Wests Tigers centre Chris Lawrence was the guest columnist for the weekly 'Tiger Talk' column.
The colum is part of a weekly Tiger Talk feature in the Campbelltown Advertiser each Wednesday.
We may have been beaten but I know we walked off AAMI Park on Monday night proud of our performance.
For us on Monday night, I thought we played very well
against the Melbourne Storm but the pressure of not seeing much ball
and doing plenty of defensive work told in the back end.
are not premiers and world club champions for no reason. However I
thought we threw plenty at them in attack and we looked dangerous at
Our defence was much better than the previous week’s loss to Manly.
took plenty of confidence out of our performance and we will look to
capitalise on this when we take on the rejuvenated St George-Illawarra
Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground this Sunday.
As a Magpies
junior, I will be very proud again to pull on the Western Suburbs
heritage jersey as the Club celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1963
Grand Final between the Magpies and the Dragons.
The Dragons won
the premiership that year but the match is well remembered for the
famous ‘Gladiators’ photo of rivals captains Arthur Summons (Wests) and
Norm Provan (St George).
I speak on behalf of all my team-mates when I say we are very much looking forward to playing on the hallowed turf of the SCG.
played there before and being a sports lover myself, it is a just a
wonderful feeling to be able to run onto the turf that has graced so
many champions in the past.
You can’t help but get caught up in
the history of the SCG, especially in the dressing rooms where you see
endless records of Test cricket centuries scored there and some of the
names that have sat there before us. It certainly does give you a lift.
Tigers have planned a huge range of entertainment and activities to
mark the occasion and I encourage plenty of our fans to head out to the
SCG for what will be a wonderful day.
Players from the 1963 Grand
Final will do a lap of honour before the main game too. It is always
great to remember our past champions so make sure you give them a warm
round of applause.
Tickets are still available for the match. I can’t wait for Sunday.