Junior Tigers Star On Biggest Stage
The Under-10s All Saints Toongabbie Tigers were the stars of the show when they took on the Logan Brothers at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night, running out to a crowd of more than 50,000 during the half-time break of Origin I.
The Tigers, junior club of David Klemmer, played a fun-filled contest against Logan on the biggest stage, following an exciting lead-up to the Holden Junior State of Origin game. The week began with an exclusive meet-and-greet with the NSW Blues team at the side's official breakfast the morning after the team announcement, where Klemmer presented their official sky blue jerseys and offered them some words of wisdom ahead of their big game.
"I feel pretty privileged to hand these jerseys to you this afternoon," Klemmer told the players. "It’s pretty special.
"You’ve got a big game, representing your club and your family. I remember the first time I got my jersey.
"I was emotional and a bit scared. I didn’t know what to expect."
Klemmer, who began his Rugby League career at the Tigers in the Parramatta District Junior League, was pleased to be a part of the concept, now in it's second year. The team's preparations also included a training session with NSW True Blue and Under-20s coach Danny Buderus, before co-captains Bailey Vang and Lilianah Lewis delivered the match ball and official coin toss for the 2017 Holden State of Origin series opener.