OPINION | It is no time to bury your head in the sand

Crowd concern: There were plenty of spare seats at Campbelltown Sports Stadium when the Wests Tigers played Gold Coast Titans in front of 6891 fans recently. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.
Crowd concern: There were plenty of spare seats at Campbelltown Sports Stadium when the Wests Tigers played Gold Coast Titans in front of 6891 fans recently. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.

Some of the best memories I have as a kid are heading to Campbelltown Sports Stadium with my dad to watch the Western Suburbs Magpies and then the Wests Tigers.

From yelling at one of the touch judges who also doubled as teacher at my primary school, Sackville Street Public, to the joy of scoffing down a hot dog layered in way too much sauce – those memories will always stick with me. That’s why the current situation the club and its Macarthur-based fans find themselves in is particularly sad.

The club – no matter how hard it tries – can’t deny its relationship with local fans isn’t majorly fractured.

Two weeks ago Tiger Talk highlighted a few reasons it thought fans had started to turn their backs on the club.

Last week the fans had their say. Tiger Talk reached out to the club and asked them to respond to readers’ concerns, but a statement from chief executive Justin Pascoe did not directly answer those questions.

That response – or lack of response –  has become an all too common theme regarding anything Campbelltown, and it is the biggest barrier towards restoring peace between both parties.

If the club’s hierarchy won’t think of the business (what it would be like to lose the support of the Macarthur catchment) or about the local lifelong fans, at least think about the kids because they are the ones that suffer most in any relationship breakdown.

I got to enjoy a packed stadium of passionate locals cheering on the club and jeering on the opposition.

But most importantly I was able to forge lifelong memories with my dad while attending those games.

It would be a shame if the club refused to seriously address the Campbelltown conundrum to the point where the relationship became irreparable and other kids missed out on the opportunities I had.

Please, just think of the children.