I’ll take a stab, to start:
Apologies to our West brothers / sisters, don’t know the players that well!!
There’s nothing better than to return the favor to Ivan the terrible!!
Disgraceful biased performance led from P Gould and the rest of the Ch 9 commentary…you don’t put 22 points on a team and still think they have been the better team…and don’t get me started on that bunker decision…ah, too happy to worry about that.
Looking back at 2005 (sigh!) the team played a brand of football that made best use of the talent we had - which let’s face it, with a few exceptions, wasn’t the strongest roster we’ve ever had. But whatever Sheens did with them, it got us to win a premiership. We won’t have the forwards or the backs to be top 4 material UNLESS we work on the off season on building something that is uniquely ours, that is we start to play to whatever our strengths are - if speed, then let’ use it; of defense, then let’s concentrate on that, but do it in a way that doesn’t follow in the traditional format of the game, which, albeit is simple, but has to be underpinned by strengths we simply don’t have at present.
All I am saying is that unless we do something that is different, we are bound to repeat what we’ve done in the last 10 years or more.
No easy answer, I’ll grant you that.
I can’t help but think we are light years away from being able to compete, at that level…Not saying we’ll never be, but I am not sure we have enough juniors coming thru (say like Cronulla or the Broncos) showing signs of great potential, as future players.
I know you can argue that the finals are a different game, and they are, but I can’t see how, had we made the 8, we would have done anything more than make up the number.