Tigers' culture helping overcome player losses

NORTHS Tigers take on a West End side at North Ipswich tomorrow with its confidence renewed after last week's win over Brothers.

The premiers also hit back to record a win last week, but made hard work of their victory over Swifts.

But the fact they won and are equal top of the ladder, despite an extensive injury list, proves they are doing something right.

"Something has changed in the last couple of years," Norths prop Brad Oddi said.

"We used to lose those tough games. Now we're finding a way to win."

Norths' resilience will be tested further after losing prop Tuuta Manu (personal commitments) and Chris Scanlan (stitches) for this round.

It will mean more work for the veteran front rower, but he has faith in the depth at the club to cover.

"Losing Chris is going to be a big loss in the middle because of the work he does," Oddi said. "But we've got depth this year. It means I can retire at the end of the year."

Depth is one thing but Oddi also believes the positive culture at the club has given the players confidence in tight situations.

"We're not playing pretty, but as long as we're winning," Oddi said.

"Once we get some of our better players back it's going to put us in good stead.

"You can see everyone's willingness to play for each other.

"Even the young guys coming in are having a ball. The club's got a good culture at the moment."

In the weekend's other match Goodna and Swifts are both coming off losses with the Eagles a chance of emerging from the weekend alone atop the A grade ladder if they can win.

Swifts need a win if they are to get off the bottom of the ladder.

Ladder: Norths 8, Goodna 8, Brothers 8, West End 6, Fassifern 4, Swifts 4.


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