As the game continues to be poorly served by a minority of players behaving badly, and some club officials who are losing the plot, its remarkable staying power continues to be our saviour.
The run up to the 2009 season, and off field events since, would have knocked a far less resilient sporting code for six.
But the game, at least on the field and in the stands, continues to be in great shape. Crowds have generally been excellent, the ratings are good, and even the two referees system has been introduced more smoothly than most of us could possibly have imagined.
We still have on field problems, such as the wood ducks otherwise known as