Tigers still prowling

THEY can't make the finals, but the Tinana West Tigers are desperate to generate some momentum for next season.

In their first season as a merged team, the winless Tigers have struggled to make an impression on the Fraser Coast League and the Four Cities League.

But contrary to some people's thoughts, Tigers captain Blake Spoor, speaking on the eve of tonight's clash against Gympie Diggers, said the spirit in the squad remains positive.

"One thing I can say is we've probably got the best turn-up rate at training. Most times we've got one person from the squad of 18 players in first division not there which shows everyone is always there to train and haven't dropped their heads," he said.

"Despite the big losses we've still got blokes fighting for spots in the team, and in terms of players disappointed because we haven't won a game this year, they still turn up and will continue to improve if they're there."

The possibility of going through the year without a victory is firming with each defeat, but Spoor said critical to the Tigers breaking their duck this season was self belief.

"A lot of the guys have come along in leaps and bounds on the track and have to realise they can do that on the day," the 30-year-old said.

"They've just got to believe in themselves because if you see them at training they perform unbelievably, but unfortunately we're struggling to translate that to our matches."

The Tigers have games against every team in the competition on the horizon, and Spoor knows it's important the side finishes the year well.

"If we finish on a high, a lot of people will take that into the following year and they'll forget the poor performances at the start of the year," he said.



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