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10:23PM, Fri 27 April 2012

Careful What You Wish For!

Only two days ago I wriggled, squirmed, sooked, yelled and jumped up and down on the spot and pleaded to any nearby God as I watched the Anzac Day clash between Essendon and Collingwood.

And that was before the game started.

By the end of the game I was complaining about Jarrod Blair's lower leg, Jobe Watson's hearing, anything to do with Travis Cloke and any amount of umpiring decisions. After such a battle all I could ask was why couldn't we have at least had a draw. Somehow it would have been a more just and deserving result.

Well, fast forward two days. Pyramid Power 9 10 64 South Cairns 10 4 64. I got my draw and ask myself "Do I feel any better?"

NO! A hundred times NO!

Put into perspective, we played better for three quarters, but as soon as Souths upped the anti, we panicked. The reality is that we were very lucky not to be over run. We managed to play to instructions better and showed more structure than last week. A result of my ranting last week and better training during the week.

But, this is a side which had not previously won a game. Perspective says that whilst we did not lose, we are still falling away.

To ask why, one has to accept the more obvious answer. Henry, Malachi, Charlie, James, Alfred, Thuraka, Robert Gordon and Garrett were not available due to rep duties, injury, code clashes or just plain missing. All 8 would be in our best 22. Hazman, our captain, off at half time. Very hard to cover those losses, and a pretty convenient excuse.

But the reality is that we had the game at three quarter time and got run down. Luckily the bell went. Souths had all the momentum. As a club we need to know that the second tier players can still hold it together. They did. Barely. So after 5 games we are 50%. 2 wins, 2 losses and a draw. It could be worse, and will be unless we find the desire we started the year with. We will see what next week brings and go forward together. One in, all in.

On Wednesday I wished for a draw. Today I got one. And I can safely say that given a choice between a loss and a draw, only a win will do. No more wishing for draws...

...otherwise i'll wriggle, squirm, sook, yell, jump up and down and...Oh, you know the rest!

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07:12AM, Sat 28 April 2012
Was Sue at home on Anzac day, and if she was did she get any video??

I actually didn't realize we had all those players out.
I think Souths were on a mission and good on them as they have hit some hard times.
We know what that is all about.

I still firmly believe this could all come together well.
Any idea how many Hawks players will be out on Friday night?? Food for thought........

Mista Jimbo

Reply to Jimmy
Hi Jim,

No video as far as i'm aware. Unless it's one of those hidden camera arrangements.

Hawks will be without james farley-Smith, Tom Michael, Jeffery Hudson and Dylan McConachy...4 serious outs. But they still came back and beat Norths last night, though Norths were missing Kochy, Rhys Bridge, Jak Williams and Joe something...so they were hit hard too.

If I can get Malachi, Charlie, Thuraka, Robert and Garrett back it will make a difference, but Henry and Hazman will be out again while James, Alfred and Francis are all set to be delisted after not turning up.

You are right, though. Hawks will be hit harder by rep duties than us and we have more quality players to bring in. It will be more even than we think.

Also, Nathan, Gilbert, Daniel and Jabai will be better for their first game, whilst Ralph will get better after his return also (mind you, I thought he was best on ground anyway, so how much better he can get is interesting).

So, it isn't all doom and gloom at all. And we broke the losing streak. I really don't think Centrals are as good as Hawks or Tigers. Look at their soft draw to get their wins...the three bottom sides. So that game is in our reach also, especially with Henry and Hazman back on beck, then we play the two new guys again and then Port with a full list.

I will give you an updated delisting list soon, but I think our additions are stronger than our losses.

Five rounds down out of 16, and on track for an 8 win 8 loss finish, which is probably finals. Swing that ledger into the positive and we will be there.
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