When I was about ten, maybe eleven, I decided that the Parramatta Eels were not my style. Too soft... I needed a strong team, with a strong mascot and just as importantly, strong colours. The Balmain Tigers were the perfect fit. I'm sure my parents thought there was something wrong with me, they may have considered adopting me out? but they let me be my own boy and stood by and watched as my new beloved Tigers would lose both the '88 & '89 Grand Finals!
I stood by my Tigers.
It would take 17 years before we made it back to the Grand Final. 2005, this time we won 30 - 16 over The North Queensland Cowboys. I watched the game on a huge screen while laying on the lawn of a winery in The Hunter Valley, I was one of very few Tigers supporters there. We were the loudest though! The Tigers have not made it since.
Another 5 years would pass (we still have not made the Grand Final, although we have come close) before I got too live out a dream. I got to be on the field, at the end of the tunnel as the boys ran out (I even got on TV becouse I didn't move out of the way quick enough! Rookie!)... with my camera.
Thanks to my fellow photographer and friend Kerry, I was given the opportunity to photograph a Tigers match. Not just any Tigers match though, a Leichhardt oval Tigers match (ok, it was Monday night game and not a Sunday afternoon game but still!).
It. Was. Awesome!
Note to Sarah - Shooting the Cheerleaders was part of the brief. Honestly!
Disappointment after the Knights scored.
Benji Marshall. I was disappointed I didn't really get a great shot of Benji front on. I guess that's part of the game.
Blake Ayshford with some Newcastle player falling flat on their face :)
Wes Naiqama from the Newcastle Knights. One of my favourite images from the night. This was just before he got put in report for a high shot.
Hopefully i'll get another chance at some more NRL games. Kerry? ;)