests Tigers shirt. From then on I supported the Wests Tigers, when I discovered that there is a fan forum I sort of got more into Rugby League and learn as I go. Remember when I sat there crying after losing to Saints, Warriors and Roosters in the finals HAHA
Same and same lol. I didn't really ''support'' the dogs my family did I have a Arabic background so I was pushed into going for the dogs lol.
Same here HAHAHA but since I started supporting the Tigers I don't think we have ever beat the Dogs HAHAH

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Post by ulluru22 » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 10:50 pm

I migrated to Oz back in 85 when I was 11 years old, I remember being at my uncles place where I got a glimpse of a strange game where people were smashing each other and fighting. Being from South America where football (soccer) was the only game that I watched it was bloody strange. On that day I didn't know who was playing who, I only needed to see those colors..... Black and Orange!! That was it.... I was hooked and I'm still hooked!! When it came to the merger I was glad it was with Wests there wouldn't have been a better fit!!

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Post by Year of the Tiger » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 11:07 pm

I was 8 in 1989. My father died at age 35 in a car accident 3 weeks before the GF. He was a massive fan of balmain and a local GP in Nowra. Me and my younger brothers played midgets for the Nowra Warriors (tigers colours for those of you who know the south coast) and dad was doctor for the grade sides on the weekend. Remember as a kid watching massive guys getting stiched and the echo of studs on concrete out of the dressing shed. Dad took the 4 sons to a game that year, dressed head to toe in tigers colours, and we were on the big screen at some stage. The GF that year was devastating for a young lad but it steeled me a tiger for life. This is a religion for me not just a game. To lighten the mood, my three little brothers are raiders fans, no bull!

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Post by Easy Tiger. » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 11:56 pm

These story's are really good to read & interesting to read different people from different walk,s of life.

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Post by happy tiger » Thu 03 Apr, 2014 12:10 am

Was hooked to the Magpies after watching the 1977 Amco Cup Final My first NSWRL game that I remember watching

Hate most other sides so in 2000 it was become a Tiger

Fortunately I played for the Moura Tigers for a few years so being a Tiger was acceptable

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