Canowin­dra Tigers, 1971

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - By GEOFF MANN

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.

Canowin­dra Tigers:

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.

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