I stated in a thread a couple of months ago that if we win the title, it will be the GREATEST victory by any team in the the NRL that anyone has ever seen, considering the media smear campaign, the inner turmoils, the Benji saga, and all the other adversarial nonsense which has been heaped on us.
Consistently our boys aren’t rated - even Cartwright last night came out after seeing his boys get toweled by a team in second gear and said - “Nah, they won’t win it”
Hindmarsh, Thurston, Fittler, Gould, Sterling, all so called legends, and experts have written us off at various times during the year. (Rabbits in his wisdom has actually stood by his statements early in the year tipping the Tigers)
Or boys are constantly overlooked for representative games - so much so that other teams vying for contracts for our boys actually TELL THEM that you won’t get a blues/qld/kangaroo run playing for the tigers.
This victory will be even sweeter than 2005, mark my words, and to make it even sweeter, it will be against the “fairytale ending to Lockeyers career”
Tigers/Broncos grand final lads.
Tigers by 7 - you hear it here first. :mrgreen:
I dunno, fans always think their team is uniquely ill-favoured by pundits (and refs!) but I don’t think all your points are fair. Gould in particular is hardly short of praise for the Tigers when we’re going well - in fact it’s often difficult to tell whether he has a bigger man crush on Benji or Galloway. In general any doubts about the Tigers tend to be exactly the same things we all worry about - the tendency to clock off, risky options etc.
On origin, while it does seem odd that we’ve had an elite-level team for two years yet only had one origin rep I think there are reasons for that. To start with, two of our franchise players (Marshall and Ellis) aren’t even eligible - if either had been born in Sydney they’d be among the first names on the blues’ team sheet. Then there’s the issue that individual and team form has was crap around origin time this year. For instance, there’s no way you could put your hand on your heart and claim Farah’s form warranted selection this year. Then there was Lawrence’s injury - I’m sure he’d have been picked this season had he been fit. Elsewhere I’d say most of our potential rep players are pretty marginal calls. Ayshford and Heighington are probably the closest but it’s hard to make a case that either demanded selection.
Cartwright, to be fair, is an arse. And I could not agree more about Lockyer.
Off the cuff, Gould is in love with Galloway and the style of game we play, and the excitement our boys generate. Won’t argue there.
However, put him on the sunday footy show, and he’ll discount the team as a whole as a team that can’t seriously vie for the title. - However to be fair, his reasoning is usually sound regarding inconsistency.
The muppets such as Hindmarsh and Thurston have thinly veiled axes to grind, and I stand by what I said regarding Sterlo and Fittler writing us off.
Admittedly I didn’t elaborate in my original post, however rep footy goes back 3-4 years on our players being stiffed. People can counter this with saying that in 2009/2008/2007 our boys were not finals contenders, yet we consistently get several players representing from teams out of finals contention - the sharks, eels, roosters, panthers, sea-eagles and knights (the last two are not quite out of finals contention this year, but the last couple of years they were) who seem to get an unequal sharing of rep players, when their teams have been just as sporadic at making the finals over the last 3-4 years as our guys have.
Having said all this though, the biggest and best thing the team did was believe in themselves. Farahs line after the Parra game was absolutely golden in hindsight. Sheens all year has been beating the same drum “We can do this!”
Heck, I’ve got staunch Bulldogs supporters and Dragons supporters at my work actually CONCEDING that they think the tigers are a smokey for the title! (The dragons supporter doesn’t want to meet our guys in week one - said he’d rather them play the Broncos or Manly!)
The self belief the boys have shown even in the face of the fans bickering, has been the most important part of our run.