Everybody hates losing, especially the players.
Let the negative responses to my opinions come as they may, but I’m not going to lay the boot in.
Of course, I won’t ignore the obvious faults from the Eels performances.
Against the Knights, just about everything game wise was bad. From the outset, and that very first set, we had no go forward and no intent. From there we made no attempt to slow the play the ball, we had zero line speed and our kicking game was frankly bewildering.
The real problem as I see it from the stands is that I and many other supporters probably knew that was going to happen. That is the ongoing challenge this team needs to overcome if they want to develop into a top team. Unfortunately, our reliable and consistent players like Junior, Marata, Fergo and Gutho looked a bit sore and played that way.
But it was not all bad. There were some positives.
Some individuals really tried to turn the momentum.
Without digging into his stats, Jennings was in there trying to get some go forward. His partner in crime Sivo looked dangerous and is really improving. Mannah really tried to lead from the front and he turned the momentum, along with Kaufusi. Manu came back and will be better for the run. And they pushed on and got the team going, albeit about 25 minutes too late.
From the Stands, footy is a simple game. If you don’t go forward and win the ruck you won’t win the game. We stayed in the game because we have some talented individuals, we lost the game because the team stayed in the sheds, back at BankWest sheds that is. It is up to the boys, the team leaders and the coaches to work out why.
Let’s not forget we are still coming 5th. Even after this game I would much rather be us than Newcastle, this was their 5th home game. We’ve had 4 away games and only one true home game. We need to keep it in perspective.
So what did I really mean by not laying the boot in?
I’ve been interested in watching Parra fans react. During and after the game I saw Parra fans commenting on media reports and laying into our players – this player is crap, BA cannot coach and we should let this player go.
Even in the post match interview BA was asked about whether contracts distracted the team. It is no players fault that they play for a popular club who will always be a target for media attention.
Yes, that old friend of ours, the rugby league media.
So don’t fall for it Parra fans. Don’t reward the negative untruth journalism we have witnessed over the past few weeks by laying into our boys and effectively writing the next couple of weeks worth of news article for them. Surely as a fan base we are wise to what is going to come after all, we have seen it all before and we will see it again.
You all know my view on key players and the coaches contracts and yes I do think we need to start getting some of those contracts sorted quickly as it will only snowball if we don’t. But I will not change my mind on the worth and value of a player based on one good or bad game. That is irrational and really bad planning. That is the old Parra.
So we either feed and reward the negative journalism or we stand up for our team. From the stands I will stand up for my team and its players.
I look forward to the bounce back. I look forward to a vocal crowd at BankWest influencing the refereeing as much as the Newcastle crowd did. I look forward to Junior hitting the ball up hard and Mitch kicking long to the corners. I look forward to Gutho playing with energy and enthusiasm – what has he ever done to make you doubt that he won’t bounce back. He will.
We are all entitled to a bad day at work, unfortunately we had too many players who had that bad day together. I am not going to turn on our players after one game, I just won’t.