For the second consecutive morning, it is 4:30am and I am wide awake. Maybe it’s because I find myself lying on damp sheets in a shallow pool of cold sweat, or maybe it’s the million and one thoughts that slosh around my mind like they’re in a spin cycle — they come and go so quickly that I can only catch a glimpse of what they are about, only a fraction of what they might be trying to tell me.
All week I’ve been excited. How could I not be? I will say this just once, for those of you who’ve been living under a rock or on total media lockdown, the NRL season is here! The Warriors have signed Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke, Shaun Johnson’s ankle has healed. There’s more than just hope circling Warrior Nation, there’s genuine expectation not just that this could be the year, but that this should be the year the men from Mt Smart hold the Provan-Summons Trophy aloft. But each night I keep waking with a startle, immediately alert. Continue reading Round 1 Jitters
Forget faith, it’s time for the Warriors to restore some pride.
It’s unlikely the men from Mt Smart will receive the wooden spoon, but it’s hard to argue they aren’t the worst team in the NRL right now. Injuries, suspension and poor performances have left the season in tatters — there’s nothing left to play for but pride. The players, the coaching staff and the fans all need a win, need something to restore a shred of positivity to the club. Yes it’s nice to watch Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and think about what might happen next year, but the last thing anyone needs is an eight-match losing streak hanging over their head in Round 1, 2016. Continue reading It’s a matter of pride
You’d never hear Manu Vatuvei talk like this:
But its becoming harder and harder for the Manu critics to argue against his greatness. Is he the greatest Warrior of all-time? I’ve reached the point where I’m willing to argue that he is. Stats alone make a very strong case, 138 tries from 199 games, but for me they don’t come close to telling the whole story. The impact Big Manu has both on and off the field is hard to quantify with words. The first to put his hand up to bring the ball out of his end in the toughest of situations, the way the young players look up to him and the work he does in the local community — these are the things that make him truly great. Continue reading Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like The Beast