In order to make finals footy and make the top 8 you generally need around 30 pts.
We are currently on 8 pts.
We have 12 more games + a bye (potential 26 pts).
So, if we won all of our remaining games we would be on 34 points. Probably good for 6th place.
If we won 10 out of 12 we would scrape into the 8.
Reality check: We will be lucky to win 5 of our remaining games.
If you disagree and think we can still make the top 8, then you have an incredible optimism (understatement) and this topic is probably not really speaking to you. It is really addressing those here that are honest enough to be resigned to another year of abject failure.
So, WHY ARE TEDDY, WOODS AND AVA STILL BEING SELECTED?!
HOW ON EARTH IS WOODS STILL OUR CAPTAIN?!
They are taking valuable real-estate and proper opportunities away from players that actually want to play here and be on the bus.
It beggars belief!!
I get it if we were still a chance of making the top 8. But come on. Point is, even if we take our personal opinions of these guys out of the equation it still doesn’t make objective sense.
Wayne Bennett has dropped Ben Hunt and they are still in the mix for top 4 and even minor premiers! (It might be slightly different circumstances but the principle remains.)
I’m wracking my brain, trying to think of answers/objections as to why they are still being selected:
- For the fans: So many of us get no pleasure watching Teddy and Woods in our colours anymore. Quite the opposite, they are a turn off. So, can’t be for the fans.
- They are the best we have: That is true, but how is that working out? There is just no “I” in team. Even if they were one-man-teams, are we winning because of them? No. Are we playing better for them being there? Hardly. Are they beacons of light to our youngsters? Hilarious! Seriously, what positive contribution towards our future are Woods and Teddy providing at the moment? And if you believe that they are of value, is it worth the opportunity cost? It simply can’t be. These guys are sunk costs and we should realize that immediately.
- Cleary still thinks we can make the 8. If so: (a) why not let 2018 players take us there? and (b) if we lose 2/3 more games and are no longer even a mathematical chance, would he drop them then?
-Pressure from media, Laurie Daley? Des? Politis? Meh. That would be absurd.
Are we a charity football team that just keeps players fit and healthy so that they can be prepped to play well for our direct competitors?
What the?! Are we a nursery now?! It sure feels like it! It’s madness!
I just cannot get my head around it. This season is so bad as it is, but it doesn’t have to be a complete write-off because we can prepare best for 2018 by fielding a team that supporters and teammates can get behind. Is this going to happen? If so, when? If not, why not?