It seems like we all have the same opinions, more or less.
NAS again proved that he is a grub; he got off lightly.
We let Melbourne get under our skin, as was presumably their plan. Pretty normal tactic when you’re being done over. We should have been ready for it. Same for short kick-offs. We seem to have a relatively poor record of defusing them; at times we seem to be not even ready for it. I was astonished when Yeo gave away a penalty on one goal line dropout.
The bad parts of the Penrith game were few and far between. But they included two stuffed up play-the-balls. That must be one of the most inexcusable mistakes in the game, since the defenders can no longer strike at the ball. It exemplifies ‘coach-killer’. And all for the sake of a couple of seconds.
Cleary clearly wants a mobile, fast, skilful pack of forwards, rather than the kind that Melbourne presented. That might be part of why we are so good at the long game.
The lower level seats at the Olympic stadium suck. But I have never been able to purchase a ticket on the next level up. Are those seats belonging to members of that stadium, and hence unavailable for events like the NRL finals?
These are absolutely our golden years; after so many years when any game won was a reason to celebrate, this is like living in a dream. I thought that, after 1991, the nineties was building as a Penrith dynasty, but we imploded. Ben Alexander’s death didn’t help, but there were other reasons too.
People love winners, to a degree, and we are gaining a following all over the place. My nephew went to the Gold Coast match, and the numbers of Penrith fans there was amazing. Back in the nineties I remember a local journalist (might have been a 2KA announcer) noting that, when talking to classes of kids (in Emu Plains, I think) most kids supported other clubs, like the ScumDogs, mainly because their parents did. That really sucked. How things change. Another nephew lives in Qld now, and has a mate who took his kids to a sports store in Brisbane to buy Qld or Broncos jerseys; he was pissed off when the kids walked out wearing Penrith jerseys.
One more week, then we have to endure 5 months of NRL void. I hope the cricket gives us something equally good to revel in; the Rugby World Cup sure won’t. Then we come back to a team minus Crichton and Leniu, on top of the absence of Koroisau, Kikau, Burton, Momorovski and Capewell. It gets harder and harder.