East to West: fans in full Force
After spending the week on the East Coast, Heath Tessmann was thrilled to see so many Force fans come out to support the team on the other side of the country and remembers it as one of his most favourable memories.
“In the Country game on the weekend when Ian Prior kicked the goal to put us in front right at the end of the game, there was that many Force fans there that it would have drowned out the home team’s crowd,” Tessmann said.
“That was a really enjoyable part of it.”
Tessmann came on in the second half of the game against Queensland Country and played a vital part in the win after setting up a crucial try stealing the ball from the back of a line out.
The Hooker said he was happy with how the team responded to the loss against the Canberra Vikings and bounced back to win against Queensland.
“It was a big tour for us we were playing the two finalists from last year’s competition we really wanted to work hard and get the two wins from that little tour, unfortunately, we fell over in the first game, but I think we all responded well as a group with that win,” he said.
Returning to a familiar space, Tessmann had a blast from the past visiting his old stomping grounds during the teams week on the Gold Coast and believes that the tour has given the boys a chance to bond off the field.
“For a few of us like myself, Ian Prior and Rod Davies training at our old club in Brisbane at the University of Queensland was really enjoyable,” he said.
The Queensland born forward was really impressed with how the team progressed over the first couple of games and with only three games left in the NRC Tessmann is hoping the Force finish them with big wins.
“It was really enjoyable watching the team progress with those first games and really setting a good standard on how we want to play throughout the tournament,” he said.
“Like we’ve said it is a sprint this tournament and we are already over the half way point. We have got three games left and we just want to finish them off well.”
Back at home for this Sunday’s game against the Sydney Rays, Tessman is looking forward to seeing the loyal Perth fans turn up to #fillthehill once again.
“The Eagles footy will be done on Saturday this weekend and everyone can turn out on Sunday for a nice relaxing day, so they can come down and fill the hill and relax on a nice Sunday at McGillivray.”
The Force host the Sydney Rays at UWA Sports Park on Sunday, September 30. Kick off at 3pm.