Alfred Walker (16)
Either would be lost on you.
In all seriousness DM I’m trying to decipher your post. Are you saying that the ‘names’ people continue to mention as potential quality players to move up the ranks should be disregarded because there is talent hiding in other players who haven’t been given a chance?Mr Oldschool,
I am not sure I understand your message. I understood the first part of it to mean that everyone should accept "their place" in the pecking order for the greater benefit of the Club, in that meaning taken, that Club trumps interests of the individual. But then it seems that you advocate a grass may be greener approach at "the club next door" where it may be better all around (including the competition)
Some clarity if you would good sir.
For what it is worth I am in agreement to the bigger idea of Club, Merit and Proof . Moreso when it is consistently applied. It is just that it seems that the Alf Stewarts who huff n puff year in and year out about how the cheeky tykes need to do this and need to do that, are also the same ones who either openly froth about many of these that basically have done nothing special other than have a recognizable name , or , tolerate the status quo and don't call bullshit on the splooge boosters that just keep chirping the same names around.
It is sort of the biggest issue that Rugby has got (downstream) and which it can't afford to have as it gets found out (upstream) and it has become significantly worse over the last 4 to 5 years.
Hey all love to Harry Wilson but are we that desperate for stars that there were those that proclaimed him better than Mark Loane after his 2nd or 3rd game for Queensland? It would seem the answer to that question is yes.
Also, to the guy that talked about fitness being a factor? Pfffffff. If anything it is likely less of a factor in the shortened season in that the guys that are fundamentally out of shape or imbalanced don't get found out with injuries as much as they would in a longer season.
At the end of the day no one should be giving a rats ass about anything other than trying to constantly improve and be accountable - Clubs and their management personnel as much as the players, and not waste time and energy with all the posturing but to direct that into the doing which should be the only thing that matters
Agree with this in concept . And not just at Colts Level obviously but right through the game at any level. Best guys I’ve seen are those that have a servant view of leadership yet manage this as facilitative in their manner. Add to their ability to apply and implement game patterns / plans in a direct , calm and ego less manner and then hold players accountable to it - with no fear or favour , then these guys end up at ( or should end up ) at the top of the tree at any level of the game.^
Mate, I’m no Dr Phil or Coach Phil.
I think we agree on one thing; the importance of having good coaches and management in the Colts program to be able to transition the school leavers into club land, so that the players know the path and expectations.
Gee...Roberts and Dean,love the pre season banter between you two!!,mates I suspect!,probably both coaches with prodigy not yet mentioned in dispatches!,like two peas in a pod,very similar.must say though, Deans simplistic illustration is a bit long winded, hate to see a detailed one !!!.Agree with this in concept . And not just at Colts Level obviously but right through the game at any level. Best guys I’ve seen are those that have a servant view of leadership yet manage this as facilitative in their manner. Add to their ability to apply and implement game patterns / plans in a direct , calm and ego less manner and then hold players accountable to it - with no fear or favour , then these guys end up at ( or should end up ) at the top of the tree at any level of the game.
In the main the majority of Coaches and Management at every level do a a helluva job and deserve a boatload of thanks for what they put into the game that they make possible.
Unfortunately , and like in most things , there are always a couple of peanuts at every level where it’s more about them and their own sense of greatness that fuck it up and deliver poor outcomes for many that come into contact with them
Bond by 5Interesting round this week gents with two of the games being super important.
my fearless predictions
Bond v Easts for me this game could be the fourth place decider. My pick is Bond in a close one I think Bond will bounce back after a close loss against Brothers last week.
Wests v Brothers should be a win for Brothers but they did drop the corresponding fixture last year.
UQ v Souths. This is an important game for both teams in the context of the season. Realistically the top three is betweeen Brothers and these two. I am predicting a close victory for Souths as I think there defence is a little more mature.
GPS v Sunnybank GPS at home after a sobering couple of weeks. I think GPS will Beto structured for the bank.
any contrary views.
I think your predictions will be close. I think I’ll get to the Uni game with the Brothers bye.This weekend will see some good match-ups in the Colts comp.
Wests V Sunnybank- I think Wests will win this but will need to watch Sunnybank's outside backs as they will jump on any scoring opportunities and have pace out wide. Wests by 10
Easts V Norths- Easts will get over the top of North's- Easts by 15
GPS V Uni- GPS have some injury concerns and may not match up across the field with the UNI team- UNI by 15
Souths V Bond- Tough game to pick, Souths are at home so may have the edge- Souths by 7