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@JoshColeman99 said in Elijah Taylor Final Game:

Obviously tonight is all about the two club legends but Elijah Taylor deserves a lot of thanks for everything he’s done at the club

When he first joined us a few years ago he improved us massively. His defence and ball playing at lock often helped us win games and he was a key leader in our squad.

As he got older and slowed down a little being a smaller forward lead to his performances slowing down but no matter what he battled through everything and gave 100% effort every time he was on the field

Never shied away from doing the tough stuff never complained about being dropped, always did his best to improve himself as a player even in his older years and a great leader at the club and a great example of how to be a professional and hard working player.

On behalf of all Wests Tigers fans, thank you Elijah for everything you’ve done for the club. Personally I’m very sad to see you go ❤

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Well said Josh. He deserves acknowledgement for his effort and professionalism.

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@hsvjones said in My 2 cents on the Result:

@Goanna57 said in My 2 cents on the Result:

@hsvjones said in My 2 cents on the Result:

That’s the reason why Madge is turning over players and cleaning out the rubbish…
The culture needs changing and he is the man to do this.
We have brought a lot of talented young players and once we can offload the Reynolds, Packer & Mbye Madge can use that money on some bigger named players that know how to perform consistently…
I’m 100% behind what Madge is dong and in about 2 years we will all look back on this season and letting these under performing players go and ask WHY DID WE WAIT SO LONG…

So the way team is playing is all on the players nothing to with the coach. Conceding 26 points 10 games in a row new nrl record absolutely no improvement back end of season or on season 18/19.Titans 5 in a row back end of season showing good improvement,warriors improved. But our squad is so poor we are going backwards team finished 9th last 2 years but it’s all the players nothing to do with Maguire

Mainly on the players and has been for years… NOT MADGE signings

Also add that we have had one of the toughest finishes to the season with mainly playing top 8 teams compared to others.

I’ve said it before and say it again, With the squad Madge has he has done and excellent job getting us to finish in 10th when most coaches would of been in the bottom 4 teams with this team.
2.5 to 3 Mil of your salary cap on Rubbish so that’s like 25% of your cap wasted.
You go through every other team and see there top 4 earning players and see what they bring to there teams compared to our so call top 4… Please Note - Not 1 of them were signed by Madge so hard to blame him…

When he gets the hard working players he wants you will see a different result and if that doesn’t happen then it’s on Madge… Until then I’m solid on Madge

Completely agree!

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@Goanna57 said in Benji Marshall:

@supercoach said in Benji Marshall:

Benji had a real chance tonight to leave the game with people still connecting him to theTigers and his wonderfull contributions over a long period of time. If he walked he could earn the same money either at Fox or in a role at Tigertown, but either pride or ego will not allow him to do that and I think he is making a big mistake. Although the media will overlook his bad games and shower him in praise when he has a good game. Chris Lawrence showed us how to bow out with grace and dignity

So now you and others are telling others how to lead their life
If he or anyone else wants to keep working in that field so be it . Benji will always be connected to Wests tigers if he wants to play on more power to him and if someone does sign him it proves him right

Having thought about it, I agree with you Goanna. My first thinking was that Benji should quit while he is ahead, remembered for his wonderful creative flair and ability to lay on tries. Like a lot of people, I agree with the club’s decision not to resign him. It was a financial move but also a reflection of a desire to develop a more hard edged, consistent and younger halves combination. However, if Benji wants to play on, that’s his own decision and he’s earned the right to leave on his own terms. I really hope he doesn’t taint his legacy by playing one season too long but if he does, it’s reflection of the risk he was willing to take. I will always remember him as the most exciting Rugby League player I ever saw and, perhaps, the most gifted. Thank you for all the joy you brought to the game Benji!

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Absolute champion! You’d think he was a born and bred Tigers local, the way he put his body on the line and gave 100% in every single minute of every game. He will be a big loss but, hopefully, he will have shown a few of our players what commitment and professionalism actually looks like. He’s already an ornament to the game and I wish him the best in the rest of his career which is bound to be a long and illustrious one.

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@Fade-To-Black said in The Way Coaches Carry Themselves:

@stevied said in The Way Coaches Carry Themselves:

This topic may or may not interest readers but I thought I’d put it out there.
The manner in which coaches speak to the media, particularly after games provides some stark contrasts. I was watching the sports highlights package on Fox this morning and I saw Justin Holbrook and Adam O’Brien speak. I thought Holbrook was really easy to listen to. Composed, intelligent and with a sense of humour. And before people say, it’s easy after a win, I will add that I have seen him front the media in the same composed, amiable manner after heavy losses earlier in the season! O’Brien doesn’t have the greatest voice but what he has to say is honest, realistic and positive.
I wonder if the two coaches’, particularly Holbrook’s personality are significant factors in their team’s recent success.
Compare Madge and he seems reticent and colourless. Don’t get me wrong, I like Maguire and I think he’s the right man for the job, but I don’t think he’s the most interesting coach to listen to.
Obviously, it comes down to personal taste but I find Robinson and Desi to be two of the better ones while Bennet is a dead bore!
Holbrook was a class act when he was interviewed on 360 straight after he got the Titans job, he seemed like a really good fella. Good luck to him, he makes a refreshing change from some of the other muppets. Cannot stand the arrogant way Bennett says ‘ok’ after every statement he makes like his opinion is the only thing that matters. Kent does it all the time on 360 and Gus does it as well.

Completely agree with your summation Fade! Holbrook seems like a class above at this early stage.

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@Masterton said in The Way Coaches Carry Themselves:

@stevied said in The Way Coaches Carry Themselves:

I wonder if the two coaches’, particularly Holbrook’s personality are significant factors in their team’s recent success.

IMHO, Newcs are the worst team for being hot and cold this year. Not the sign of a great coach.

Not sure if it is a coach failing but you are dead right about the Knights’ inconsistency.

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@Telltails said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

If JAC doesn’t come off I see some value in signing Rapana especially if it helps get the best out of BJ.

Nah, at 31, it’s another short term, injury risk and, how fast is he now?

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This topic may or may not interest readers but I thought I’d put it out there.
The manner in which coaches speak to the media, particularly after games provides some stark contrasts. I was watching the sports highlights package on Fox this morning and I saw Justin Holbrook and Adam O’Brien speak. I thought Holbrook was really easy to listen to. Composed, intelligent and with a sense of humour. And before people say, it’s easy after a win, I will add that I have seen him front the media in the same composed, amiable manner after heavy losses earlier in the season! O’Brien doesn’t have the greatest voice but what he has to say is honest, realistic and positive.
I wonder if the two coaches’, particularly Holbrook’s personality are significant factors in their team’s recent success.
Compare Madge and he seems reticent and colourless. Don’t get me wrong, I like Maguire and I think he’s the right man for the job, but I don’t think he’s the most interesting coach to listen to.
Obviously, it comes down to personal taste but I find Robinson and Desi to be two of the better ones while Bennet is a dead bore!

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Focusing on the signings, this is what I hope transpires (but doubt will all eventuate)

  1. Rapana to Storm/ JAC comes to us.
  2. Reynolds to ESL/ we sign Burton
  3. Packer to Saints or Manly (with our subsidy)/ we sign Hetherington
  4. We sign Staines
    If we managed to achieve the first 3, we’d really be travelling in the right direction. Unfortunately, so much hinges on Reynolds and Packer…
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@bathursttiger1 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@tigerap said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

What happened to Bunty coming across the dutch?

Still swimming.

That’s really funny!