Wests Tigers fans hope for season like 2005

Scott Prince scores in the semi-final against the Brisbane Broncos in 2005. It was a good year. Picture: Getty Images
Scott Prince scores in the semi-final against the Brisbane Broncos in 2005. It was a good year. Picture: Getty Images

AS WE approach this Saturday's 15th anniversary game, many Wests Tigers fans have spent this week looking back over the past 15 years at their favourite moments supporting their club.

And who can go past 2005? No one. I can't.

We saw our team win a grand final when 99 per cent of the rugby league community said we wouldn't.

But my highlight wasn't so much the grand final that year.

My fondest memory was being at the second semi-final against the Brisbane Broncos at the SFS.

There I was, with my family, watching the team I had supported since I could remember (the Magpies before the Tigers) in a semi-final, with 30,000 other fans who had gone through previous years similar to mine.

There weren't many times of cheer the previous 15 years.

I'd travel all over Sydney with my dad.

I remember watching a game at Penrith, refusing to leave early despite being down 60-0, in case I missed a Magpies' try.

We'd plan interstate holidays to coincide with Wests being there, too.

We'd leave our holiday more stressed than when we got there.

But that day at the SFS in 2005 was the day I knew my team was going to do the lap of honour at the last game of the season.

After the 34-6 win, I knew nothing would stand in the way of a Wests Tigers premiership.

And everyone in the stadium knew it, too.

We went on to beat St George Illawarra and then the Cowboys to claim the maiden premiership.

But it wasn't just the club's first, it was the first premiership for many fans.

Nine years on and our team is sitting sixth after 10 rounds.

In 2005 we were sitting near the bottom after 10 rounds.

Who knows?

This season could be looked back on even more fondly than 2005.

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