First up I would like to say that on the night the best side won and many congrats to the shaggers. They ran it harder and they hit us harder. Their little men cut us to shreds.
To our boys - it was a frustrating year right from round one. Some heartbreaking injuries, some shocking losses, some inspired victories….the club was in turmoil mid season and we pulled it together to win 9 straight and charge into the finals. Superb effort by all involved. They say being a tiger man is a rollercoaster ride and for the past 30 years I have experienced it all. Season 2011 was no different.
To the boys leaving us…Brycey, Moltz, Flanno and Macca thankyou for mostly wearing our jumper with pride …especially Gibbo. Such a shame you couldnt go out on top. Look forward to watching your careers in the years to come. You will all always be tigers…just former from now on.
To the tigers fans cheers for another great year of heated arguments, passion filled discussions and mateship - both at the games and on here. Heaps of fun and something that I’ll always come back to.
As for the game tonight, I thought we looked tired. It has been such a gargantuan effort just to make the 8 that I’m sure it has taken a lot out of the boys and they tried hard but for mine watching live at the game, the outcome was almost inevitable as soon as the second half started. I agree with those who have said that Gall, Woodsie, Fults and Moltz were our best tonight. We looked good at stages but overall they were making it out of their end with such apparent ease that I was dreading the final 15 minutes. Unfortunately we couldnt hang on.
As for season 2012, there is a lot to be excited about…We are welcoming good players in Reddy and Humble, an international in Blair, a rejuvenated Chris Lawrence and maybe someone else to boot ( theres always an off season surprise…). Not to mention Lui has come along nicely, Woods is now an established front rower with a massive future, Groat is improving, Beau had his best season ever, Aysh and Heighno are constantly improving as well. Gareth, Benji, Robbie and Gall should go on the 4 nations tour and return more complete players. We are still young enough and hungry enough to mix it with the best again next year.
…and lastly, to that meatheaded coconut sitting behind me tonight, who caused havoc at full time, I hope your head is as sore as my hand is …
Alright I’m off to the casino to finish the night off before heading home tomoz…Peace out Tiger clan, keep your chins up, tomorrows a new day.