Making your kids fans.

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Re: Making your kids fans.

Post by Tigerdave » Mon 18 Jun, 2018 11:09 pm

My boy unfortunately is not all that interested in League, he's been to a few games...........none of which we won, which probably hasn't helped.


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Post by Doc Tiger » Tue 19 Jun, 2018 1:51 pm

Only yesterday I apolised to my 15 y.o son for steering him in the direction of the WT.

My 9 year old is now telling me he's supporting the cows. Little does he realise that they're headed for severe drought.

I don't force them to support anyone, but it's hard to change once you have a jersey. That's my only hope for him - he's got two.

I live in hope for both him and our club.

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Post by Dr Ice » Tue 19 Jun, 2018 2:01 pm

Tigerdave wrote:
Mon 18 Jun, 2018 11:09 pm
My boy unfortunately is not all that interested in League, he's been to a few games...........none of which we won, which probably hasn't helped.
The first 12 games I took my kids to we only won once. They still stayed strong and still enjoyed going.

This year we have won all three games we have been to. I only take them to home games where the Timmy Tiger is there and the crowd cheers for us.

I like that all the extended family supports the same team. Even though my five year old keeps mentioning the Eels at the moment (he is a bit cold sleeping outside at the moment).

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Post by supercoach » Tue 19 Jun, 2018 2:14 pm

Took my son out to a game when he was about 3..thirty years on we are still going. I often ask him why did he blindly follow me with his support for the Tigers...he said because there is only one team

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Post by Lemur1 » Tue 19 Jun, 2018 2:42 pm

My daughter's nearly four and i took her to the Tigers vs. Manly game at Leichhardt last year for her first taste of rugby league. Not only did she don the Tigers jersey i received as a youngster for my 8th birthday, but she waved her new Tigers flag proudly at every opportunity, of which there were plenty as we came home strong and scored that incredible come-from-behind victory. Not a bad introduction!

She met Chris Lawrence (who was incredibly generous with his time and very engaging with her - that guy's star became even brighter that day in my eyes), had an ice cream, got her face painted as a Tiger (which she kept saying was a kitty), and lost her mind when she realised she could run lengths of the field after the game (which is an awesome initiative for the kids; would be great to see it become a regular part of game day at Leichhardt). It was difficult to remove her from the ground she was having such a great time!

Needless to say, all things Tigers to her are nothing but positive, and she's always in for a "Go Tigers" call and response.

That being said, she also thinks that every team playing sport on TV (whether it be union, soccer, AFL) are the Tigers, and that every ground shown is the one she ran across after the game last year... which is pretty cute :)


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Post by jirskyr » Wed 20 Jun, 2018 10:38 am

Yossarian wrote:
Mon 18 Jun, 2018 8:55 pm
No choice for my boy. He's 4th generation Tigers supporter!
We are the same. My family started following Balmain at the beginning of rugby league, being Lilyfield residents, and that conviction has remained. So for us it's always been not just our club, but our local club, and in the old days you used to be able to go down to the club and bump into players for a chat, see them at Harold Park for the trots etc.

Not quite like that now, but that old Balmain tiger logo still gets me pumped.

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Post by formerguest » Wed 20 Jun, 2018 11:17 am

Indoctrination from birth onwards for my boy. Having moved north, we don't get to as many matches nowadays, so our seats are often left empty, but the good time slot of the two o'clock kickoff at Leichhardt next round is looking good.

The increasing number of late afternoon and night matches are not conducive to taking a family, particularly younger children to matches.

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Post by ed612313 » Thu 21 Jun, 2018 1:54 pm

No....
We have just moved to Newcastle and id be more than happy if my kid supported Newcastle. The Wests Tigers are not the team i grew up supporting (Balmain) and watching the way they operate is embarrassing...
The merge killed any chance of me pushing the Tigers on to my kids

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Post by innsaneink » Thu 21 Jun, 2018 3:20 pm

My son started playing before watching NRL... We lived at Maroubra and it was when souths were readmitted.
He got all the hype around it
Maroubra Lions wear the Souths strip... His school colours were red and green too...
He's staunch tho... Sat thru many many floggings in tears

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Post by Icon » Thu 21 Jun, 2018 3:22 pm

when my boy was 5 or 6 he said something like "I like those chickens", I said right, we're of to the shops, bought him all the tigers gear and that unfortunately set him on course to seeing a lot of loses over the years. He's in his 20's now and is a mad tigers supporter, we still go to the matches so it's good to catch every week during the NRL season .

My daughter came to the matches with us but used sit and read her books, but is also a mad tigers fan now.

So, all ended well, except the losing of course, but we did have '05 when they were 11 and 9, that was a great 12 weeks.

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Post by swag tiger » Thu 21 Jun, 2018 3:36 pm

I'm only 18 so i ain't thinking about family right now but my girlfriend is a Roosters supporter which means it will have to be a battle to get to decide who the kids would support ( if we plan on having any in the future). :roll
I have family in Balmain and the Western suburbs so i guess that makes me a Balmain Westie

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Post by Harvey » Thu 21 Jun, 2018 4:09 pm

swag tiger wrote:
Thu 21 Jun, 2018 3:36 pm
I'm only 18 so i ain't thinking about family right now but my girlfriend is a Roosters supporter which means it will have to be a battle to get to decide who the kids would support ( if we plan on having any in the future). :roll
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Post by Spacecub » Thu 21 Jun, 2018 4:19 pm

bigsiro wrote:
Mon 18 Jun, 2018 1:44 pm
So...... moving away from the current doom and gloom...

I'd love to know other fans thoughts on whether or not you insist on making your kids Tigers fans (i.e. over other teams).

Personally, I accept that at some point my kids may struggle with religion, sexuality, political agenda, whatever...but I'm dead serious that they have to support all of my teams without question.

Thoughts?
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Post by swag tiger » Thu 21 Jun, 2018 5:07 pm

Harvey wrote:
Thu 21 Jun, 2018 4:09 pm
swag tiger wrote:
Thu 21 Jun, 2018 3:36 pm
I'm only 18 so i ain't thinking about family right now but my girlfriend is a Roosters supporter which means it will have to be a battle to get to decide who the kids would support ( if we plan on having any in the future). :roll
Make sure any brown paper bags she gives your kids contain school lunches and nothing else

i'd have to catch her doing it first. :roll
I have family in Balmain and the Western suburbs so i guess that makes me a Balmain Westie

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Post by Juro » Fri 22 Jun, 2018 7:36 am

It would be a bit rich for me to force it on my kids, seeing as how I changed teams from Parra to Balmain at the age of 13...

My son showed absolutely no interest in any sport until the age of 4, when he became absolutely obsessed.

The first game I took him to was against the Dragons on a wet night at the SFS. We were trailing for most of the game but came back to win in the second half. I remember Benji setting up a try with a flick pass, right near where we were sitting.

I remember being at a game vs Canterbury where we got absolutely flogged (40-4 in 2013 is most likely the one). He was the only kid in the area of the stadium we were sitting, and he so desperately wanted to wave his flag but there was to be no cheering that night. There was a group of guys in their 50s sitting behind us, and they were very supportive towards him, encouraging him that good times will eventually come.

Another memorable game for him was against Brisbane at Campbo. It was his birthday and he got to go out on the field to cheer the team on at the start. That was a real buzz for him. Unfortunately, of course, we got beat in a nail-biter.

Occasionally he talks about his friends who change teams, going for the latest one that is playing well that year. I tell him that chasing victories like that is hollow and can't really be appreciated like when (or is it if) we have a good year. So he keeps waiting patiently, waiting for his first taste of finals football...
I've been a member since 2012. We last played finals football in 2011. Just saying...

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Post by innsaneink » Fri 22 Jun, 2018 8:29 am

Good stuff Juro

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Post by Juro » Fri 22 Jun, 2018 9:02 am

My daughter, on the other hand, is a harder nut to crack. She is now 7 and has been going to games for most of her life. While she loves to go, she shows almost no interest in what is going on on the field. She loves the face paint and cheer girls, but has very little understanding of the game. She sits there and draws or plays on the phone or finds some other kid to play with. Every now and then she surprises me by knowing one of the players. It helps if they have hair like Woods.

As for being a tigers fan, I almost lost her at her very first game. We were playing a home game against Souths at the SFS. For some reason, the Souths mascot was there and she loved him straight away. She decided she was a rabbits fan (VOMIT!!!). It was only at a Souths game the following year where I pointed out that they didn't have cheer girls (her favourite thing) that turned her back from the dark side. Oh, and the fact that she was born in the year of the tiger helped a bit too.

Some day she may surprise me by watching a full game with me.
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Post by Tigerdon » Fri 22 Jun, 2018 9:04 am

Even though both my kids have been born and breed in Manly they are both Tigers fans. I remember telling them you can go for Manly if you like. They both said no, we are Tigers like you.
They were born in 2001 and 2003. So both were very young but still got the experience the GF win. There has been so many great personalities at the Tigers over the years. That was more important for them than wins.
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