We Think We're Doing It Tough

It’s easy to sit back here and think about how devastated we are, and it seems worse personally for me today ( must be sinking in more) but make no mistake, the players feel exactly the same way. We can’t forget, it doesn’t matter whether these guys are playing for the local A Grade side or our beloved Wests Tigers , they wanted to win atleast as much as we wanted them to. Keep your chin up boys, we’ll be back behind you again next year for another shot. It’s a long off season, and i’ll miss the xcitement of what you guys provide every week.
Enjoy the break, and congratualations on doing your best under what i personally feel were some very tough times for this club throught the year. Proud to be a supporter of Wests Tigers.

Was very happy with our winning streak of 9! Overall beside all the off field crap it was a good season, finished top four had a good win against the Dragons last week. I’m still gutted about the loss but that’s footy guys some one has to lose!
Next year is looking good and if we make the top 2 I think we are more of a chance IMO the week off is like pure gold! If the boys make that their goal and if they achieve it I will be one very happy chappy!

Tigers feel loss but true grit is kicking in
Benji Marshall
September 18, 2011

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Lance Hohaia of the Warriors comforts Robbie Farah of the Tigers after the NRL first semi final match between the Wests Tigers and the New Zealand Warriors at Sydney Football Stadium on September 16, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Crushed … Robbie Farah come to terms with defeat to the Warriors on Friday night. Photo: Getty Images

When it comes to losing, I haven’t experienced worse. To say I am devastated would be an understatement. The loss to the Warriors on Friday night was, I feel, the hardest defeat I have ever experienced. Not just the way we lost - I would prefer to lose by 20 points than do so under those circumstances, leading for most of the game before succumbing in the final few minutes - but this time it was personal, too.

I feel shattered that we could not send our departing teammates out in the way we had hoped. Tim Moltzen has been our best player over the past six weeks and he has now played his last game before moving to St George Illawarra. Bryce Gibbs and Andrew Fifita are moving to Cronulla. And Todd Payten … we couldn’t even stay in the competition long enough to give Toddy, who is retiring, another game. We have all been desperate to send our mates out on a good note but we couldn’t do so. We gave ourselves every opportunity to do it; to give Toddy another game with us.

We missed the chance, yet he won’t get another one.

We felt like we were in control for the entire game but for it to turn around the way it did was heart-breaking. I felt like we stuck to the game plan and things were working for us. But we let it slip. Even today, Saturday, as I write this long after the final whistle, it is difficult to come to terms with the fact that we lost.

I’m not going to complain about the decision to award the Warriors’ final try, either. In rugby league, you always need a bit of luck - a week earlier we received that fortune when I was awarded a try against St George Illawarra. What happened happened. There is nothing anyone can do about it now. They beat us.

But you know what? We’re not going to get down on ourselves for too long. The thing that brought some perspective to the defeat was seeing little Lleyton Giles, our unofficial mascot, in a wheelchair after the game. We are playing rugby league for a living; he is battling for his life. Losing a game, being bundled out in a semi-final, suddenly doesn’t seem so bad. It’s nothing compared to what other people are having to deal with. Consider Simon Dwyer. Months ago he suffered an injury that put his career in jeopardy. Compared to the position he is in, we are still pretty blessed.

We are all devastated to lose, but at the same time, we all feel we have played a role in a good season for the club. We thought we could have gone a bit further, and we probably should have - I think we were the better side on the night - but it wasn’t to be.

It has been a bitter-sweet year. For myself, there have been a lot of ups and downs. It has been very tough for me away from rugby league. It has been the hardest season I have been through. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teammates, friends, family and the coaching staff for helping me through it. Guys like Blake Ayshford and Tim Moltzen were always making sure I was OK. The people who know you best know when you’re struggling, and there have been times during the season when I have struggled. Those friendships don’t change with a loss.

I’d also like to thank all the supporters, who I know will be just as devastated as we are. Like them, we now need to worry about next year. We will get over this, enjoy each other’s company for a while and then set about ensuring we don’t make the same mistake next year.

@Furious1:

It’s easy to sit back here and think about how devastated we are, and it seems worse personally for me today ( must be sinking in more) but make no mistake, the players feel exactly the same way. We can’t forget, it doesn’t matter whether these guys are playing for the local A Grade side or our beloved Wests Tigers , they wanted to win atleast as much as we wanted them to. Keep your chin up boys, we’ll be back behind you again next year for another shot. It’s a long off season, and i’ll miss the xcitement of what you guys provide every week.
Enjoy the break, and congratualations on doing your best under what i personally feel were some very tough times for this club throught the year. Proud to be a supporter of Wests Tigers.

good post!

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