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They’ll Thank You For It Later

If you have children, you might occasionally lie in bed late at night with your eyes open, staring into the darkness, wondering what might become of them. What will they do? Where will they go? What will they dream about? What will they love?

You might also wonder if you’re doing a good job. Am I teaching them everything they need to know? Do they see my bad habits? Are they genetically disposed to follow in my footsteps? How do I know if they are truly happy? Maybe you’re simply hoping that they’ll go back to sleep, or that they won’t wake up, because you can’t handle one more night of ‘Dad, I need some water’ or ‘Turn the music back on’ at 3am.

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Hard-earned

Boy, did we need those two points.

As Mitchell Pearce slotted the field goal that put the Roosters ahead with 5 minutes to go, it felt like deja vu all over again. A courageous effort, against quality opposition, but ultimately Warrior Nation was about to finish second once more. We were a club that had made huge progress in recent weeks, but one that still hadn’t figured out how to win the close ones. With just three wins from the first nine rounds, the playoffs looked a long way away. Spirit levels were as damp as our clothes as we struggled to comprehend how a roster this talented could be so far off the playoff pace by the representative round. Frustration boiled over into gasps and groans as another unstructured play broke down.

And then, to the surprise of almost everyone at the ground, including the Sky Sports commentary team, Ashley Klein, the marvellous man that he is, pressed his whistle to his lips. It didn’t matter that no one really knew what had happened, all that mattered was that Ashley, wonderful Ashley, was pointing to the posts.

Ashley Klein Hearts

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Just enough is good enough

Mount Smart Stadium is brutal on a winter’s evening. It’s dark before 5pm, it’s freezing cold. You leave your members’ scarf sitting on the kitchen table at home. And, just as the game is about to kick-off, a light drizzle falls from the sky.

We’re not far past the halfway mark of the season, but when you’re on the edges of the Top 8, every game takes on greater importance. There’s a strange sense hovering over Warrior Nation that the club is back on track after consecutive wins, but every shred of confidence has an air of fragility — we’ve been through this all before, we know how quickly the air can fall out of the balloon.

The game itself struggles to provide much respite from the chill of the night. The Warriors are down 2–4 at the half, the offence looks disjointed and the crowd is quiet but restless, murmurings of discontent ripple around the ground. Continue reading Just enough is good enough

Banana Skin

One team scored 50 last week. The other scored 0.

The Warriors are finally starting to look like the attacking force we all thought they could be, whereas the Roosters, last year’s Minor Premiers, find themselves in unfamiliar territory, languishing near the bottom of the ladder. They’ve had injuries to key players, unwanted canine-related incidents and now this week head to Mt Smart without their Origin representatives.

Done deal, right? Warriors bank the two points and move on.

On paper it seems that simple, but the big question remains: Can we fully trust this Warriors team? Continue reading Banana Skin