Luke Garner - Debut

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Luke Garner - Debut

Post by Geo. » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 3:28 pm

Luke Garner caps off incredible rise with debut
Author Dan Talintyre Timestamp Sun 15 Jul 2018, 03:09 PM

Wests Tigers forward Luke Garner will become Wests Tigers Player #219 today when he makes his first-grade debut against the St. George-Illawarra Dragons.

In doing so, Garner will become the sixth player to make their NRL debut at Wests Tigers under Coach Ivan Cleary and cap off an incredible personal rise over the last month.

Four weeks ago, Garner's full-time job was mowing lawns.

Today, his full-time job is playing rugby league and earning his shot at playing on the main stage.


Born just shy of the Queensland border in Tweed Heads, Garner first started turning heads at Palm Beach Currumbin on the Gold Coast as a teenager. From there, he made the move down to Sydney to join the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in Holden Cup — featuring prominently in a team stacked with talent such as the Trbojevic brothers and now Sharks centre Jesse Ramien that went all the way to the Grand Final.

A switch of beaches to Bondi on a full-time contract with the Sydney Roosters had Garner on the verge of realising his NRL dream, but like a number of untold stories in rugby league, the chance just didn't come.

It wasn't through a lack of effort, or application. It just wasn't to be.

By 2017, Garner's full-time work was mowing lawns — dragging himself to training in the afternoon on a part-time contract with Wests Tigers in the Intrust Super Premiership competition.

A full-time switch to the back row saw the 22-year-old take off in 2018 under new Coach Brett Hodgson, who soon made the promising forward captain of the team. His side's best in the opening half of the season, Garner was rewarded with selection in the NSW Residents team that comprehensively beat their Queensland counterparts prior to Origin Two, but his shot at making it in the NRL still appeared on hold.

With the June 30 deadline literally around the corner and external focus more on the return of Life Member Robbie Farah, Garner was signed to the remaining spot on Wests Tigers roster for the rest of the season.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Training hard throughout the Round 17 bye, Garner will finally earn his shot when he comes off the bench — likely to spell either Chris Lawrence or Josh Aloiai in the back row at some point this afternoon.

Garner's journey hasn't necessarily been one full of drama with a Cinderella storyline to follow.

It's a story of little fuss, but driven purely by effort. Just like the man himself.

https://www.weststigers.com.au/news/201 ... ith-debut/
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3. Be the player your teammates want to play with..


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Post by Geo. » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 3:29 pm

Best of luck #219
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3. Be the player your teammates want to play with..

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Post by swag tiger » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 3:33 pm

Hopefully he kills it on the paddock today.
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Post by clifferdSH » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 3:33 pm

A solid debut and he may have solved all our problems re: our right edge

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Post by Newtown » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 4:10 pm

Just keep your mind focused and good luck Luke.


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Post by jadtiger » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 4:11 pm

Best of luck Luke

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Post by LARDS » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:16 pm

Steps right into rowdys spot now.
Good timing for him

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Post by rex2ce » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:17 pm

Did nothing wrong, will get better

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Post by innsaneink » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:20 pm

Only noticed him once was too wrapped up in the game with one eye on the clock

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Post by Pawsandclaws » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:21 pm

Made a great first up tackle on Vaughan under the ribs which drove him backwards. He didn't look out of place.

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Post by Geo. » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:23 pm

I'd say he'll get more minutes next week..
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Post by clifferdSH » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:24 pm

Was bought on when we were under the pump so hard fo get a read

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Post by matchball » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:26 pm

Tyson Gamble would be envious.

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Post by WT2K » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:28 pm

Definitely get more of a run next week. From what I saw today, he looked solid.
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Post by willow » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:34 pm

Didn't look out of place, will only get better with fulltime training too.

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Post by Tacky » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:36 pm

Didn't get enough game time to make a proper reading.
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Post by Nucky Thompson » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:45 pm

Anyone else noticed he gased.

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Post by matchball » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:47 pm

Nucky Thompson wrote:
Sun 15 Jul, 2018 6:45 pm
Anyone else noticed he gased.
NRL is much more fast paced.
Everyone is gassed on debut as they adjust to the next level.
He will come good.

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