Just over six days to go before the first game of the season. It is going to be a very long week. One of my favorite clashes of any season is always the Eagles and the Warriors. Deep down you know it is going to be a tough encounter and we have been able to savour some great victories by winning the battle. A report in today's SMH has Paul Harrigan in NZ (along with Sterlo who has a paid coaching role with the Warriors). Chief had been watching a training session and described the experience as "I was just glad to be watching. I think there were a couple of broken noses; it was pretty full on. They had a disappointing season last year but are obviously fired up to turn things around....". The Warriors only have 12 players remaining of the 26 man squad named at the beginning of last season and they have bought some serious starch up front. Sounds like a great clash coming up. I note that the AJC autumn carnival used to have a tag line of "Princesses Welcome" and for 2005 this has changed to "Princesses Prepared". Seems appropriate as we get set to take them on.