Crit­i­cism drives Tigers to achieve great­ness

Wangaratta Chronicle - - O & K Grand Finals Netball League - BY SCOTT AN­DER­SON

san­der­son@ ne­me­ de­lib­er­ate tac­tic, but it has worked for us as a club – it keeps the boys to­gether.

“Win­ning helps that, but so does the crit­i­cism.

“We got a lot of crit­i­cism, a lot of hate, but all that does is mo­ti­vate us to be even bet­ter.

“I’ve got pretty thick skin, and I think our play­ers are the same.”

The thing that stands out about the Tigers, be­yond their im­mense tal­ent, is the loy­alty and mate­ship within the play­ing group, and McPhail said that was some­thing that no amount of money could buy.

“Have we got the most tal­ented bunch of foot­ballers? I don’t know, but one thing I do know is that play­ers have come here and raised their game to new lev­els,” McPhail said.

“Th­ese boys just love the club.

“Blokes have gone away – Lachie (Co­hen) and Shag­ger (Nick Lawrence) left and they came back be­cause they love the club.

“We are not the most pro­fes­sional club, we’re not the most or­gan­ised club, we haven’t got the best fa­cil­i­ties, we don’t pay the most money.

“But they keep com­ing back.”

McPhail la­belled this pre­mier­ship as the most grat­i­fy­ing of all four.

“You know we’ve done it with the points sys­tem, we’ve done it with the salary cap, and now we’ve done it com­ing from third and play­ing four fi­nals – that prob­a­bly makes this one the most sat­is­fy­ing one of all,” he said.

Nick Lawrence (left), Karl Norman (right) and Chris Sussyer (in­set) were among the stand­outs for the Kelly Tigers.

NO club in the league has copped as much flack over the past five years as Glenrowan has.

Year after year de­trac­tors have at­tempted to un­der­mine the Tigers' achieve­ments, yet the club has stood tall through­out it all and con­tin­ued to defy the crit­ics.

Club pres­i­dent Ja­son McPhail, who has been one of the driv­ing forces be­hind Glenrowan’s golden era, said all the knocks had helped forge the Tigers into the un­stop­pable force they have be­come.

“I think our suc­cess comes down to some­thing you wrote, and that’s that we have an us-against-the­world at­ti­tude,” McPhail said.

“I’m prob­a­bly the worst of­fender for cre­at­ing that.

“I don’t think it is a

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