Cowboys lacking mental strength
LIKE Mr Betts (TB, 21/3/11), I have long resisted writing to the Bully.
My fears that the Broncos win had gone to the players’ heads and they would put up a poor showing against the Knights were realised during the first 20 minutes of last Saturday’s game.
The players are at the peak of their physical powers. They are young, fit and seemingly built to withstand the rigours of weekly NRL football. I can only surmise that what is lacking in their performances is mental strength. I don’t know what goes on in preseason training aside from the obvious, but is any emphasis placed on strengthening the mind?
I recall before the Ashes series in 2006 that the Australian cricket team engaged in a military-style boot camp during which, according to Google, they were ‘‘ asked to perform highly complex and demanding activities under severe sensory stress’’. We all know the result of that series – 5-0. Part of that result could surely be put down to mental toughness.
With Townsville being a defence town, arranging such a t hing would be blindingly easy. I’ll stand corrected if this has been tried before in a pre-season.
If it did, I expect it may have been in the glory days of 2004, 2005 and 2007 and, if so, why was it discon- tinued? I’ve never played a competitive game of football. For 13 years though, I engaged in a sport with as much emphasis on mental fortitude as physical ability.
The mind is a powerful thing. Take the tales of survival that invariably come out of any disaster.
A common thread is that t he s urvivor/ s adopt a strong mental attitude that they will get through the situation. DAN SAMPSON,
I AGREE with Cliff Betts we do deserve some answers. Why did Cowboys manage- ment say no to Wayne Bennett?
There is something very wrong with this picture. On paper our boys have the ability to blow any team off the park. We’ve seen them do it. Ability is not the issue. It appears that team morale and confidence is at an alltime low.
As fans, we can get behind our team. Let the boys know we are there. Don’t leave the game early, no matter what the scoreboard says. We need to stick with them through thick and thin. One ordinary game does not mean an ordinary season. It’s all up from here. KAREN DAVIES,