What a game! Had an excellent night last night with my cricket team mates as we watched NSW beat QLD 18-10. I am sure the sporting media provides more insightful analysis than I do, but my main concern was that whilst we won, our front rowers didn’t seem to have a major impact… Brett White & Ben Cross? From where we were sitting (40 rows back behind the goal posts!) it seemed that our props were ineffective and that Fitzgibbon was doing better than White off the start. Mason also seemed to have a quiet game as well.
The backs though for NSW were excellent and Gasnier really is a class act… He left his opposite number for dead a number of times and I just hope that he remains in the NRL. The new half back Wallace played well and I think he’s a player for the long haul. Gidley too me is too small and erratic, Finch is too slow and Pearce is potentially good, but Wallace got his shot and took it with both hands and now has “incumbent” rights. Well played!
As for us, we had a great night… met at the Royal Oak at Lidcombe from 5pm. Drank way too many beers too quickly, bought up pizzas at the bistro which went very quickly and took the Olympic Sprint in to the stadium. Odd thing was though that beer could only be served at the stadium at a maximum of 2 per customer… so the 4 man shout rotation took a battering and we didn’t drink as much during the game itself.
On the way home, it was planes, trains and automobiles as we trained it to Lidcombe on the Sprint, a train to Blacktown (which terminated) then another train to Penrith (which also terminated), then a cab to Emu Plains then my mate Stuey who lives at Faulconbridge gave me a lift to Glenbrook…. Long trip home!