“He deserves to…he is better than this…I can’t believe…”
Enough of the excuses!
I know a review into our season is being conducted and I accept far greater footy minds will understand what went wrong in terms of the football organisation, but I work in and around people, lots of people, everyday, and from the stands my view is simple – we need to rid ourselves of this talk and the people who continually use it.
In my experience this is language used by people who are weak and don’t want to be held accountable. It is excuse making and counterproductive to moving forward.
All year, including this past week when the players should have been focusing on winning an important game, I have heard our players, coaches and even fans say these things. Player X is too good for reserve grade. Player X deserves to be in the team, we must find a place for him in the 17. And finally the most annoying of all, I can’t believe we are sitting last on the table.
We need a reset. More importantly we need players, especially our senior players and or leaders to stop saying this and making the excuses available for people to hide behind.
No player has a right to be in first grade. Once they earn the spot, they then must keep it by playing well and contributing; by doing their job. Some of our first grade players are in reserve grade because they have repeatedly played poorly. I dare say if it was not for injury and players who left mid season they would be joined by more.
The simple fact is we are coming last because we have had far too many games in which too many players have simply not performed, not contributed to a win by doing their job and or being disciplined.
Last Friday we had no chance of winning unless we could stop the go forward from Scott, McLean and Taumalolo. We all knew it, the players certainly knew it and after the first set of six I can comfortably say we all knew the game was over. Yes we had injuries and some of our best forwards out, but no team will be consistent winners if they can’t absorb and change momentum.
We all knew the Cowboys would get the calls and would be given assistance from the opening whistle. So prepare for it and deal with it. But last Friday, just like most games this year, some of our players simply threw their hands up, complained, lost discipline and rolled over. The harsh reality from the game, just like many this year, is that some of our forwards meekly buckled and our playmakers went missing.
When it is a one off you can rightfully say a person deserves a chance to rectify it. So yes in my eyes BA deserves a chance. From my perspective BA got the Top 30 squad balance terribly wrong this year and he must accept responsibility for that. However, the NRL Top 30 rules mean a coach cannot rectify this mistake until the next year.
I will reserve judgement on BA until I see the final Top 30 squad for next year. Change must occur. His loyalty to some players must end as they have had multiple chances to fix the errors, to become more disciplined both on and off the field, to improve their contribution towards us winning – and they simply have not done so.
It is time to move forward.
That means my family and I will be at ANZ stadium next game and will be cheering for this team. We are thankful that this is our last game for the year and last home game at the soulless ANZ.
We also recognise that we should be watching some players pull on the Parra jersey for the last time. I can accept that some of the players who should not be in our squad next year are talented and are favourites of mine, but they are not what we need moving forward and I dare say a change may be as good for them as it will be for us.
So I will thank them, wish them the best and cheer for them one last time.
It’s said that the greatest sign of insanity is to do the same thing again and expect a different result. If the Top 30 squad for 2019 is not significantly different to this year’s, if the tough choices are not made, if some of our young players are not elevated and replace older guys in the squad, then BA will be signing his own death warrant.
For my family and I that would be so the most upsetting outcome from this cataclysmic year.
No more excuses!