This was no way to farewell a great

You are playing at home, against a team in the same spot on the ladder, with your season on the line. I would have thought that in itself would be enough motivation to leave everything on the paddock.

If that doesn’t get the competitive juices flowing, let’s throw in the fact that last time you played this team, they came back from 28–6 down at halftime to beat you. And then for good measure, let’s rule out their best player, then have their second-best player leave the field with an injury after 27 minutes. Does this sound like an opportunity you want to grab with both hands?

How about if one of the club’s most-loved players of all time was departing the next day, and the entire evening was meant to be a celebration of his achievements, an occasion designed to show him how much he means to you, to the club, to your team, to the fans and to his community. Surely there’s no way anyone could come in and out-enthuse you on a night like this. Of all nights, this is the one when you will give everything for the jersey and for your friend — the one they call The Beast.

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So Far, Yet So Close

It’s a long way from Auckland to Perth: 5343 kilometres if you believe everything Wikipedia tells you. A commercial flight takes more than seven hours in each direction So if you’re going to go all that way, you want to make sure it’s worthwhile, particularly if you’re travelling primarily for business not pleasure.

Always fly near the pointy end of the plane if possible — it projects a sense that you mean business, and shows everyone in your travelling party that they are a valued member of the team. It’s also recommended that you wear matching clothing, to signify unity, and that you make the journey a day in advance. This allows time to acclimatise to your surroundings, and also provides an opportunity to test your ideas in your new environment prior to kick off.

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Second Glance

More than ten years ago now, I visited San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, affectionately known as the SFMOMA. I’m no art buff and definitely couldn’t identify a Monet from a Manet, but it was well worth the visit. There were wacky sculptures, impressive photos of things both old and new, and even a triple-barrel Elvis with guns drawn.

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Speed

Pop quiz, Warrior Nation: You’re heading to the Gold Coast with your season on the brink of self-destruction, and when the whistle blows you’ll face a Titans team just as desperate as you.

What do you do?

You know that when you’re at your best, you can match it with anyone in the NRL, but the moment you take your foot off the pedal, bad things happen.

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