Wests Tigers will honour the late Tommy Raudonikis by retiring the number seven jersey across all four grades this Sunday at Leichhardt Oval.
There are also plans for another celebration at the next home game at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in round nine.
Responding to the extraordinary response to the news of Tommy’s passing on the eve of his 71st birthday, the Wests Tigers have gone all out to ensure the tributes match the legend that was Tommy Raudonikis.
Wests Tigers NRL, Knock-On Effect NSW Cup, Jersey Flegg and Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership sides will all take to the field this Sunday in a quadruple-header at Leichhardt Oval, with the respective halfbacks of each side to wear a different playing number on the day.
Each halfback will lead out the respective team on the day, with the number seven jersey from each grade to be placed on the first chair of the club’s bench.
This tribute will be reciprocated across all junior representative and associated teams across the weekend, including Harold Matthews, SG Ball, Tarsha Gale and Ron Massey Cup – the last one coincidentally to be played at a ground Tommy Raudonikis experienced some of his biggest triumphs, Lidcombe Oval.
Also, Wests Tigers NRL side will wear a specially-embroidered version of the club’s 2021 home jersey for the game, which will pay tribute to the Western Suburbs icon.
There will be a special tribute to the talented and passionate halfback prior to the club’s NRL and Knock-On Effect NSW Cup game, with videos to also be played throughout the day.
Wests Tigers will further honour Tommy Raudonikis in the club’s next game at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, which will take place against the Gold Coast Titans in Round 9.
The round will be celebrated by the club as a “Tommy Raudonikis Memorial Round” with further tributes and activities to take place on the day. More details to come on these.
It means this Sunday a packed Leichhardt Oval will be just the start of a massive tribute to Tommy.