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Searching For a Silver Lining

Wow. Didn’t see that coming. A Warriors side that had been playing well, had been defensively sound, who were in a tight tussle for the playoffs, at home, against a side that had lost 9 matches in a row — this was two points in the bag. A stress-free night where the 17,000-plus in attendance could start the party early. The kind of fixture where the men from Mt Smart could send a message, could show the rest of the NRL that they were a side capable of winning this competition. The kind of fixture where it felt like even a slightly sub-par performance might still be enough to win.

It’s not possible to have been more wrong.

In front of the biggest Mt Smart crowd since 2014, the Warriors continued the frustrating trend of falling flat every time the fans start to believe again. For the umpteenth year in a row, the men from Mt Smart now find themselves in danger of missing out on the playoffs after mixing an impressive run through the Origin period with a slow start and a sloppy finish. Continue reading Searching For a Silver Lining

Life’s not fair

As I sat down in front of the keyboard, I had every intention of crafting a well-thought-out piece about how the Warriors recent golden point heartbreak is reflective of their season to-date, how every time it seems like things are going well, that we might actually be on the verge of something great, something happens to derail the process and the rollercoaster spirals off course. How the ten-minute period where the men from Mt Smart came from 22–4 down to tie things up as the clock ticked over 80 minutes was a microcosm of what this team is capable of, but in the end it all counts for nothing without the two points. I was planning to be thoughtful, to add something to the conversation, to offer a fresh perspective and maybe encourage you to look at things in a new light.

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Golden Raindrops

Another week, another golden point loss.

With the Cronulla defeat still fresh in the memory,  this weekend hurts just that little bit more. Not just because the Warriors came so agonisingly close to the two points for the second time in three games, not just because it was against a Manly squad sitting below them on the ladder, but because it is a match the men from Mt Smart will look back at and wonder how they didn’t win, wonder why haven’t finally broken the Perth hoodoo.

After a rocky start, when for a brief moment it felt like the torrential rain was about to drown everything that has been good about the past few months, the Kiwi side worked their way back into the match and hammered away at the Manly door waiting for it to break down. It nearly did. On multiple occasions. But somehow the Warriors left WA with nothing to show for their efforts. Continue reading Golden Raindrops

Cool Runnings

Who saw that coming?

Honestly? C’mon now, tell the truth.

Yes, I hear you, it’s Origin time. The Broncos were understrength, tired. The Warriors always make a run at this time every year. I know, I know, these are all valid points.

But seriously, after all that has happened in the past month, did you really see the men from Mt Smart putting on a show like that? It wasn’t just scraping out a win against a lacklustre Brisbane side — that was a performance to be proud of, one that got us excited, which had us out of our seats for almost longer than we were in them. It was the kind of performance that makes you forget all the dark times, all the negativity — unbridled joy, and pure love, were the only emotions needed on Saturday night. I even shared one of those special moments when you look at the person a few seats down from you and your eyes meet for just a little too long to call it a passing glance, but it’s not awkward, anything but, so you hold the gaze for a few seconds longer than you might in another social situation, because you’re both smiling, both grinning actually, and part of you wants to hug each other but you’re a little too far away so instead you just look even longer, because the moment warrants that human connection, a shared ecstasy, and you complete your perfect conversation where no words are necessary but everything is understood.

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