Canowindra Tigers, 1971
FORMER Sydney rugby league star Greg Hay had an immediate impact when he arrived in Canowindra to take on the Tigers in 1970.
First grade finished the season on joint points with CYMS on top of the ladder, however the Minor Premiership was decided when CYMS won the Major semi-final 12-7 at Wellington.
The Tigers had to play Forbes in the final but found the away from home ground was a disadvantage, going down 19-14 to the eventual grand final winners at Spooner Oval.
In 1971, Hay was in charge again and this time were clear ladder leaders at the end of the competition. Fate befell them again when Greg Hay broke his leg in the final and, for the second year in a row, the Tigers missed the decider.
There was a silver lining for the Tigers who took out the Western Division Caltex Knockout at Parkes in early July, downing Narromine 17-8 in the final.
1971 Western Division Caltex Knockout winners at Parkes. Back row, Ian Jeffrey, Bill Gollen, Eddie Clyburn, Bill Hilton, Greg Hay (C), Allen Carrol, Robert Hilton, Jack Rice, Trevor Simpson, Derry Hines, Peter Ryan. Front row, Danny Seale, Pat Clyburn, Tot Fisher, Jack Earsman, Gary Carpenter, Brian Mcclintock.