Criticism drives Tigers to achieve greatness
sanderson@ nemedia.com.au 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