Tigers heartbreak

I was in the stands with my 8 year old today, I saw his lip start to shake when the Video Ref’s decision was pending. It looked ominous. When “Try” went up he couldn’t hold back and the tears rolled out. Warriors fans jeering us. There chants ringing in our ears on the way out.

Remined me of my own childhood. The first few heartbreakers are oh so tough.

Chin up Kid! There’ll be plenty more nights like these but we’ll win it one day and you’ll remember it forever,

I still remember seriously not being able to speak after the 89 GF. I was just unbelievably shattered.

The thing about being a Tigers fan is that there’s a hell of a lot more pain than pleasure.

This is the way it is though and I wouldn’t change a thing. Being a Tiger and having mates who bleed black and gold is one of the greatest things in my life. My wife never used to watch footy…she wasn’t even born in Aus…but she’s now a Tiger tragic and was fighting back tears after the game tonight. It’s a painful thing at times!!! :slight_smile:

Having said all that, I have an 18 month old son…not sure I want to put him through it all one day! LOL :slight_smile:

The kid next too me was going off as well. First time in the whole game he got fired up. You could hear the disappointment in his voice. Almost felt sorry for him knowing he had years of this to come.

Mate… I felt the same way.

Probably said the “F” word a few more times though!

Wow so sorry guys am a bit dismayed but guess what we were there aye and we played hard but there is no point dissecting it like Timmy just said we gotta move on and look forward to next year. I am heartbroken and have that 89 feeling but am more disappointed for Bryce and hope he can recover for the start of next year for Cronulla. To Bryce I say well played kid you won a Gf ring with us and I will miss you son I really will , to Flanno thanks mate the Nrl is tough but you gave it a real good go.Moltz all the best buddy you are a diamond we let go and I know you will make us rue that one day next year. To the kids who have that empty feeling it’s part of being a tiger fan and things will get better just wait and see. Gawd go the TIGES to win it in 2012 the year of prophecies and gloom. Damn.

It will make it all the more sweeter when we win next year. I had to explain to my 4 year old that the tigers aren’t playing footy any more this year and he cried. Heartbreaking.

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its a rollercoaster. it was a steep fall after last week’s victory. thats life

The memory’s of last years dragons game came flooding back last nite… so close but yet so far… 2 years in the semis I hope will put us in a better position next season… My two girls were as shattered as I was… Can only hope they don’t have to wait 30 years to win another GF… Chin up lads it all starts again in a few months…

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Shattered but that’s football. Here’s something for everyone to ponder to make us all feel better:

-We have a gun in Blair coming to the club.

  • We’ll have the best halves pairing in the comp next year.
  • We’ll have the best centre pairing in the comp next year.
  • Our young gun forwards (woods,Groat,BMM) will have another preseason under their belts and will get better.

The upshot is that we’ll have size and experience next year coupled with the best back line in the comp. The pain of last night will be but a distant memory next year when Robbie holds the trophy above his head in celebration.


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looks like the SFS round finals time is not a friendly playing ground for us, think we’re jinxed at that place.

I’m mostly disappointed because I have to now watch teams I dislike run around for another two weeks, then wait 6 months for this tremendous rollercoaster to start again.

Not as sad as versing Dragons last year, when Keefy made the break on fulltime ,

That Friday night game against the Knights at the end of the '07 or '08 season had me walking around like I was in a coma for the entire weekend.


Forlorn Tigers reliving '89 after NRL exit
David Beniuk
September 17, 2011 - 3:39PM


It was meant to be their year, but it ended with the forlorn figures of Wests Tigers stars slumped to the Sydney Football Stadium turf in scenes reminiscent of 1989.

The sight of Wayne Pearce on his haunches that year after a second straight grand final loss, cruelly in extra time against Canberra, is one of the defining images in Tigers’ history.

Current captain Robbie Farah’s despair at fulltime, after his side’s nine-game winning streak was ended 22-20 by rank underdogs the Warriors, might become another.
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“It felt that way,” Balmain’s hooker from `89 Benny Elias told AAP.

"We were always going to win that one and I think in `89 we were always going to win.

"Even at halftime we were thinking about victory and I think the same happened yesterday.

“Unfortunately like a thief in the night it just crashed in the 12th hour. It just got us - boom.”

Elias was referring to the bizarre 78th minute try from Warriors centre Krisnan Inu that put one of the NRL’s best rosters out of business with two weeks to go in the competition.

Farah and coach Tim Sheens refused to dissect the decision after Friday night’s devastating loss but Tigers boss Stephen Humphreys said the strange nature of the try had only made it harder.

“For it to happen so late in the game and in such unusual circumstances, I think that does kind of add something to it but at the end of the day it is what it is,” Humphreys said.

“The fact that we did feel in control of that game and then for it to be taken at the last minute, and it quickly sunk in that that was the last time that group would be playing together, so (those two things) added something to it.”

Farah was still feeling the pain on Saturday, using Twitter to express his feelings.

“Absolutely gutted but proud of (the) boys and the effort we put in all year,” he wrote.

“Losing some of my brothers who it’s been a joy to play with and will be friends for life.”

They include fullback Tim Moltzen (St George Illawarra), forwards Bryce Gibbs and Andrew Fifita (both Cronulla) and assistant coach Peter Gentle (Hull).

Melbourne’s Adam Blair, Parramatta’s Joel Reddy and Penrith’s Matt Bell are their major signings, but Humphreys said the club needed to come to terms with what had just happened before drawing up plans for 2012.

“We’ll let that happen naturally and we’ll regroup and refocus and recommit to next year,” he said.

“I’m confident that the ultimate prize of a premiership, which is highly sought after and very difficult to get, is achievable for this group over the next few years.”
Internet fan forums were flooded with comments on Saturday with one supporter, known online as FootyJimmy, posting his devastation on website weststigersforum.com.

“I was in the stands with my 8 year old today, I saw his lip start to shake when the Video Ref’s decision was pending,” he wrote.

"It looked ominous. When “Try” went up he couldn’t hold back and the tears rolled out.

"Warriors fans jeering us. Their chants ringing in our ears on the way out.

"Reminded me of my own childhood. The first few heartbreakers are oh so tough."

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