Today Sam Bourke takes a look at the optimism in the water out Bondi way, as the Sydney Roosters loo...
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After finishing fourth in 2008, there were many doubts over the Roosters ability to compete with the top teams in 2009 before the season even began. Unfortunately for the side, those doubts were indeed right. The Roosters have just three wins to their mantle at this stage in the year, and have been on the end of some shocking scorelines.
For the first time since the time under Chris Anderson, the side looked to have given up in football matches long before the 80th minutes, sometimes even before the 40th minute. The game plans have gotten desperate, there are signs the club and possibly the fans want a clean out of coach and club (which looks to be a good chance of happening).
However a recent visit from Roosters legend Arthur Beetson has spurred them around a bit (and made them look like they actually cared about winning). This is all they have to go on coming into the second half of the season. The club will be attempting to avoid their first wooden spoon since 1966 and during the second half of the season they will be playing some of the teams they will be battling to avoid the dreaded spoon with.
There have been some positives to come out of this half of the season however with representative players Sam Perrett, Nate Myles and Shane Shackleton all showing good form. That is about it as consistency for individual players has been a major hurdle for the Roosters this year.
The side began the year horribly. The hype of the annual first-round clash against rivals South Sydney turned into nothing when the Roosters were belted 52-12, their heads sunk early. A week later the side upstaged Canberra 28-4. That might highlighted by a try to injured fullback Anthony Minichiello. Since then the fans of the Roosters have had very little to cheer about.
The end of the season doesn't look pretty and for the Roosters to make the finals they practically must win every game. They will be playing the Cowboys (A), Sharks (H), Dragons (A), Bye, Warriors (H), Rabbitohs (A), Knights (A), Tigers (H), Sea Eagles (H), Bulldogs (A), Storm (A), Cowboys (H).
The fans might be looking to 2010 for something new. The rumour mill has put various names to the club for the new year. The best news for the fans of the Roosters could possibly be which rumours turn out to be true.
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