Exciting young Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma was this week's guest columnist in the 'Tiger Talk' column.


'Tiger Talk' column appears each Wednesday as part of a special four page section on the Wests Tigers in the Campbelltown Advertiser.


Tiger Talk

Walking off Leichhardt Oval soaking wet on Friday night was a tremendous feeling for the Wests Tigers.


To beat the defending premiers Melbourne on our home turf and to secure the vital two competition points was a pleasant feeling for not only the players but for everyone at the Club.


It was tremendous to look up to the hill and the grandstands and see the amount of happy fans and the Wests Tigers flags waving. I may only be knew to the NRL team but the support we receive from our fans is incredible. It was on show on Saturday night when so many of them braved the terrible weather conditions to cheer us on to victory.


The wet weather saw only a small crowd on hand to witness the win but those supporters who were there provided an incredible atmosphere. I can see why our captain Robbie Farah and prop Aaron Woods, both being Balmain juniors, love playing at this ground.


I must admit the ground is fast growing on me too. I have scored two tries there now, both in the right hand corner, at vital stages of the game that helped us secure wins over the Cowboys and now the Storm.


As for the win itself, it was certainly a hard fought game and the conditions made it that. My fellow winger Tim Simona scored a spectacular solo try whilst centre Blake Ayshford finished off one of the best team tries I have ever seen and one that is sure to be a contender for the try of the year. What a try it was. If you havent seen it, check out the Plays of the Week article on weststigers.com.au


I was also very honoured to wear the Balmain Tigers Heritage jersey on the night with the rest of the team. I might have grown up in Campbelltown and am a Wests Magpies junior but the Tigers have a proud and rich history and it was great to pull on their traditional colours. The game worn jerseys are currently up for auction on weststigers.com.au and you have until Friday to make a bid on the jerseys which will be fully signed by the players. So start bidding. I hope my number two jersey goes for a good price. I might have to get my family to make a few bids for me!


I also like to thank the Wests Tigers Members who I had the pleasure of meeting at the annual Wests Tigers Members Day on Sunday. The members are the lifeblood of the Club and it was great to sign autographs and pose for photos with them. I really enjoyed the experience and to share their passion for Wests Tigers.


This Friday night, we play the Sharks away and it will be another tough game. There are a few former Wests Tigers players in their line up so I am sure it will be a game with plenty of feeling. With the bye the following weekend, it is really important we keep the momentum from the win over the Storm going as we try to climb higher up the ladder and put ourselves in contention for the top eight.