Tag Archives: Jacob Lillyman

A Tale of Two Cities

It’s hard to imagine Charles Dickens was a big sports fan, let alone a frustrated member of Warrior Nation, but it’s almost impossible to argue with his powers of prediction. More than 150 years before Friday night’s loss to the Eels, Charlie put his frustration into words. ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . . it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.’

Sound familiar?

Continue reading A Tale of Two Cities

Silly Season

The silly season is firmly upon us. Day after day we wake up to rumours of player movement that range somewhere between the truth and fake news. It’s terrible. It’s only Round 8! But, despite the NRL transfer process currently being an unwanted distraction from the regular season, unfortunately we seem to be stuck with it, at least in the short term. So, instead of complaining about what a farce it is that Kieran Foran has played just three games for the club and already has to make a decision about whether he wants to stay for another year, below is a list of all the current Warriors off-contract at the end of 2017 and my arguments for whether the club should hold them or fold them. Continue reading Silly Season

I Heart Hoffman: Part 2

As Warrior Nation gathered at Mt Smart Stadium, we cast our eyes towards the giant replay screen at the northern end of the ground. We arrived with high expectations, as we always do for Round 1, desperately hoping the cinema’s first showing would be a new release highlighted by young, fresh faces starring in a win — something that hadn’t been seen since 2009. Instead, we witnessed a vintage performance from a treasured relic of the previous generation.

Those of you who like to delve into the film archives may remember a masterful performance from Sunday’s lead actor back in May 2015, but our hero has changed a great deal since then. Back when he won our hearts and minds as Best Supporting Actor in The Jaws of Life, Ryan Hoffman was a highly touted summer signing, a man characterised as a man of honour, a leader by example who would think nothing of putting his body on the line for the cause. He embodied everything that was good in the world. Continue reading I Heart Hoffman: Part 2

2017 Storylines: Part 5

The article below is the final instalment in the NRL Warrior 2017 Storylines series, where we ponder the potential storylines of the upcoming season. If you missed them, click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4

26 June 2017

Young Warriors making a huge impact

With the injury to Ben Matulino and the departure of cult hero Charlie Gubb to the North Queensland Cowboys, there were big question marks surrounding the strength of the Warriors’ forward pack going into Round 1. What good would their star-studded backline be without forwards to set the platform? But week after week, Albert Vete and Sam Lisone — affectionately known by the Mt Smart faithful as ‘The Hungry Hungry Hippos’ — have stepped up to the plate. Their stellar play has earned praise from all quarters, as they regularly find themselves in discussions regarding the most-improved players of 2017. ‘There’s no better one-two punch in the NRL right now than Albert Vete and Sam Lisone,’ said Fox Sports commentator Andrew Voss. ‘Albert’s first hit-up is must-see television, and the things that Sam Lisone can do with the ball — sometimes it feels like the Warriors have got two Shaun Johnsons on the field at once. You’d think there’d be some kind of rule against that.’

Continue reading 2017 Storylines: Part 5