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Feeling the love in South-western Sydney

Feeling the love in South-western Sydney​

Author Wests Tigers
Wed 7 Dec 2022, 08:25 AM

If the numbers are anything to go by, there sure is a lot of love for Wests Tigers in South-western Sydney.


The club has been busy over the past few weeks planning and executing a schedule of community events in the lead up to Christmas, many of which are in the Macarthur region.

More than 400 supporters turned out last Thursday night for a ‘meet the players’ session at Narellan Town Centre.

The 2023 playing squad and coaching staff were in attendance, along with several Wests Tigers office staff.
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Assistant coach Benji Marshall remains as popular as ever in the Macarthur region.

One lady, who has been supporting the club for 55 years, was overcome with emotion after meeting Benji.
“I waited 22 years to get a photo with Benji and I finally got it, I just can’t believe it,” she said.
Win, lose or draw I just love my Wests Tigers."
Wests Tigers fan of 55 years
Another supporter asked Benji to outline his autograph as neatly as possible on her forearm so that she could have it inked by a tattoo artist nearby.

Marshall says he was stoked to see so many supporters at the event.
“It’s a fresh start for this group as we embark on a new season and I could feel the excitement in the area,” he said.
There is clearly a lot of love for this club and as a squad we got a huge buzz out of it.”
Benji Marshall
Earlier that day the team trained at nearby school St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown, and again the welcome was a warm one.


Coach Tim Sheens, who was School Captain at St Greg’s in the late sixties, says it’s important for the club to build on its strong relationship with the school.

“It was great to have a session at St Greg’s and I know our players enjoyed being there,” Sheens said.

The school has developed so many players over the years who have gone on to play at NRL level."
"It continues to be a very important part of our pathways planning in the southwest of Sydney.”
Tim Sheens with David Nofoaluma, John Skandalis and Ken Maumalo
Tim Sheens with David Nofoaluma, John Skandalis and Ken Maumalo

Sheens was also kept busy in the morning, spending time with local sponsor Paul Wakeling Motor Group. Corporate Sales Executive John Skandalis says this has been a long-standing relationship.

“Paul and Scott and their team have been involved with this club for more than 30 years and we certainly value their continued support,” he said.
Later this week Wests Tigers will continue its annual Christmas Toy Drive, with players and staff visiting Liverpool and Bowral Hospitals.
Joe Ofahengaue and Alex Seyfarth spread some Christmas cheer at Campbelltown Hospital last week, visiting children and parents in the maternity and paediatric wards.


Joe Ofahengaue and Alex Seyfarth at Campbelltown Hospital
Ofahengaue and his wife are expecting their third child in February.
“It’s really rewarding coming here and seeing all these smiles,” he said.
It means a lot to the children and it means a lot to us players as well."
Joe Ofahengaue

Wests Tigers hosted its first Unite Harmony Festival last Friday at Kirkham Oval, Camden. Unite Harmony is the club's flagship high school community program in Sydney's Inner West, South Western Sydney and Southern Highlands regions.
Unite Harmony Festival at Kirkham Oval
Unite Harmony Festival at Kirkham Oval

Community Engagement Coordinator, Kenneth Tuala says the program has been delivered to 30 schools since its inception two years ago.
“It’s about delivering positive messages and themes through the platform of rugby league,” he said.
It’s so rewarding to see the impact Unite Harmony is having on the school communities in our area.”
Kenneth Tuala
The club continued to engage with the Macarthur community at last weekend’s Rocking Around Campbelltown Christmas Convoy.

This event was in conjunction with Wests Leagues Campbelltown, Campbelltown Council, Radio C91.3FM, NSW Police, and of course Santa.
Grant Kirkpatrick with his convoy crew
Grant Kirkpatrick with his convoy crew
Consumer Business Manager, Grant Kirkpatrick says the local support was tremendous.

“We had a really positive reception with around 500 people involved, and most walking away with Wests Tigers prizes,’ he said.

The festive vibes will continue this weekend at the club’s Concord base, the Zurich Centre. Around 750 guests are expected for Wests Tigers inaugural Members Christmas BBQ.
 
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Feeling the love in South-western Sydney

Feeling the love in South-western Sydney​

Author Wests Tigers
Wed 7 Dec 2022, 08:25 AM

If the numbers are anything to go by, there sure is a lot of love for Wests Tigers in South-western Sydney.


The club has been busy over the past few weeks planning and executing a schedule of community events in the lead up to Christmas, many of which are in the Macarthur region.

More than 400 supporters turned out last Thursday night for a ‘meet the players’ session at Narellan Town Centre.

The 2023 playing squad and coaching staff were in attendance, along with several Wests Tigers office staff.
011222_meetgreet-62692.jpg

Assistant coach Benji Marshall remains as popular as ever in the Macarthur region.

One lady, who has been supporting the club for 55 years, was overcome with emotion after meeting Benji.
“I waited 22 years to get a photo with Benji and I finally got it, I just can’t believe it,” she said.

Another supporter asked Benji to outline his autograph as neatly as possible on her forearm so that she could have it inked by a tattoo artist nearby.

Marshall says he was stoked to see so many supporters at the event.
“It’s a fresh start for this group as we embark on a new season and I could feel the excitement in the area,” he said.

Earlier that day the team trained at nearby school St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown, and again the welcome was a warm one.


Coach Tim Sheens, who was School Captain at St Greg’s in the late sixties, says it’s important for the club to build on its strong relationship with the school.

“It was great to have a session at St Greg’s and I know our players enjoyed being there,” Sheens said.

The school has developed so many players over the years who have gone on to play at NRL level."
"It continues to be a very important part of our pathways planning in the southwest of Sydney.”
Tim Sheens with David Nofoaluma, John Skandalis and Ken Maumalo
Tim Sheens with David Nofoaluma, John Skandalis and Ken Maumalo

Sheens was also kept busy in the morning, spending time with local sponsor Paul Wakeling Motor Group. Corporate Sales Executive John Skandalis says this has been a long-standing relationship.

“Paul and Scott and their team have been involved with this club for more than 30 years and we certainly value their continued support,” he said.
Later this week Wests Tigers will continue its annual Christmas Toy Drive, with players and staff visiting Liverpool and Bowral Hospitals.
Joe Ofahengaue and Alex Seyfarth spread some Christmas cheer at Campbelltown Hospital last week, visiting children and parents in the maternity and paediatric wards.


Joe Ofahengaue and Alex Seyfarth at Campbelltown Hospital
Ofahengaue and his wife are expecting their third child in February.
“It’s really rewarding coming here and seeing all these smiles,” he said.


Wests Tigers hosted its first Unite Harmony Festival last Friday at Kirkham Oval, Camden. Unite Harmony is the club's flagship high school community program in Sydney's Inner West, South Western Sydney and Southern Highlands regions.
Unite Harmony Festival at Kirkham Oval
Unite Harmony Festival at Kirkham Oval

Community Engagement Coordinator, Kenneth Tuala says the program has been delivered to 30 schools since its inception two years ago.
“It’s about delivering positive messages and themes through the platform of rugby league,” he said.

The club continued to engage with the Macarthur community at last weekend’s Rocking Around Campbelltown Christmas Convoy.

This event was in conjunction with Wests Leagues Campbelltown, Campbelltown Council, Radio C91.3FM, NSW Police, and of course Santa.
Grant Kirkpatrick with his convoy crew
Grant Kirkpatrick with his convoy crew
Consumer Business Manager, Grant Kirkpatrick says the local support was tremendous.

“We had a really positive reception with around 500 people involved, and most walking away with Wests Tigers prizes,’ he said.

The festive vibes will continue this weekend at the club’s Concord base, the Zurich Centre. Around 750 guests are expected for Wests Tigers inaugural Members Christmas BBQ.
Lauren this is a great read and fantastic for the Macarthur region.
We need every resource avail to capture the hearts and minds of a future Brett Hodgson.
What sort of things do we post in here????
 

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Lauren this is a great read and fantastic for the Macarthur region.
We need every resource avail to capture the hearts and minds of a future Brett Hodgson.
What sort of things do we post in here????
Thanks.
I believe community and fan engagement builds loyalty more than anything so wanted to have a thread which not only recognises the club's/team's/players' involvement in the community, but more importantly highlights how fans themselves are the biggest driving factor in attracting ( a new generation of) supporters.
Personally enjoy reading everyone's stories of how they came to support the team and why they continue to have that strong connection to it, however seeing the excitement on the faces of children warms the heart more.
Therefore, that's one of my main reasons

I'd love for this to be a place where members can share photographs and stories from any community events - including game days - they've attended.
Good vibes only of course.
 

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