Wife's faith prepared Chee Kam for magic moment

Wife’s faith prepared Chee Kam for magic moment


Joel GouldNRL.com Reporter


Fri 12 Apr 2019, 03:01 PM

Joel Gould

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Wests Tigers utility Michael Chee Kam credits his wife for her unfailing belief through tough times for preparing him for the match-winning moment that exceeded his wildest childhood dreams.

With one minute left on the clock the 27-year-old left several Brisbane defenders in his wake to run 35 metres to score, delivering a 22-16 victory.

Chee Kam is a late bloomer who spent time in the Melbourne and Canberra systems before joining Manly. He only played five games at the Sea Eagles across 2014 and 2015 and had to wait until round nine of the following year to make his Tigers debut.

But he said he never lost faith in his ability to be an NRL regular.

“I got married last year in October [to Alex] and she has been with me since my Manly days,” Chee Kam said.

"She has always been there for me through tough times and when I was playing reserve grade. She was always telling me to believe in myself and that I could play at the highest level.

“I still had that belief and kept plugging away. My family and the close friends that I have all kept me positive throughout those years.”

Match Highlights: Broncos v Wests Tigers>

Match Highlights: Broncos v Wests Tigers

As for his try at Suncorp Stadium, it is a moment he was still savouring long after the final siren.

“As a kid you dream of scoring a try in the NRL, but to win a game by scoring a try … it is pretty surreal. I am still buzzing now,” he said.

“That has never happened to me before. I didn’t know what to do when I had the ball in my hands. I looked up and seen a little gap, and just ran. It all happened pretty quick.”

Mostly used as a back-rower, Chee Kam showcased his versatility when centre Robert Jennings was ruled out with concussion after 21 minutes, playing a vital hand in the away team’s comeback by catching a Luke Brooks bomb and unveiling a slick offload for Luke Garner to score.

"The coach sees me as a utility and I did most of the pre-season at centre too just to get me familiar with in case something like this happened so I was fairly confident when I went out there,” Chee Kam said.

"Madge [coach Michael Maguire] has come in and really changed the culture of the club and everyone is buying into it.

“I can feel it. We have a strong bond here and I really want to be a part of that shift.”

Maguire cheers home Chee Kam>

Maguire cheers home Chee Kam

Maguire said Chee Kam was a major part of that shift himself and had the ability to break games open like he did at the death against Brisbane.

“He has definitely shown he has the capability to do that,” Maguire said.

“Chee has been able to fill in a number of different spots and has a bit of X factor about him, so with that [final] play he adds a real lot in those moments. I think his feet were moving faster than the mind, but it worked.”

Chee Kam wins it for the Wests Tigers>

MCK’s try reminded me of another try at Lang Park (Suncorp ) I had seen almost 40 years earlier live

Chris Close try in the first ever SOO game

Especially when he stood Boyd up …exactly like Close beating Graham Eadie



Remember that game like yesterday. Even though Qld won it, what about the all in brawls Happy. Different footy to today’s game.

bloody hell the jurno stole Magic Mike from me…told you we should have copyrighted it @hobbo

Watching shirvo on fox the other day.
He said that Madge had said , in relation to cheekams try that his " feet were faster than his brain".
That’s classic!

He has a brain explosion in him, but he always has a crack. The good moments are really good, but definitely heart in mouth stuff when he comes on.

Interesting fellow Chee Kam. I was stoked when we first bought him over from Manly because I thought he was a player who really had a bit of Xfactor about him. Obviously he’s had a checkered time playing with us since, in what has been a pretty unsettling team environment for the past few years.

He can be lazy at times and can certainly do some silly things on the field, but I believe he still has that talent in him that can turn a game on its head like he did the other night. Hopefully, under Madge’s coaching, in a more settled culture and environment, we will see less of his brain explosions and more of the game breaking ability that’s been laying dormant in him for most of his career.

He’s a good utility to have coming off the bench for sure, being able to play either in the forwards or the backs, but imo, his best position is centre and we’ve been crying out for a taller, creative, strong running centre for many years.

Look at the kid in the crowd behind the players when they are celebrating

He has a Broncos jacket on and he starts to take it off and he has a WT’s jersey on under it 😆

Hahahahahaha :rofl: I saw that kid at the game and told him to take that filthy jacket off.😆

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