People throw around a lot of sayings in life, and there’s even more in football, designed to motivate and keep us going. Whether it’s taking inspiration from the past. Looking forward to the positives on the horizon. Or even living in the present and making the most of now. I don’t think the North Queensland Cowboys have heard any of these.
I understand last year they were robbed. Have they used it as inspiration? All the big names have signed on for the future. It’s looking good for years to come. Have they lifted? How about just looking around at the enormous representative forward pack, or the best player in the world running the backline. Are they making the most of this team right now?
The Cowboys currently sit in 10th position with 4 wins in 9. Prior to the season all I heard from Cowboys fans was that this was the boys year. I mean look at the team. I believed them and I still do. But my belief is waning, because a team that travels as poorly as the Cowboys, they need that top 4 finish.
This week it’s the Roosters. A team on fire and set for the top four. I thought last week’s brutal game against the Rabbits would light the fire and show the competition, (more importantly their fans), they are the real deal. Instead they rolled over. Yes Souths are gigantic, Reynolds is dominating, and the outside backs have jets, but man for man, it should have at least been a contest.
This weekend presents another opportunity to prove themselves and get some confidence going. After the Roosters, it’s the Tigers, Titans, Bulldogs, Dragons, and a bye. A win tomorrow night could easily turn into 5 and the momentum will build. The Origin period will be tough, but they made their bed and now they have to lie in it.
The coach’s contract was extended, the marquee players signed new deals, so one would assume there is no disharmony. Townsville is a one-team-town and the supporters are always there. They are big enough, fast enough, and skilful enough to match it with anyone. Is it complacency? Are they waiting for it happen?
Mick Potter made the call to bench Benji Marshall, perhaps Neil Henry has put a few players on notice. Is James Tamou crashing back down to Earth after his breakout year? Can Tariq Sims get the confidence back in his leg? Can Matty Bowen and Jonathan Thurston find holes in top-notch defences? Is it time for some wake up calls?
The Cowboys of 2013 have a lot of questions to answer and they need to start tonight. They’re two from three at home this season, and it’s time to show their fans that this year won’t be another almost there. A couple more losses over this stretch, the horizon becomes a little bleak, the memories of last year become more vivid, and the present is just a nightmare.