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To those of you who think last night's effort was acceptable

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Av8r, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Av8r

    Av8r Active Member Premium Member

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    Have a think about this............
    Hawthorn played the Adelaide Crows today in the second AFL Prelim final. The Hawks went into that game as the shortest priced prelim final favourites in history at $1.12 Adelaide were at $6. The margin was 39 points meaning the Hawks were expected by all and sundry to totally demolish a young Adelaide side that lost in the first week of the finals and who many experts said had over achieved this year but what these so called experts didn't factor into account was Adelaide's fighting spirit and will to win. At half time Adelaide, the rank outsiders, went into the sheds in front by five points away from home (in Melbourne) against the raging hot favourites for the title. The third quarter saw the Hawks blow the young Crows side away to lead by 16 points at three quarter time. Did Adelaide throw in the towel like many thought they would and lay down to the overwhelming Premiership favourites and get run over in the last quarter? No, they maintained their belief, stuck to their game plan struggled back into the contest and ended up getting back to within five points when the full-time siren sounded. I can tell you as a supporter of that club since it's inception twenty years ago I was a thousand times more proud of their effort than Manly's gutless and totally inept performance last night. I can accept losing but the manner in which the defending Premiers exited the competition without a whimper was pathetic!
     
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  2. NYEagle

    NYEagle Well-Known Member

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    Well said, you are right.
    Manly played like a group of individuals not a team last night.
     
  3. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I think Friday nights effort was .... Sport

    Time to get over it and move on
     
  4. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Stopped reading when you started talking about AFL
     
  5. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    You don't really understand sport very well, do you? Manly's performance gutless? Unforced errors cruelled them, but how does that make them gutless?

    It seems you support your team if they lose narrowly but not if they are blown off the park. So I take it you also refused to accept Manly's performances in the 2007 grand final and the 2009 semi. Or maybe you think they were gutless in 2007, found some heart in 2008, then were gutless again in 2009? Maybe you think Storm were gutless in 2008? Hmm, I see …

    Do you seriously think the very same players who won the comp last year suddenly turned gutless on Friday night?

    If only they had some of your own outstanding qualities, eh? Oh well, you don't have to support them, but I do and they don't deserve your insults.
     
  6. Volley

    Volley Well-Known Member

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    We're the mighty, mighty Hawks.
     
  7. RL Gronk

    RL Gronk New Member

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    You really are some dumb guy
     
  8. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I hate the Swans bandwagon so yep I'm on the Hawks too.
     
  9. Eagles Terrorist

    Eagles Terrorist Active Member

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    What a load of rubbish. Perhaps time you try another sport to follow.
     
  10. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    It was not acceptable but it happens in sport. Who knows why we were so bad but it's time to move on.
     
  11. Peter C

    Peter C Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure Melbourne felt the same when we beat them 40-0, that's sport, **** happens
     
  12. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    What a ridiculous display of self entitlement

    Go somewhere else and cry over your spilt milk
     
  13. Mr Krabs

    Mr Krabs Member

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    Cheer cheer the red and the white
     
  14. mbe

    mbe Active Member

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    I feel the players had just had enough.They had to start a few weeks earlier than the other teams in our comp(going to England to play against a club that already had played 2 competition rounds).We started pre season later than the others so we didn't have the same time to prepare.We had many injuries and suspensions and many players were playing out of position.Every game we played the other teams wanted to beat us because we were the premiers.In the end it just took a toll on our players and on Friday night they just had nothing left to give.With a good break they can start a new and be the MANLY THAT WE KNOW.
     
  15. Moops

    Moops Well-Known Member

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    It was more the Hawks kicking badly more than Adelaide playing well. Had the Hawks kicked truly there would have been no scoreboard pressure that kept Adelaide in the game, believing they were a chance, and the Hawks would have won by 50.
     
  16. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Are we Adelaide or Hawthorn ?
     
  17. Moops

    Moops Well-Known Member

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    Neither...Collingwood!!
     
  18. Av8r

    Av8r Active Member Premium Member

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    Now that I've had a chance to calm down, sober up and watch the replay I can't justify calling the boys' effort gutless. It was a diabolical display in many areas but they were putting in defensively for the most part and just lost their composure when they had the ball. Just one of those nights where nothing went right. I guess I was frustrated with the result and disappointed they went out the way they did. Coupled with the Crows' performance who were rank outsiders and nearly beat the overwhelming Premiership favourites it got me going. It's in the past now and I'm looking forward to the 2013 season and hopefully I remember not to post pissed. Either that or implement a 72 hour self ban after a loss.
     
  19. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Nothing wrong with owning up to an error in judgement - this place would be much richer if more had the guts to do it (myself included)
     
  20. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Good call, well done for posting again.

    I know I would have been much more disheartened/disappointed had I been in Melbourne watching at the ground.
     

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