MORRIS RECEIVES HIGH PRAISE
By Wayne Cousins
Saturday, September 05, 2009
John Morris has received very high praise from Coach Tim Sheens for an outstanding individual achievement.
Morris played another strong game in the 34-12 victory over the Bulldogs at the Sydney Football Stadium in what was his last match for the Wests Tigers before joining the Sharks.
Morris achieved the special milestone of playing in all 72 games for the Wests Tigers in his three years with the club. His utility value will be sorely missed by his team-mates and supporters.
The only other player to achieve the same feat was former premiership winning captain and half-back Scott Prince.
“That’s an extremely fabulous stat. It is typical of John’s professionalism and his durability. ‘Bam Bam’ is his nick-name and he plays that way accordingly,’’ Sheens said.
“John is very professional, does the right thing, and looks after himself.
“It was pleasing to see him having a good game at seven. He has been criticised by some of our ‘so called fans’. John has been a great utility for us and filled in at every position bar front-row.
“Dene Halatau, Dean Collis, they all had good games tonight and it left a good taste in everybody’s mouths I think.’’
Morris, Halatau and Collis were all given terrific send-offs by the Wests Tigers members and supporters following the victory over the Bulldogs. All three were presented with game ball cases from the Wests Tigers.
Halatau received the biggest cheer, having been a wonderful servant to the club on and off the field since making his debut for Wests Tigers in 2003. Who will ever forget Halatau’s man of the match performance in the 2005 premiership final!.
The Balmain Tigers junior now heads to the Bulldogs.
As for Collis, the Western Suburbs Magpies junior developed into a fine young centre before injuries over the past two seasons hampered his progress. He now joins Morris at the Sharks.