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  1. Ron's_Mate

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    Sep 27, 2004
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    A solid foundation: How Tigers made $1 million in two weeks
    By Adrian Proszenko
    7 April 2018 — 5:00pm

    During the past fortnight, Wests Tigers supporters have been investing financially, as well as emotionally, in their club. The result is a $1 million windfall for the organisation.

    At a time when 15 of the 16 NRL clubs are in the red, the joint-venture outfit has sought an alternative way to raise funds, through the newly created Wests Tigers Foundation.

    The initiative, established with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF), invites fans to make a tax-free donation at weststigersfoundation.com.au that will go towards the club’s elite development, community engagement and heritage recognition.

    The program has only just been launched, but already is paying off, the faithful pledging a seven-figure amount to the Tigers over a four-year period. Officials stress that it is just the beginning and have encouraged other supporters to contribute to the club’s success now that the program has been launched publicly.

    “It’s one of the most significant and ambitious projects the club has ever undertaken over the last 18 years,” Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe said.

    “We spent a lot of time with Richmond and Geelong, two clubs in the AFL, that gave us evidence-based studies to justify what we’re doing and make sure we’re doing it the correct way.

    “Those clubs have generated about $10 million each in donations. We’ve spent a lot of time down there and it’s about getting it right the first time.

    “It has become increasingly apparent that there is a correlation between those clubs that spend a lot of money in football departments and where they finish on the table.

    “We will be giving our investors dividends, which is on and off-field results.

    “It’s not finite, it will continue. Why wouldn’t people want to invest in a business seeking to becoming a dominant player in the NRL?”

    Rugby league clubs have historically struggled to make ends meet. Some have the luxury of being linked to rich leagues club, but even they can’t afford to rely solely on revenue derived from poker machines.

    While memberships, gate takings and merchandise sales will always be important, the Tigers have now followed the lead of AFL clubs in generating money through the ASF. In 2016-17, the ASF raised $44.75 million for Australian sport, just a tick under $20 million of those funds going to Australian rules football. Rugby league, by comparison, was 12th on the list of sports for donations with just $429,312.

    The Tigers have made huge strides on and off the field, but the income stream is vital to ensure coach Ivan Cleary’s side can compete with cashed-up rivals. The club has secured $5.5 million worth of state government funding to begin the refurbishment of its outdated Concord headquarters, but every additional dollar counts to ensure the players have appropriate infrastructure.

    A committee has been established to ensure the money is properly distributed to areas including the football department, the club’s 60 community programs and the acknowledging of former players.

    “It’s about fast-tracking the process of realising our ambition to be a dominant club in the NRL, than if we just went down a traditional path,” Pascoe said.

    “It’s not about the arms race of football spend, it’s about levelling the playing field.

    “That could be from high-performance equipment to camps, to facility upgrades to recovery and rehabilitation equipment to staffing increases or specialist coaching additions.

    “This is for all fans and members, it is an opportunity for them to be a part of a future that they can help shape.

    “Anyone can be a part of the vision. They can come on the journey with us.”

    The Tigers have exceeded all expectations this season, cementing a spot in the top eight despite being handed a horror draw that pitted them against the top teams from last year.

    Last edited: Apr 7, 2018
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  2. Tigerm

    Tigerm Juniors

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    They have certainly got some vision.
  3. Ron's_Mate

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    High-flying Tigers hope to maintain altitude by dodging Origin flak
    By Christian Nicolussi
    20 April 2018 — 5:28pm

    The fairytale start to the season for the Wests Tigers could continue for some time yet, with not a single player expected to be dragged away for the rugby league beast that is State of Origin.

    Luke Brooks has been one of many stars for the Tigers after six rounds and been talked up as a bolter for the NSW No.7 jersey.

    He will do his chances no harm with a big game against long-serving Blues incumbent Mitchell Pearce in Tamworth on Saturday evening.

    But Brooks is long odds at best for NSW and, with no other Tiger in the mix for the bumper interstate series, the joint venture will remain intact during the dreaded six weeks that can make or break campaigns.

    The Tigers have had former players James Tedesco and Aaron Woods – two of their best in recent years – hauled away for rep duty. But they are now with the Roosters and Bulldogs respectively.

    Tigers veteran Chris Lawrence said the club felt loss of Woods in particular because of a lack of depth up front.

    Tigers flyer David Nofoaluma agreed, telling Fairfax Media this week: "It was always hard when those two players left.

    "But last year we had two stars; this year we've got 17 stars.

    "We don't have to worry about Origin time, and if we have no players involved in rep footy, it will only benefit us.''

    Coach Ivan Cleary is only concerned about beating Newcastle on Saturday, but even he would have taken a sneak peek at the draw over the coming months and wondered how rival teams might be impacted.

    Such a luxury will not be afforded to Sydney rivals St George Illawarra, the Roosters or Penrith.

    The Panthers could have up to three players for NSW and the Roosters perhaps six, including possible Origin debutants Latrell Mitchell and Luke Keary.

    The the table-topping Dragons could trot out an incredible seven hopefuls: Ben Hunt is a Queenslander, Tyson Frizell will be one of the first picked for NSW, and Euan Aitken, Cam McInnes, Jack de Belin, Paul Vaughan and Tariq Sims could all figure.

    The Tigers will play the Roosters minus their rep stars in round 13 leading into Origin I.

    They also benefit from the long turnaround after the Denver Test, when a Sunday afternoon game against the Titans will give potential Kiwi representatives Elijah Taylor, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer, Benji Marshall and Esan Marsters five days to recover.

    The Dragons, who have English stars James Graham and Gareth Widdop, have just 48 hours to overcome the long-haul flight and be ready for the start of round 16.

    While the stand-alone Origin weekend will help ease the workload for the representative players, the biggest issue has been the mental fatigue always felt for a few weeks after the series.

    The Tigers dodge that bullet.

    Marshall has played the game long enough and seen the toll that Origin takes on clubs, including the Broncos last year.

    The Tigers pin-up, however, said he wanted to see as many of his Tigers teammates as possible on the big stage.

    "It means we're being rewarded for our good start if we have guys there,'' said Marshall, who has already backed Brooks to handle the big arena if selected.

    "Every team I've been in, the rep players are willing to back up," Marshall said.

    "Origin is a big part of our game and a big spectacle, and we need to encourage it, so I'd rather my teammates go and play. If they can't back up, they can't back up. It just means we get someone else in.''

    The Tigers have stunned everybody with their blazing start and will remain entrenched in the top four should they beat the Knights in the bush.

    Marshall has also been outstanding during his Tigers second coming.

    Whether the 33-year-old plays on beyond this season is not something he has thought long and hard about.

    "But I won't go anywhere else. If I play on, it will be here, and if I don't, I'll still be here,'' Marshall said.

    Christian Nicolussi

    Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. Old Time Tiger

    Old Time Tiger Juniors

    Apr 6, 2010
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    However, the Tigers will lose players to the 'International' games.
    NZ V England, Tonga V Samoa and PNG V Lebanon all on Saturday 23rd June

    So, Tigers could lose Packer, Matulino, Marshall, Taylor, Aloia & Marsters, to the Kiwi's based on current form but who knows?

    Lolohea to Tonga, Twal to Lebanon you'd expect are certs.

    What the Tigers want is for anyone who is selected to come through without issues and ready for the Titans game on July 1, at Leichhardt.

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