This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
Honouring Stan Carpenter...
7 hours ago
I was there at the game and even though we went into the break leading I thought we played very very ordinary, except for some individual brilliance from Thurston. Our defence is very good, but we have no spark in attack what so ever.
The Dragons didnt play all that better than us, but they had team spirit something that we have been lacking in the past few weeks.
Sherwin struggles to lead the team like Anasta does, he doesnt have a long kicking game and cannot find a gap for the life of him.
Mason thinks he is bigger than himself, and has virtually cost us the last two games. If I was Folkes, I would make him take a long hard look at himself and maybe even drop him onto the bench or even reserves so he knows that he is doing bad.
Vagana and Utai arent seeing enough ball, especially Vagana. He is quick and good on his feet but they need Anasta to put him through gaps and give him those wonderfully placed kicks he needs to score.
Price is doing an outstanding job. O'Meley like-wise. They are the only forwards leading the team. But from what I saw and heard, I think Price will be having a weeks rest after his hit on Thompson.
Patten was having a fair game until he got injured centimetres from scoring that could have seen a different result.
Sherwin got a cork but I dont think he was playing anywhere near the best he could and that could have been due to the off field dramas with the club in the last week.
I think Norton is passed his best years and too bad. He always got injured and couldnt show his full potential. Last night he was intent on throwing stupid passes which 99% of the time ended up in the dragons hands.
Next week we will see the return of Braith, but may very well see Patten and Price out. It would be good to see Asotasi get another run, he is playing great for first division. Also, I think some more reserve graders should get a run just to prove to the so-called best players of the team that they either step up or someone else will do their job.
Canberra wont be at full strength with Wiki and possibly Davico out. The teams will be evenly matched but the Dogs will need to step up and have faith in themselves if they want to come away with the 2 points.