is that to this today, we are still talking about the heroes of 2005 carrying this team forward. Let’s face it, in the last 14 years we haven’t developed a player - in any role - from our junior levels or bought as a junior from another club.
Sure, we have Luke Brooks - in my opinion a hooker in a half back body - but apart from his D which has improved - can we say the same about what a half back should do? And there is the rest of the stock going to come from?
I just see that another year with some (aging) players may well turn out to be one year too many.
OK, I am totally for the clean-out, but let’s put same names out there…Who should go and who should we retain?
In my opinion:
Retain (and build on):
Benji Marshall (questionable)
Moses Mbye (questionable)
Lose (if not costing an arm and a leg due to contracts)
Michael Chee Kam
the next 2 games will define the 2019 success of this team, no doubt. I am not saying we are going to make the eight - and if we do it will be a bonus - but to the extent that this team will give 110%, then that’s all we can ask for. We’ll know if we truly have the eye of the tiger.
One thing is for sure, we can’t be going in with the same mindset as we did against the Dogs. If anything, let’s take a leaf out of their book. Love them or hate them, they do have a renewed resilience (some may argue this is because they are not under pressure). I don’t care if we breath deeply, chance our arms or play boring football - give 110% and I, for one, will be happy with where we finish.
Has been playing first grade for some time now without being able to show any leadership skills, or organizing abilities. For what we are reportedly paying, not getting any value from him, I’m afraid. Hasn’t developed as a player, no matter who has coached him. Last night, his kicking was diabolical. Time to look at what else we can do.
Until such time as we have someone call the shots, and own the plays, we’re forever going to be struggling to step up to a more consistent level of footy. With all respect to Benji and Robbie, sadly the years have caught up with them, but in their career they have never been what what I’d consider organizers in the team, and have mostly always enjoyed the luxury of a thinking half alongside them .
Our kicking game (specifically those high kicks) was substandard and far too easy for their defense to pick up.
Our set plays are too slow and predictable. This is a reflection of the players we have, and the standard we can expect.
This said, i wasn’t disappointed with the effort, and you can’t ask for more than this. A second string Rooster side still had enough firepower for us, simple as that.
Parra should be well within our reach.