I may be jumping the gun here, but nevertheless I?m here to make a very big call. Last Sunday, amidst the swirling dust of Energy Australia Stadium we witnessed something great, and I?m not just referring to the final score. What we witnessed was a happening. An epiphany if you will. A moment in time that we?ll look back on in years to come and regard as a turning point. What we witnessed, was the end of the David Peachey Era.
WELL season 2004 has finally arrived, and from the looks of things, nothing much has changed. The Cowboys are still choking in games that they should win, the Bulldogs still have the best backline in the league, (for the next few weeks at least) and our beloved Sharkies still couldn?t score in a whorehouse. To watch last night?s performance, you could swear that you were still watching 2003. The dropped balls, the backline circus with Peachey taking out Noddy, the simple mistakes, the general inability to get over the line, and the grubbers, my god the grubbers. Where were the flowing backline movements we had seen in the trials? Where was the communication? The heart and the passion? All of the above were missing last night, and if nothing is done to rectify these problems, it could be a long season. That said it?s only round one, and perhaps the ghosts of Anderson will take a little longer to exorcise than we?d hoped. Of course if the ref isn?t going to police the ten metres, then you?re always going to see performances like we saw last night.
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FOR someone who isn?t easily impressed, (hey look, a blue car) the first Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Trial offered much to be impressed about. Sure there were low lights, like losing to Erina via a miracle try almost on fulltime after an extraordinarily dodgy display of reffing, but for the first time in more than a year, I came home from a Sharks game able to revel in the fact that there were many more positives than negatives.