George Gregan (70)
2019. the year of WTF
Balmain - WTF?
HAC - WTF?
"Where's The Funding"?
Merrylands - WTF?
That was always going to be.... interesting. Basically they went up believing they could field 2 Grades in a 3-Grade comp and do well.
Travel is always going to be an issue in that Division for a Western Sydney club - Mac Uni is fairly easy, but the rest are in older suburbs with shitty driving times or Oatley who are hardly doing well themselves.
Combined that with a fairly strong division in terms of First Grade, and they were always going to struggle once the victories weren't flowing. Doubling up some weeks takes its toll and then nobody could be bothered in Rounds 13 & 14.
Conversely, they could have gone to 6th Division to make 8 clubs instead of 7, given us another club in Western Sydney, and been finals contenders.
As per the Renegades: players on the books doesn't translate to players on the field. I had about 60 in the database at this point, and with half a dozen season-ending injuries early in the year, and some guys who just decided to go to music festivals, snowboarding, or just sit home and smoke drugs. Whatever.