The Anzac round is one filled with remembrance. It’s a time to reflect on the lives of those who have come and gone before us, a time to honour the sacrifices they made for their country and for everyone who calls it home. It’s a time to consider the impact of not just the Anzac campaign, but of all wars, both then and now, and wonder why we can’t all get along. Lastly, it’s an opportunity to showcase the honour in battle, in fighting the good fight, no matter whether you win or lose.
And while Tuesday night did not end in celebration for those of us who reside in Warrior Nation, there was much to be proud of. In perhaps their most committed performance of the season, the men from Mt Smart travelled to enemy territory and found themselves leading the table-topping Storm at the 65-minute mark. The Warriors weren’t flashy — instead their performance felt rather Melbourne-like — but they were dedicated, and when they had opportunities to score, for the most part they took them. Continue reading Don’t Look Back In Anger
The article below continues the NRL Warrior 2017 Storylines series, where we ponder the potential storylines of the upcoming season. If you missed it, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2
6 April 2017
Players back Kearney
Ryan Hoffman has today rubbished suggestions that Stephen Kearney has lost the locker room only five games into his stint as head coach of the Warriors. The embattled Kiwi side finds themselves anchored to the foot of the ladder after only one win from their opening five games of the NRL season. Speaking in the lead-up to their home game against the Parramatta Eels this Sunday, Hoffman was asked to address a New Zealand Herald story that claimed senior members of the playing group were already beginning to question whether Kearney was the right man for the job. ‘Look, Stephen’s not the one out there dropping the ball or missing tackles. Despite what it might look like sometimes on the field, there’s a lot of positivity in the squad. I’ve never been part of a more united club. We laugh a lot, the boys genuinely enjoy each other’s company, and that includes the coaching staff. Mooks [Kearney] has brought a great energy and we’ve learnt a lot from him in the short time that he’s been here. The start of the season has been disappointing, that’s for sure, but I’ve got every confidence in the coaching staff, and this playing group, and I know the results will begin to reflect that soon enough.’
Continue reading 2017 Storylines: Part 3
While you read these words, I feel as though it is important for you to know that there is not a single light on as I tap erratically at the keyboard. In fact, there hasn’t been a light on for some time. Some people are afraid of the dark, but in times of sadness I tend to find the absence of light to be calming — a safe place from which courage grows.
It is to the darkness where I have chosen to retreat, to clear the mind and help me process what has gone on previously and what may be yet to come. It is peaceful here in the pitch-black silence, as if the world outside no longer exists, only not quite that extreme. Perhaps it is as if the world outside is on pause, as if I have temporarily left its sphere, and I have been granted the freedom to choose when I wish to begin re-entry.
Continue reading Hello Darkness My Old Friend
Another week, another loss. Familiar shadows of sorrow are falling on Warrior Nation. A season that started slowly, gathered momentum and eventually promised so much, is now hanging by the murmur of a prayer.
The trip to North Queensland was always going to be tough, but the men from Mt Smart made things extra hard for themselves. In the first half especially, dropped ball after dropped ball piled on the pressure and the Cowboys took full advantage. For the second consecutive week, the match was all but over by halftime. You simply cannot win NRL games with only 40 per cent of possession, particularly away from home against the defending champions.
Continue reading It’s Not Dark Yet, But It’s Gettin’ There