Wests Tigers pay tribute to late Tommy Raudonikis

Tribute: Jerseys from the teams the late Tommy Raudonikis played for were placed on the hill at Campbelltown Stadium. Pictures: Wests Tigers
Tribute: Jerseys from the teams the late Tommy Raudonikis played for were placed on the hill at Campbelltown Stadium. Pictures: Wests Tigers

One of the most iconic figures in the history of rugby league was remembered at Campbelltown Sports Stadium at the weekend.

The Wests Tigers paid tribute to the late Tommy Raudonikis - a legend of the Western Suburbs Magpies - during their first Campbelltown home game since his April passing.

The Wests Tigers announced that the eastern stand at the stadium in Leumeah would be renamed the Tommy Raudonikis OAM Stand, as revealed during the match on Saturday evening.

Tommy's family attended the 5.30pm game and delivered the match ball.

The players also donned special black and white jerseys for the occasion, designed to look like the Magpies jumpers of the past.

New name: The eastern stand at Campbelltown Stadium has been renamed to honour Tommy Raudonikis.

New name: The eastern stand at Campbelltown Stadium has been renamed to honour Tommy Raudonikis.

All player jerseys have been signed and will be auctioned off to raise money for one of Tommy's favourite charities - Smart Pups Assistance Dogs.

As of Monday evening, Luke Brooks' number 7 jersey was the most highly sought after, with more than $3000 already bid for the top.

The auction closes on Friday, May 14 from roarstore.com.au.

Saturday's game also saw four of the jerseys Tommy wore throughout his career - the Magpies, Newtorn Jets, NSW Blues and Australian green and gold - displayed on the Campbelltown Stadium hill with a picture of the beloved halfback.

Sadly, the actual match was not as fitting a tribute to Tommy's legacy as the Wests Tigers would have hoped.

The Gold Coast Titans emerged 36-28 victors in the high-scoring affair.

The home side got off to a bad start, allowing the Queensland visitors to steam in for three tries within the first 15 minutes.

The black, orange and white answered with two more, dropping the Titans' lead to only one converted try, but Beau Fermor crossed for another with 10 minutes left on the first half clock.

Gold Coast also opened the scoring after the break, running in two more four-pointers in the 50th and 62nd minutes, before the Wests Tigers kicked back into gear and scored three more late tries, including stand-out Adam Doueihi's try in the 79th minute after David Fifita was sent to the bin.

But there was no miracle levelling of scores on the cards when Doueihi failed to convert his own try.

The Wests Tigers will next face the Newcastle Knights during this weekend's Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

More: weststigers.com.au

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