Guys, great thread and really positive.
The 3 finals games that we played in have seen this team produced excatly what the coaches game plan was set out to do. Each game plan was tailored to who we were playing.
The roosters game (in my opinion) was the most perfect game plan i have seen excuted by a team (at least until the 65thmin). They kept attacking the roosters right hand edge with great success (okay we didnt score the 3 times we were over the line), they dominated the roosters forward pack both in attack and defence.
Same again against Canberra….played to our strengths, started really strong (again dropped off around 65th min).
Then against the Dragons…we played a very fast up and in defence to cut off the ball players, line speed was very fast (reason why we kept getting penalised) and played patient footy in attack, not over playing our hand however this time around we actually played the full 80 min.
Sheens tactics were perfect for each game (okay still have a problem with his interchange) and the team went out to the field and delivered. I for one, am glad that we have Sheens as our coach and not some else. We play the best brand of footy each game however the players just need to be more consistant and play for the full 80 min not 65-70 min.
Cant wait till next year.
All day I have had people coming to me at work commenting on how disappointed I must be and that the refereeing was one sided (the one Saints supporter was away today) and yes, I left the game disappointed but also very proud of the team and the club on the basis that very few outside the club gave us much chance of getting as far as the team did. They battled through tremendous adversity which I don’t need to repeat here and still were within a whisker of making the GF. I say well done to the players, coaching staff, club, supporters. There is a lot to build on for 2011.
Thanks Willow, once again. I have enjoyed reading your report and comments throughout the season. I find I am too emotional during the game, so I rely om your report and a review of the match later in the week to form a more rational opinion.
Best wishes for the break and I look forward to your inciteful comments again nest season.