Monday, June 21, 2010
The Big Boy blows up about the result of the derby.
After one of the night games earlier this year I was having a chat to Jonathon Docking and Gav Miller in the bar. This was about 3 weeks after we had been trounced by the Dragons by forty odd at that cesspit, WIN Stadium. I was there and it was one of the worst performances Ive ever seen from our boys and it hurt worse than some kind of testicular injury to see that little rat Jamie Soward running riot and prancing goals from all over the park.
I was stoked to hear that Docko was equally as disappointed and dismissive in that performance. I believe he said that something along the lines of "When I was playing, it was absolutely unforgivable to lose the derby. You just lifted for it, we hated them and would do anything to smash them". Gav Miller just nodded quietly in agreement.
Fast forward to yesterday. Bright sunny day, biggest crowd in for ages, we've had a week off and they are missing a calvalcade of troops after their insipid origin display. The dragons were ripe for the picking. Sure, they are a quality side on top of the table, but I doubt there would be a better time this year to play them.
We were willing. We tried hard. It was great to see Jamie Soward get smashed. However, we were still beaten convincingly.
Despite the effort, thats not good enough. The dragons have more money, more supporters, better players, 658 home grounds and they seem to be protected species at the moment. As an island of good in a red and white sea of filth, it is our players duty to go out there and win the derby at home. For years we fielded sub-standard teams against their juggernaut and beat them with spirit. That needs to be revived, and until it is, I will be disappointed and dismayed with any loss to St George.
I can at least take heart in the fact that we never merged, play in our area at one home ground and Jamie Soward doesnt play for us.