First came the clouds, then the wind, then the rain, and finally the call you hate to get – games postponed.
After suffering the first back-to-back loss of the year, again in painful circumstances after dropping the ball over the line in the 81st minute, the game against Parramatta was a real chance to readjust the rudder and get back on course. Now we’d have to wait another seven days to seek redemption and feel the euphoria of winning.
The match was rescheduled to the Monday of the Queens Birthday long weekend which meant the challenge just became much greater as we embark on three games in 7 days. A daunting task which we have no choice but to accept.
All of a sudden the Two Blues were of little concern as our preparation shifted to arch-rivals Easts.
Local derbies are always going to bring out the best in each team and this match was no different. In front of a healthy Easts crowd gathered for ‘old boys day’ the myrtle machine grinded forward to eventually take the spoils, the fourth consecutive victory over Easts in the past two seasons, thus retaining the ‘Greg Smith Memorial Shield’
The Galloping Greens welcomed the addition of Waratahs David Horwitz, Andrew Kellaway and Reece Robinson for this clash.
The celebration was to be short lived as we now embarked on a 48 hour preparation for the rescheduled match against Parramatta. The psychological roller-coaster of mentally getting up for games, facing disappointment or basking in the glory of winning was going to be challenged as this game became a ‘danger game’ where a blue ambush was certainly a possibility.
In a battle of ‘mind over matter’ the green army prevailed claiming our second victory in 48 hours, ensuring the ship is now pointing in the right direction and we begin our climb back up the ladder.
Special mention to NSW U20s Captain and Randwick colt Jack Hayson who made his first grade debut off the bench [came off the bench in Reserve Grade v. Manly Round 8 2015].
Additionally, congratulations go to Randwick centre Kuki Ma’afu who made his international debut for Tonga in their PNC match against island neighbours Fiji.
This Saturday brings up the third match in just 168 hours as we take on competition leaders Sydney University. Get down and support the courageous boys in myrtle at Coogee Oval.
Up the Wicks