HE’S BACK: Westlawn Tigers have been buoyed by the return of Premier League player Sheldon O’Laughlin.
HE’S BACK: Westlawn Tigers have been buoyed by the return of Premier League player Sheldon O’Laughlin. Debrah Novak

FOOTBALL: Tigers struggle in opening rounds

FOOTBALL: Westlawn Tigers have had a tough start to the North Coast Hotel Group Premier League season finding themselves on the bottom of the ladder after three consecutive losses.

The injured Tigers line-up missing key players captain James Joyce and Matt Cheney have faced tough opposition including their latest 10-0 defeat at the hands of the Boambee Bombers.

The youthful pack of Tigers who have risen through the ranks to Premier League are just finding their feet in the top flight and Cheney believes it will just take some time.

"We just got a few players that it is their first season in Premier League," he said. "The speed of the game is much faster and they are just trying to keep up with that.

"You have to move the ball fast and move off the ball fast and that is something that they are learning.

"The loss to the Bombers was a really good lesson in football and we were on the wrong end of it."

But it is not all gloom for the Tigers who have been buoyed by the return of regular Premier League starter Sheldon O'Laughlin who had left the game for education commitments.

O'Laughlin will add another level of experience to the youthful Tigers outfit and will link up with a few of his former Under 16s charges who have joined Premier League after their Premiership last season.

"That is a big win for our club," Cheney said. "Sheldon is a great player and it is great to have him back for the Tigers."



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