1st of all I want to say trials in the scheme of things (results wise) may not have a significant affect on a teams chances throghout the year. I mean, Manly finished 5th, and The Roosters were close to rock bottom. That said, I kind of think Des may have somewhat burnt the "travel to the trial" excitement for many fans dying to see their heroes in 2006. I know many, many fans that were bitterly dissapointed to travel to The Central Coast, after articles were released saying Beaver, BK and co. would be there, only to see them not rock up. Basically, the Harold Mathews team played Jersey Flegg, the Jersey Flegg Team played Premier League, and predominantly Premier League players played 1st grade (with a scatter of 1st graders evident), hence all team getting proverbially bashed a little. It kind of took the spark out of it for me. I'll never forget the time Dan / Chuckwood and I went down to Albion Park. We almost had a full strength team in 2005. We were pumped going in, and pumped coming out. It made me excited to go each year. I remember how devestated I was Witt got injured !!! Hehehehe.... Therefore, I kind of feel with the approach Des Hasler has, it's not a real selling point for the game (trial). In business, I believe that if you over promise, and under deliver, it may be the worst thing one can do. That trial was a dissapointment all round. Not only that, but the players that excelled (Ballin), wasn't even given an apportunity in the season proper. Thoughts?