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Not Quite

When you imagine your life and where it will take you, what do you see?

For me the answer isn’t easy — many of the destinations change regularly — but when I picture 30 September 2018, there’s only one place that I dream about: ANZ Stadium.

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Half Full or Half Empty?

At the halfway point in the season, the Warriors find themselves in 5th, with eight wins and only four losses. It’s their best start to a year since 2002 — a year that finished with a minor premiership and a date at the big dance. That’s impressive company, but with a losing record over their past seven games, the worries of recent years are creeping back. So are the wheels falling off? Or is it finally our year? The NRL Warrior tries to make sense of it all with a good old-fashioned debate. Glass Half Full is arguing for optimism. Glass Half Empty is arguing that things aren’t as good as the ladder suggests.

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What Goes Up Must Come Down

Wednesday night was one of those nights. A re-run of that awful movie that’s screened far too often in cinemas throughout Warrior Nation in recent years. The opposition seems unstoppable, the men from Mt Smart can’t make a tackle and the game is lost before you’ve really registered what is happening.

It was a horrible night, one that brought back so many awful memories of seasons past. Six years of failure all rolled into one continuous loop of missed tackles and knock-ons. A never-ending collection of heads in hands and shirts pulled over the eyes and the frustration and the tears and the doubts and that feeling you get what you think it must be your turn to experience that winning feeling and it doesn’t seem fair that you can care this much about something and try so hard to give it everything you’ve got, to dedicate your time and money to something you can’t control without experiencing the joy and the absolute ecstasy of seeing all your dreams come true. It doesn’t seem fair.

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Don’t Look Back In Anger

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