These are extraordinary times.
The magnitude of the challenges that face so many of us cannot be underestimated or ignored.
However, in a world full of negativity, despair and a sense of hopelessness I refuse to become a victim. My family is not immune to the economic, health and social impacts of COVID-19, but I choose to focus on getting through the present, and look forward to a brighter future.
I wrote last week about maintaining or increasing your financial support for our club. For some this will not be financially feasible, and of course that is understandable.
The Blue and Gold Army is strong and loyal, but everyone will face their own difficulties and hardships as we move into an uncertain future. If you can keep supporting the Eels and the NRL do so.
And if you can’t right now, just come back when you can.
So why should we keep supporting our team?
The reasons were on the field for all to see. Our team played their last game in who knows how long, but they did us proud. It’s often said that rugby league players live in a bubble, without any sense of the real world, but the lock downs, lock outs and empty stands were an ever present reminder that they were playing on borrowed time.
Taking the field in an away match that might potentially mean nothing, our Eels showed composure. They showed the lessons learned from 2019.
To get the points you have to do the hard work to earn the points.
They had options all over the field, but they didn’t pull the trigger too early.
It was not luck or a superb game by one player that secured the victory. For the first time in a long time we threatened in the middle, on both edges and out wide. We stuck to our game plan, won the middle, made adjustments where necessary and dictated the course of the match to our opposition.
I remember back in 2017, the trip to the Gold Coast saw us taking a similar 12-0 early lead. All was looking good, and we were headed for a 3-0 start to the year.
Of course, history shows that we went on to butcher that game and lose the next three. To understand how far we have come, look at the differences between the 2017 and 2020 Titans games.
Looking ahead, a great unknown exists.
We are certain to face set backs as a club, but so will every person, business and the wider community. We need to find a way through it and stay loyal. If there is one thing that unites us all, it is our resilience and our loyalty.
I look forward to helping do my bit to get the club through this difficult time and in the future going back to Bankwest to watch Junior run over the top of people, Dylan and Moses step and create holes to run into, Fergo no doubt getting his nose hit again, and Gutho backing up every play.
I also look forward to going back to Bankwest and having a party. We just have to stay healthy, loyal and hopeful.
I trust the board, coaches and players will do their job. We all will do ours.
Keep supporting the Blue and Gold.