Dear Mr Pasco,
I am Ben and I am die-hard Wests Tigers supporter. I have been a member since 2012 and I would like to communicate a few things to you and the club. I don’t mean to be rude or aggressive but I would like to express my opinions of 2 particular players at the club.
Mitchell Moses is a disgrace. Nofoaluma was injured early in the game and kept playing on despite the pain because he has pride in the jersey and also we were already 2 players down (with Woods & Tedesco off the field). Moses then abuses Nofoaluma for not being in the right place or whatever Moses said. The point is he was abusing Nofoaluma because he wasn’t doing something properly. HE WAS INJURED!!! Nofoaluma is one of our players and is in the top 5 wingers in the entire competition. Nofoaluma loves our club and I love his enthusiasm towards the tigers. He kissed our emblem when he scored last week. If you have watched our team song then it is quite obvious Nofoaluma’s energy and passion for our mighty club. David also speaks very well to the media. For Moses to abuse our injured superstar is disgraceful and I think actions need to be taken for this disgraceful act of behaviour.
Now I will open my views on Mitchell’s performance on Saturday. It was a terrible performance and I am embarrassed that he wears one of our jerseys. Not only is he a grub off the field, his performances on the field are even worse. Not once did Moses put in a good kick. Either to the corners, out of play to give our forwards a rest, into the in-goal for a repeat set. Moses kicks were horrendous. He needs to learn off Brooks because Luke was exceptional against Cronulla and was very good against the Dogs. Moses is a player that always takes the risky play with a very low chance of coming off. This is extremely poor play from a half who wants big $$$ and also he took the wrong plays when the team needed him most. I don’t think Moses is first-grade standard and I think he should be dropped based on his performances. Moses didn’t just do it against Cronulla he also did it against Parra and to a lesser extent the Dogs match. If Moses didn’t play on Saturday then we would’ve won, I am extremely happy that he is going.
Please do yourself and our club a favour and go to: http://www.weststigersforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=243&t=29196&hilit=Mitchell+Moses
Woods has portrayed the club in an extremely poor light. He has bagged us on several occasions. Has any other current captain of their club thrown their club under the bus like that ever before? He has shown zero leadership on and off the field all season. Does Aaron forget this is the club that pays him very well? Made him captain? Put him in First grade at a young age after a serious injury?
Woods should do the decent thing and step down as Captain.
A Captain is supposed to be the “Club Standard”.
I have no issue with him leaving (although I wish he stayed and showed loyalty and commitment to the club), its his decision, he has made it, I don’t think it was very professional of him to bag the club though. It’s easy to stick the knife in during the bad times but he should also realise the club has supported him throughout his career and has contributed to his success.
Gallen carried the sharks for over 10 years for not much joy, never bagged the club and stuck it out, was rewarded with a premiership, Woods on the other hand went the complete opposite direction.
I hope the club (or Aaron himself) removes the captaincy from Woods and gives it to either Chris Lawrence, Elijah Taylor or David Nofoaluma.
On a positive note, I am extremely happy with Ivan Cleary and the progress he is making with our team. We are playing better and he has come in and simplified our game plan and worked on our defence. He also speaks very well in press conferences. I love how he makes his intentions clear on how he wants his team to play.
Here are Ivan’s 3 laws:
1. You are either on the bus or off the bus.
2. The star of the team is the team.
3. Be the player your teammates want to play with.
Surprisingly Aaron and Mitchell break every one of these laws.
The club seems to be heading in the right direction with signing marquee players Ben Matulino, Chris McQueen & Josh Reynolds (2 origin reps and 1 NZ international). These signings will add some size and power in the forward pack and also some experience and stability in the halves.
We have also signed Malakai Watene-Zelezniak. This will increase our strike power in the outside backs and it is great that he has joined the club for 2017 as he will improve under Ivan this season and with a full pre-season will be a great prospect for the tigers.
I would also look at players like Russell Packer and Albert Vete to try and brig them to the club in 2018. Tuimola Lolohea would also be a good signing. I trust that the club and Ivan know the players they want to target and try build a Wests Tigers dynasty. With some positive signings already it looks like the tigers are going in the right direction. I just hope that all the players want to play for the tigers and have pride in our jersey.
I am on the bus and looking forward to good times ahead, and I will support the tigers no matter what.
I will support Wests Tigers through thick or thin
I will be cheering when they win
I will love the Tigers Till I Die
With loyal supporters we will fly
I love the Tigers with my heart and soul
I just love the club as a whole
If the Wests Tigers believe
We will Unite, Commit and Achieve