Rugby burned into Paddy’s genes!

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - Beau Robin­son By GE­OFF MANN

LAST Thurs­day the Dubbo Roos coach­ing staff for 2018 con­ducted a sea­son re­view at our ma­jor spon­sors the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel.

I had planned the re­view four weeks out to come to­gether with the Dubbo Roos coach­ing staff to look at what oc­curred over the sea­son and the re­sults, or lack thereof, that we achieved.

This just so hap­pened to take place on the night that many parts of the state were re­ceiv­ing their high­est record­ing for rainfall this year. Many had gone a lot longer with­out rain; since mov­ing back to Dubbo on Jan­uary 1, it was the most I’d seen, and the irony was not lost on me that we hap­pened to be re­view­ing our dry rugby sea­son on this very wet night.

Our rugby sea­son was dry this year, which was some­thing that we did not ex­pect in­ter­nally and the ex­pec­ta­tions ex­ter­nally were just as high. Not one premier­ship PADDY Burns from Trangie has rugby blood flow­ing through his veins!

His grand­fa­ther Alan Burns was a stal­wart of the Trangie Tigers and in­deed the en­tire com­mu­nity and the sport­ing oval is named in his hon­our; his other grandad, Ed Col­less, is equally well known in the Wal­gett area, espe­cially amongst the Rams flock.

Both late pops would have been gush­ing, along with the grand­moth­ers and Paddy’s par­ents, when the fly­ing NSW Un­der-15s Emerg­ing Blues winger crossed for the state’s only in the se­nior club, a Colts team that def­i­nitely should have won, but lost to the bet­ter team on the day, and a first grade that didn’t make the semis at all – a very tough pill to swal­low for such a proud club like the Dubbo Roos. There’s no point sugar coat­ing or mak­ing ex­cuses. We all learned a lot.

As I walked out of the pub af­ter the re­view I thought to my­self how many in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor are “re­view­ing” their sea­son? For a few this rain could hope­fully mean the end of the drought, time will tell that, and as al­ways, some will be more for­tu­nate than oth­ers.

Have the farm­ers stopped, as­sessed, re­viewed and planned for the next ‘sea­son’? What would they change or im­ple­ment be­fore the next drought?

Some of the ques­tions and ar­eas we ad­dressed in our sea­son re­view try in the na­tional fi­nal last week­end.

NSW fin­ished run­ners up to Queens­land, go­ing down 17-5 but the lad who split his time between the Nar­romine Go­ril­las (rugby) and Jets (league) be­fore head­ing off to St Joseph’s Col­lege, got the Blues' only points in the dy­ing min­utes.

Paddy’s po­ten­tial had been well and truly recog­nised in his time at St Au­gus­tine's when he made the Catholic Pri­mary Schools’ Pold­ing teams for both codes. He was cho­sen in the City sides to play Coun­try in both 14s and 15s be­fore be­ing se­lected in the NSW team this year. were:

What did we do well? As coaches? As a club? As in­di­vid­ual coaches and lead­ers? And in terms of train­ing.

What could we have done bet­ter in all of th­ese ar­eas? This is a ques­tion that too of­ten busi­ness pow­ers or peo­ple in the top po­si­tions are not will­ing to ask of those within their or­gan­i­sa­tion or them­selves.

What would need to be changed and im­ple­mented for next sea­son to give the club the best chance of reach­ing its po­ten­tial?

I can’t stress enough the im­por­tance of do­ing reg­u­lar re­view­ing and the ben­e­fits, when done prop­erly, that this can bring to a busi­ness or or­gan­i­sa­tion. We all walked away hav­ing a clearer idea of what needed to be done, what should or could have been done bet­ter, but also what we did well – there’s no point al­ways be­ing hard on your­self if you aren’t will­ing to ac­knowl­edge those things that are be­ing done well. Again this is an all-too-com­mon oc­cur­rence with lead­ers in busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions; they’re quick to point out what needs to be done or im­proved but rarely give praise.

So what should those in the Ag in­dus­try be ask­ing?

What did we do well to min­imise the ef­fect of the drought?

What could we have done bet­ter?

What will we im­ple­ment to pre­pare our­selves bet­ter for the next one?

I’ve no­ticed that those who are suc­cess­ful and at the top of their game, ir­re­spec­tive of what field they are in – mil­i­tary, med­i­cal, busi­ness, sports, ANY – are al­ways look­ing at ways to im­prove and get bet­ter.

Now that I’m out of the pro­fes­sional rugby world, one of the ma­jor dif­fer­ences I’ve seen between the pro­fes­sional sports and the ‘real world’ is the lack of re­view­ing. As pro­fes­sional teams and ath­letes, we re­view ev­ery game, ev­ery sea­son, win or lose... We re­viewed ev­ery train­ing ses­sion.

It must be re­mem­bered we are al­ways one day closer to rain and one day closer to drought.

••• z Beau Robin­son is an Ac­tion Coach Busi­ness Coach and for­mer Su­per Rugby Cham­pion and Wal­laby. beau­robin­son@ac­tion­

Ben Pat­ter­son, right, shares a smile with Serge Conein as they hold up the tro­phy in Swe­den. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED.

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