Use Australian English|date=August 2012Use dmy dates|date=August 2010Infobox rugby league club | clubname = Wests Tigers | image = - | fullname = Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Club | nickname = | short names = The Tigers, Wests | founded = 27 July 1999 | colours = {{color box|White White
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color box|Black Black | ground = Campbelltown Stadium | ground2 = Leichhardt Oval | ground3 = ANZ Stadium | capacity = 20,000 | capacity2 = 20,000 | capacity3 = 84,000 | ceo = Justin Pascoe | coach = Jason Taylor | captain = Aaron Woods | league = National Rugby League | season = 2015 Season | position = 15th | cap = 245 | mostcap = Robbie Farah | points = 1118 | mostpoints = Benji Marshall | premierships = 1 | premiershipyears = 2005 | runnerups = None | minorpremierships = None | spoons = None | web = | current = 2016 Wests Tigers season | homejersey = | awayjersey = }}The Wests Tigers are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in Sydney's Western Suburbs. They have competed in the National Rugby League since they were formed at the end of the 1999 NRL season as a joint-venture club between the Balmain Tigers and the Western Suburbs Magpies .The Wests Tigers started playing in the 2000 NRL season and won their maiden premiership in 2005. It is one of only two clubs (the other being the Newcastle Knights ) that has never lost a Grand Final in which it has participated. The club also won the World Sevens in 2004.The Wests Tigers have three home grounds: Leichhardt Oval (the home ground of Balmain), Campbelltown Stadium (the home ground of Western Suburbs) and ANZ Stadium as of 2014. They are currently coached by Jason Taylor and captained by Aaron Woods . The club CEO is Justin Pascoe and the general manager is Phil Moss.

History


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Background

In Australia, the game of rugby league began in 1908, the New South Wales Rugby League premiership (NSWRL) had nine teams from the Sydney, Australia area. Two of those teams were clubs based in Balmain and the Western Suburbs who happened to meet each other in round 1 of 1908. Balmain won 24 to 0. The Balmain club, who later adopted a Tiger as their emblem, in their tenure in the NSWRL won eleven premierships in twenty grand finals and was one of the forces in the NSWRL competition. However their last premiership success was in 1969 and in the 1990s with many new clubs being established, there was pressure on clubs to perform to survive in the first grade competition in Australia. The Wests Tigers got their name from their suburb and from their logo.The Western Suburbs club won four premierships in twelve grand finals over the tenure of the NSWRL competition. The Western Suburbs Magpies, like the Balmain Tigers, had a dismal 1990s winning rate, and again there was pressure on the foundation clubs to perform. The NSWRL competition was replaced by the Australian Rugby League competition (ARL) in 1995 due to the expansion of rugby league within Australia.The loss of captain Jarrod McCracken from a spear tackle against Melbourne was a crucial blow.A highlight of their first season is that Wests' Joel Caine claimed the 2000 NRL season 's top point-scorer spot.2001 was a bitter year for the joint venture club, including off-field incidents. After Wayne Pearce announced he would no longer coach the team, Terry Lamb was appointed to the position. This was a controversial selection because of animosity from Balmain supporters due to an incident involving Ellery Hanley in the 1988 Grand Final (see Terry Lamb entry for more information).Early in the season, key players Craig Field and Kevin McGuinness tested positive to prohibited drugs and received long suspensions. Field was the team's halfback and playmaker whilst McGuinness was a leading try scorer for the club.Later in the season another big name player was suspended: John Hopoate earned worldwide notoriety when he was charged with inserting his finger into the anus (pushing the players' shorts) of opposition players. The try was started by five-eighth Benji Marshall, who received the ball from Brett Hodgson (after receiving a down field kick) 98 metres from the opposition tryline. He beat Cowboys five-eighth Johnathan Thurston and Matt Sing . Marshall then ran 60 metres, only to be caught by Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen . He made a flick pass to Pat Richards behind his back, who then fended off Rod Jensen to score.In the second half the Tigers gained control with tries to Anthony Laffranchi and Daniel Fitzhenry . After withstanding a Cowboys fightback, a Todd Payten try on full-time sealed a 30-16 win. Captain Scott Prince was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for 2005.The premiership victory meant that the club joined an exclusive group that won premierships in their first finals appearance, which had not been achieved in almost 100 years. The group also includes Souths in 1908 and Newtown in 1910.At the end of the 2005 season, Wests also signed Malaysian car manufacturer Proton as its major new sponsor on a contract estimated to be worth more than $1 million.

Post Grand Final Failure

Following the premiership win several key players left the club. From the grand final team, Mark O'Neill, and Pat Richards signed with English clubs ( Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors respectively). New signings included Jamaal Lolesi (Bulldogs), Keith Galloway (Cronulla Sharks) and Ryan O'Hara (Canberra Raiders).As defending premiers, the Wests Tigers began the season by travelling to England to play English Super League champions the Bradford Bulls . Missing many of their star players, the Tigers tried hard but were eventually beaten 10-30. After a come from behind win over competition heavyweights St George-Illawarra, the team struggled with injuries to key players. Most notably Benji Marshall and Brett Hodgson missed large portions of the season. The team suffered a number of narrow losses late in games and also two golden point (extra time) matches in controversial circumstances.The Wests Tigers narrowly missed the finals and the chance to defend their title. One highlight of the season was the debut of several players including Chris Lawrence and the emergence of up and coming players such as Dean Collis . Brett Hodgson played for the New South Wales team in the interstate State of Origin series in all three games. Another highlight was an upset win over eventual premiers the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium where a second-string Tigers side missing Hodgson, Marshall, Whatuira and Gibbs beat the more experienced Broncos 20-6.Joining the club for the 2007 season was John Morris (ex Parramatta Eels ) to replace Scott Prince who signed with the Gold Coast Titans . Other players to leave at the end of the 2006 season were John Skandalis , Anthony Laffranchi and Shane Elford - all members of the 2005 grand final team.The Wests Tigers had a bad start to the season losing their opening four games by narrow margins. They then had a six-game winning streak to move into the top four. The Tigers' five-eighth Benji Marshall and full-back Brett Hodgson missed the majority of the season with injuries.The Wests Tigers' ended their attempt at a finals berth and finished the season on a disappointing loss to the Newcastle Knights , 26-24 at the then- Telstra Stadium .The following two seasons ended in the same fashion with the tigers missing out on the finals narrowly in 2008 and 2009 finishing 10th and 9th.In February 2008, the Wests Tigers announced the extension of Benji Marshall 's contract by one year, to the end of 2009. They also announced the signing of Gareth Ellis , the Leeds Rhinos second-rower and international representative, to a three-year deal commencing in 2009.

Return to Finals Football

In February 2010, the Wests Tigers announced the signing of former Rugby Union star Lote Tuqiri for three years, and the signing of Benji Marshall for a further five.2010 turned out to be a positive year for the club, finishing third in the minor premiership competition, narrowly missing out on a grand final spot after losing to eventual premiers St. George Illawarra Dragons in the preliminary final by one point.2011 was another successful season with the Tigers finishing 4th and making the semi finals yet again, where they were defeated by a late try to the New Zealand Warriors in a shock loss.

Decline and Rebuild

Despite being backed as premiership favourites at the start of the season, the Tigers failed to qualify for the finals in the 2012 season finishing 10th.On 25 September 2012, in a press conference CEO Stephen Humphreys and Chairman Dave Trodden announced that Tim Sheens would not be the head coach in 2013 in a restructuring of the club. This came a week after the loss of long term players Beau Ryan and Chris Heighington to the Cronulla Sharks for the 2013 season, and a disappointing 2012 season on the field. Heighington had one year on his contract left while a handshake deal with Ryan had been made back in February.After the disastrous 2012 season, Mick Potter was given the head coaching job on a two-year deal to help rebuild the club. Success was far from achieved with the Tigers missing out on the finals in the 2013 and 2014 seasons finishing 15th and 13th respectively. During this period Benji Marshall left the club at the end of 2013 to rugby union (who later returned to play for the Dragons).In June 2013 Wests Campbelltown sold their shares in the joint venture to Wests Ashfield Leagues and pulled out of the joint venture. It was rumoured that Wests Campbelltown owned less than 20% of the Western Suburbs 100 shares. This sale left Balmain Leagues Club and Wests Ashfield Leagues club with 100 shares each.Head Coach Mick Potter's contract was not renewed at the end of 2014. He finished his tenure at the club with a record of 17 wins and 31 losses.September 17, 2014, with the ongoing financial troubles at Balmain Leagues Club (who by this stage had defaulted on payments to the Wests Tigers) a new shareholder agreement was put into place with the supervision of the NRL. A new seven person board was nominated with two from Balmain Tigers, two from Wests Leagues and three independents. A new NRL deed was issued along with a new Wests Tigers Constitution being drawn up. Mike Bailey continued as Chairman of the Board of Wests Tigers.September 25, 2014 with Balmain Tigers moving into Funding Default to the Wests Tigers, the board nominees from Balmain were withdrawn and with the backing and support of the NRL a new reduced five person board of directors was appointed, with independent Marina Go announced as the new Chairman of the Board.With coach Potter's contract not being renewed, Wests Tigers CEO, Grant Mayer appointed Jason Taylor on the 29th September 2014 on a 3-year deal under the guidance of the new board.

Current Standings


#PWDLGoalsPts
1Brisbane Broncos10802276:11716
2Melbourne Storm10802223:12416
3North Queensland Cowboys10703279:14014
4Cronulla Sharks9702219:15814
5Parramatta Eels10604184:14112
6Canterbury Bulldogs9504173:15210
7Penrith Panthers10505198:19710
8St. George Illawarra Dragons10505105:19810
9Canberra Raiders10415229:2159
10South Sydney Rabbitohs10406204:2198
11Manly Sea Eagles10406178:2268
12New Zealand Warriors10406208:2628
13Gold Coast Titans9306170:2116
14Wests Tigers9306184:2396
15Sydney Roosters9207167:2074
16Newcastle Knights9117102:2933

Recent Matches


Wests Tigers Last 5 Results
DateHomeScoreAwayNotesDetails
28 Mar 2016Wests Tigers0 - 8Parramatta Eels   Details
28 Apr 2016South Sydney Rabbitohs22 - 30Wests Tigers   Details
27 May 2016Brisbane Broncos18 - 19Wests Tigers   Details
23 Apr 2016Canberra Raiders60 - 6Wests Tigers   Details
21 May 2016Wests Tigers20 - 12Newcastle Knights   Details


Wests Tigers Next 5 Matches
DateHomevsAwayNotesDetails
01 Sep 2016Wests TigersvsCanberra Raiders   Details
02 Jul 2016Wests TigersvsPenrith Panthers   Details
04 Aug 2016Wests TigersvsNorth Queensland Cowboys   Details
09 Jul 2016Canterbury BulldogsvsWests Tigers   Details
11 Aug 2016Wests TigersvsGold Coast Titans   Details

Board & Corporate Governance


As at September 25, 2014, Wests Tigers Board of Directors consisted of the following:
  • Marina Go - Chairperson (Independent NRL Appointment)
  • Tony Andreacchio (Wests Ashfield Leagues Board Member)
  • Simon Cook (Wests Ashfield Leagues CEO)
  • Lucio Bartololeo (Independent NRL Appointment)
  • Rosemary Sinclair (Independent NRL Appointment)
  • Balmain Leagues Club have no appointed directors due to the club moving into funding default, and were termed "unfinancial shareholders". Balmain are in debt to the NRL to a sum of nearly AU$5 million, which is due to be repaid on March 16, 2016. Should Balmain Leagues Club fail to repay the loan, the shares will be considered "in default" and will be placed for sale.

    Stadium


    The joint venture draws supporters from the historic bases of Balmain and Western Suburbs. Because they are a joint venture the basic structure of the former teams remains in place including their respective leagues clubs. Balmain no longer have a Leagues Club. The Western Suburbs Magpies have two leagues clubs, one representing their former inner-city base Ashfield, and the other established when they relocated to the outer west in the 1980s Campbelltown.The Wests Tigers do not have a single home but play at a number of grounds each year. Home games are split between traditional games played at the former home grounds of Balmain and Western Suburbs and financial games played at grounds which offer playing incentives.Traditional home games are played at Campbelltown Sports Stadium and Leichhardt Oval , the former home grounds of Wests and Balmain respectively. The grounds are around 50 km apart and attract different supporter bases. Marquee home games were previously played at ANZ Stadium, the former Olympic Stadium used for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. It costs the Tigers $70,000 to play a game at Leichhardt Oval, while they are paid more than $100,000 per game to take matches to ANZ Stadium.From 2004 until 2006, a "home game" was played at AMI Stadium against the Auckland based New Zealand Warriors . This agreement was not renewed for 2007 and in that year a game was played at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford against Melbourne Storm . In 2008, one home game was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground as part of the Centenary of Rugby League celebrations, and also one game at the Sydney Football Stadium .In late 2008, CEO Scott Longmuir announced the Wests Tigers would move from ANZ Stadium at Homebush to the Sydney Football Stadium at Moore Park for the 2009 season. The Wests Tigers also play an annual pre-season friendly game known as the Foundation Cup at the Sydney Football Stadium, against their neighbouring club to the east and main tenant atthe venue, the Sydney Roosters . The name of the Cup reflects the fact that Balmain, Western Suburbs and the Roosters, are the only foundation clubs to have participated in some form in every season of Rugby League played in Australia, since 1908.Stadiums used by the Wests Tigers as home grounds:Present:
  • Campbelltown Sports Stadium (2000-)
  • Leichhardt Oval (2000-)
  • ANZ Stadium (2005-2008, 2014-)
  • Former:
  • AMI Stadium (2004-2006)
  • Allianz Stadium (2008-2013)
  • Colours


    The club's name and logo are a combination of the two partners. The uniform colours are a combination of the black and white of the Western Suburbs Magpies uniform and the black and gold from the Balmain Tigers uniform. The logo combines a modern "in your face" Tiger with a traditional Wests 'V' in the background. There is also a Magpie (taken from the Western Suburbs Logo) on both sleeves of the Jersey.In 2009, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the joint venture, a predominantly white strip with a gold 'V' was unveiled.

    Supporters


    Some notable supporters of the club include Dawn Fraser , Anthony Field , Jimmy Barnes , Harry Triguboff , Michael Clarke, Mark Schwarzer , Daniel Geale , Russell Arnold , and former NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell

    Leagues clubs


    Wests Tigers are supported by several Leagues Clubs - one in the Western Suburbs (Ashfield) and two smaller clubs in the Balmain area (Five Dock and Sydney Markets in Flemington).

    Wests Ashfield Leagues

    Wests Ashfield Leagues (official name: Western Suburbs Leagues Club Ltd) is located on Liverpool Road, Ashfield. The club is the primary financial donor to the Wests Tigers rugby league franchise outside of the subsidy provided by the NRL. In Fin year 2014/2015 was the only Leagues Club which directly subsidized the Wests Tigers Rugby League franchise.

    Balmain Leagues Club

    Balmain Leagues Club was built in 1957. The site was situated on the corner of Victoria Road and Darling Street, Rozelle. The club was the venue for a celebration party after Wests Tigers won the NRL Premiership in 2005.The Leagues Club closed its doors on 28 March 2010, with the former club site now vacant after receiving a notice to vacate the site to make way for the proposed Rozelle Village development to go ahead. The club moved to two smaller club sites - TIGERS Five Dock and TIGERS Sydney Market. As at July 2015 the premises on Victoria Road are still empty awaiting development.

    Former Leagues Clubs


    Wests Leagues

    Wests Leagues Club is located in Leumeah, next door to Campbelltown Stadium , one of the Wests Tigers home grounds. The club opened its doors on August 1974 and it was known as Campbelltown City Leagues Club. It was renamed to Western Suburbs Leagues Club (Campbelltown) LTD in 1987. Wests Leagues is no longer represented on the board or via financial contribution to the Wests Tigers, having sold its shares to Wests Ashfield Leagues in September 2014.

    Kit sponsors and manufacturers


    Year Kit Manufacturer Main Shirt Sponsor Back Sponsors Sleeve Sponsors Shorts Sponsors
    2015 International Sports Clothing Meriton X-Cast Allied Express Rashay's Moment Media

    Season statistics


    SeasonPosPldWDLBFA+/-PtsNotesCrowd*
    200010th 2611213N/A519642−12324 Wests Tigers 2000 12,124
    200112th 269116N/A474746−27219 Wests Tigers 2001 9,294
    200213th 2470172498642−14418 Wests Tigers 2002 10,478
    2003 13th 2470172470598−12818 Wests Tigers 2003 11,995
    20049th 24100142509534−2524 Wests Tigers 2004 16,597
    20054th 2414010267657510132 Premiers
    Wests Tigers 2005
    19,379
    200611th 24100142490565−7524 Wests Tigers 2006 19,266
    20079th 24110131541561−2024 Wests Tigers 2007 16,961
    200810th 24 11 0 13 2 528 560 −32 26 Wests Tigers 2008 16,452
    20099th 2412012 2558 483 75 28 Wests Tigers 2009 17,943
    20103rd 241509 253750334 34 Wests Tigers 201018,086
    20114th 241509 251943089 34 Wests Tigers 201117,852
    201210th 2411013 2506551−45 26 Wests Tigers 201216,227
    201315th 247017 2386687−301 18 Wests Tigers 201311,452
    201413th 2410014 2420631211 24 Wests Tigers 201413,104
    201515th 248016 248756275 20 Wests Tigers 201511,709
    * Average home crowd

    2016 Squad


    Wests Tigers current squad

    2016 Signings/Transfers


    Gains
  • Jack Littlejohn from Manly Warringah Sea Eagles * Michael Chee-Kam from Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
  • Jesse Parahi from Australian Rugby 7's *Justin Hunt from St. George Illawarra Dragons
  • Elijah Taylor from Penrith Panthers * Jordan Rankin from Hull F.C.
  • Josh Addo-Carr from Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks *Joel Edwards from Canberra Raiders
  • Matt Ballin from Manly Warringah Sea Eagles *Tim Grant from South Sydney Rabbitohs Out
  • Pat Richards to Catalans Dragons * Keith Galloway to Leeds Rhinos
  • Tim Moltzen to Manly Warringah Sea Eagles * Te Maire Martin to Penrith Panthers
  • Sitaleki Akauola to Penrith Panthers * Martin Taupau to Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

    Players


    Representative players


    Statistics and records


    Robbie Farah holds the record for most appearances for The Wests Tigers with 245. Having played in every game of the 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 seasons, Chris Heighington previously held the record, with 201 games.The highest point-scorers for the club have been players who have undertaken goalkicking duties for a period. Benji Marshall has scored the most points for the club (1118), followed by Brett Hodgson (786), and Joel Caine (526).

    Wests Tigers "Team of the Century"


    The Wests Tigers Team of the Century was announced in 2004, encompassing the best players from both Balmain and Western Suburbs. Nine Balmain players and eight from Western Suburbs made up the 17 members of the team.Rls|squadname=Wests Tigers' Team of the Century|BC1=darkorange|FC1=black|BC2=black|FC2=white|source=