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
A quick look at the history books will tell you that the Warriors find themselves in a serious playoff drought. For five long years the men from Mt Smart have been wandering across the NRL landscape, waiting for it to rain, but every time it seems as though they’ve found a fertile spot where a title could grow, it turns out to be nothing more than a mirage.
Continue reading Outback Looking In
The film opens with the captain of the New Zealand Warriors rugby league team (Simon Mannering) walking through a door marked ‘Staff Only’. As the door closes, the action cuts quickly to a young boy (James Tamou), also a New Zealander who, at the age of 13, leaves his country of birth to move to a mysterious island to the west. We soon learn that Tamou, now a grown man, has joined the North Queensland Cowboys (also a rugby league club, based at the cleverly named 1300SMILES Stadium). It is there that he begins his association with the premier halfback in the National Rugby League (Johnathan Thurston), a man well known for his maniacal laughter.
Continue reading Conspiracy Theory
Less than a year ago, Tuimoala Lolohea, Solomone Kata, Ken Maumalo, Sam Lisone, and Mason Lino were preparing for the biggest game of their lives — the Grand Final of the 2014 Holden Cup.
Now they ready themselves for the Warriors’ final home match in an NRL season that has drastically fallen off the rails. The stakes are much lower in Saturday’s game than in their last match together, but for these young players, every hit-up, every tackle is a chance to strengthen their case for the future.
Continue reading Crystal Ball Gazing