Why it's easy to relate to the defiance of the Tigers



  • Why it’s easy to relate to the defiance of the Tigers
    Pamela Whaley Big League Editor Timestamp Thu 19 Apr 2018, 06:01 AM

    Anyone else have such a defiant side to their personality that they’re identifying with the Wests Tigers right now?

    And by defiant I mean, when someone tells you that you can’t do something, does it make you want to do it even more? I’m certainly guilty of this attitude – it’s always been the case.

    It’s the reason I’m a sports journo today. During year 11 at high school, one of my English teachers told me that I probably wouldn’t get into university and that I should have a back-up plan.

    Before that I had thought I wanted to be a chef or a sports administrator (I had no idea, really). But her criticism was all the motivation I needed to bury my head in the books.

    I ended up finishing in the top two in my English class and worked my butt off for a good Universities Admissions Index (UAI – or ATAR for all those people under the age of 30 out there) just to prove her wrong.

    Now that I think of it, she never apologised but I assume that was her intention all along. I guess she had to do something to get us interested in The Maltese Falcon. And I doubt she ever thought about it again but I still think about it often. It’s a great feeling to prove people wrong in their assumptions of you.

    There’s nothing like a good challenge to give a person motivation – and the way the Wests Tigers were written off by everyone (including yours truly) at the start of the year has obviously lit a fire in their bellies.

    I did the interviews and wrote the club’s season preview for Big League this year and I remember sitting in the colourful chairs at Concord Oval, looking at the draw and thinking they would be happy to win even one of their first five games of the season.

    I don’t mean that as a knock, but they did face last year’s top four over the first five weeks. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe they would beat Melbourne twice, as well as the Broncos, the Roosters and the Eels. Shows what I know.

    I still like to tease my former Daily Advertiser colleague Simon Brunsdon about the time he tipped the Cootamundra Bulldogs to run last in the Group 9 competition, and the captain of the team cut it out of the paper and framed it to hang in their sheds that season.

    I can’t remember where they placed but it certainly wasn’t last. At least they got whatever motivation they needed out of it. It’s probably still hanging there for all we know.

    I guess as long as tipping is around, someone will always have egg on their face. And unfortunately, if you publish your predictions and doubts, it only takes a screenshot to humble you.

    In Big League this week we celebrate the inspiring way the Wests Tigers have turned their form around and how it has everything to do with confidence and defying the doubters.

    Enjoy the footy!



  • WT would like the two points from the donkeys win thanks.



  • Touche,willow.
    Ability gets you some of the way,determination the rest.
    Determination gets you everywhere.



  • To a certain extent she is right. Defiance or the attitude of wanting to be in the contest for 80 mins is something Ivan started instill when he first came here. He has put things in place to change the culture and build a team on toughness with no short cuts.
    He recruited the players with the attitude and the trainers to get them into shape both physically and mentally. They are a mentality strong team this year and won’t give up.



  • Seen a few people stating that we beat the Broncos. This start is already becoming the thing of legend.



  • Nice article - but she says that we beat the Broncos….



  • All you can ask for every week is a team that puts in and plays for each other. We have that at the moment and they are giving the finger to the experts with a smile on their faces.



  • I was walking back to the car with my son after watching the Tigers crush Manly at Brookvale (can’t bring myself to say Lottoland) on Sunday. We were forced to skirt around two slowly moving female Manly supporters on the footpath and I offered the fairly bland greeting of, ‘Commiserations ladies’. 'Oh, you’re Tigers supporters are you? one of them responded, ‘I like your team.’ I asked them why they liked them and the same lady answered, ‘Because they’re gutsy.’
    Says it all really.



  • Happy you purged your soul Pamela

    Get off the bus , your not welcome


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    Would have been nice if we had beat the broncos and the refs that day



  • @:

    I was walking back to the car with my son after watching the Tigers crush Manly at Brookvale (can’t bring myself to say Lottoland) on Sunday. We were forced to skirt around two slowly moving female Manly supporters on the footpath and I offered the fairly bland greeting of, ‘Commiserations ladies’. 'Oh, you’re Tigers supporters are you? one of them responded, ‘I like your team.’ I asked them why they liked them and the same lady answered, ‘Because they’re gutsy.’
    Says it all really.

    Nice. Sums up the feeling from supporters and non-supporters alike.



  • The Tigers have been gutsy plenty of times. The early 2000’s we were gutsy with players like skandalis,oneil and galea. Only difference is that these guys play for 80 minutes…



  • @:

    Nice article - but she says that we beat the Broncos….

    Shows what she knows….



  • @:

    @:

    Nice article - but she says that we beat the Broncos….

    Shows what she knows….

    We may not have got the two points but we got the moral victory.



  • @:

    Seen a few people stating that we beat the Broncos. This start is already becoming the thing of legend.

    TBF I’ve heard several people talk about that time we lost to the Broncos when they were missing seven for origin, back when we were making finals. We actually won that game (late Mitch Brown try I think).


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