Round one done. Two Points in the bank.
That was our expectation. All good, right?
Plenty has been written and spoken about how the win was achieved.
Footy is a really simple game especially early in the season, even for those of us watching From The Stands. If you hold the ball and have consistent go forward you give yourself a very good chance to win. We can sometimes overcomplicate a very simple game.
My reaction isn’t too different to others.
I was very annoyed with the first half and I was pleased with the comeback. But that is not what I want to focus on.
I am always a proud supporter but sometimes the negativity and gossip perpetuated by the media about our club gets overbearing.
However, to hear the vocal support for our team being picked up by the Fox broadcast as they started to come back was outstanding. The Parra chant came through loud and clear. The support for the Eels north of the border has always been strong. They do a fantastic job of creating a home away from home for our team.
Unlike many we were lucky enough to attend most games at Bankwest last year but I cannot wait until this Thursday and a proper home crowd.
The Storm are yet to play us at Bankwest with a big crowd. I especially look forward to the blue and gold army welcoming Big Nelson onto the field. Don’t forget his disrespect people.
And so to the positives from Round 1.
Even without Marata our bench did a really good job. At the start of last year our interchange players were a strength. However the bench actually became a real weakness as the year progressed.
Last Friday both Oregon and Papali’i made a genuine difference. With the addition of Niukore the punch will stay strong even when our starting middles are rested.
The second half game management, especially in the closing minutes, was also an improvement. I really liked Moses’ kick to the in goal when the game was on the line. It showed a calm thinking process and if that can continue to be developed over the season and become more evident throughout games it will be very good for us.
We face a big test this week.
My mantra for this year is to enjoy the ride, turn out with thousands of supporters at Bankwest each home game and enjoy supporting our boys.
Hard as it may be I will ignore the journalists, or gossip columnists, not write about them anymore – though I know there were many who agreed with my takes last year. I will give their click bait journalism no more oxygen.
From the stands it’s simple for me in 2021 – support the team and offer constructive logical criticism.
Most importantly enjoy being back at packed grounds. Bankwest, when near full, offers such an advantage to our team.
Bring on Thursday and bring on the Storm. I hope the crowd is at 75% capacity. Let’s help the boys in this one and get the season rolling.