‘ Our attitude wasn’t up to stan­dard’

Townsville Bulletin - - Game On -

IT’S no se­cret that our team faces one mighty chal­lenge against the Mel­bourne Storm.

Ev­ery­one was sitting back to see what they would bring to the ta­ble this year and now it’s quite ev­i­dent.

They have a hard edge and with Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and ba­si­cally the whole team in top form, they look ex­tremely im­pres­sive.

Which is why when it comes to game time, there has to be no sec­ond guesses about our prepa­ra­tion.

Our attitude from week one go­ing into week two wasn’t up to stan­dard and the team has ad­mit­ted that.

We have to go hard at ev­ery train­ing session so that when it comes to kick­off there are no doubts about our readi­ness.

I know our team can bounce back from the loss against the Knights, just like the Pan­thers did from their de­feat to the Knights in round one to their win over Par­ra­matta seven days later.

Even the Sharks sur­prised ev­ery­one with their win over the reign­ing premiers St Ge­orge Illawarra, and don’t for­get the Bron­cos’ suc­cess in Can­berra.

It’s just the way the NRL is so there’s no point jump­ing to con­clu­sions and bas­ing a team’s year on one per­for­mance, but then again we cer­tainly know our per­for­mances will have to be bet­ter than the one we Greats) Expo the next day, and I hap­pily obliged. Ba­si­cally the expo is about en­cour­ag­ing kids to stay at school and pro­vid­ing ca­reer path­ways and choices.

It was my first time be­ing part of the expo and it was a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, I think there must have been 3500 kids there look­ing at a whole va­ri­ety of stalls.

Ev­ery­one who at­tended was given the mes­sage that it’s im­por­tant for kids to have some­thing ready to do af­ter school, a trainee­ship, ap­pren­tice­ship or what­ever they have cho­sen for them­selves.

Be­ing in­volved in the good work of the FOGS is some­thing I def­i­nitely want to do, they’ve been per­form­ing this type of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity for a few years now and they’re go­ing from strength to strength.

To fin­ish off, I ap­pre­ci­ated ev­ery­one giv­ing a bit of ex­tra cheer when I did my best to gee up the crowd via the big screen at Dairy Farm­ers Sta­dium on Satur­day night.

But I’d be sur­prised if we saw my face up there again.

To be hon­est I was sitting a lit­tle bit un­com­fort­ably in my seat when my face came up and it’s some­thing I re­ally don’t want to ex­pe­ri­ence again.

Un­til a fort­night’s time, take care and en­joy the footy on Mon­day night. See www. footyso­cial. com. au

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