Wests' Jack Hickson celebrates a try against Souths Sharks in the 2019 RLM A-Grade semi-final.
Wests' Jack Hickson celebrates a try against Souths Sharks in the 2019 RLM A-Grade semi-final.

‘Tin sheds for no pay’: Tigers doing it for the Valley

WESTS are happy to go back to a simpler time of “tin sheds for no pay” if it means getting back on the field this season, says Tigers coach Craig Menkins.

Menkins welcomed yesterday’s confirmation of a Rugby League Mackay and District senior season, adding his club felt obligated to stay involved for the sake of the Pioneer Valley community.

“You think about previous generations of Wests players, when they played out of tin sheds for no pay … when we had a meeting, not one player said they didn’t want to play. Regardless of the money or whatever, they want to play for the Tigers,” Menkins said.

“Everyone is on board and I’m just so happy about that.”

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Wests Tigers coach Craig Menkins (third from left) with new recruits Paul Roberts, Evander Cummins, Sam Cook, Alex Farrell and Kurt Wiltshire.
Wests Tigers coach Craig Menkins (third from left) with new recruits Paul Roberts, Evander Cummins, Sam Cook, Alex Farrell and Kurt Wiltshire.

The Tigers are one of just four Mackay clubs left to fight it out for the 2020 premiership, alongside Brothers, Magpies and Carltons.

Whitsunday, Sarina, Moranbah and Souths all pre-empted a call on the senior competition and withdrew their sides.

Mackay is one of the few community rugby league competitions in Queensland to have stayed the course throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Menkins labelled the return to play “great for rugby league” and promised the Tigers would do everything they could to help support their fellow Mackay clubs as the season progressed.

“We’ll be doing our best for our sponsors and the Pioneer Valley community,” he said.

“But we know other clubs are also trying to get back on their feet and it’s important we do all we can.

“Hopefully we can get some really big crowds out to games. I’m sure there’s plenty of people that will be dying to get off their couch and watch some football.”


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