In a big game, big players lift. Max did, Rowles did. Who else?
Long long way to go yet
Long long way to go yet
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Echoes my feelings very wellWhilst we can be understandably disappointed with tonight’s result, we can surely only be happy to be relevant in the league once again.
Tonight’s performance was nowhere near our best but injuries definitely stretched our small squad in the end and every player has grown this season, which can only bode well for the future.
As one challenge comes to an end, so the next one starts and retaining as much of this squad as possible (with a couple of exceptions perhaps) must now become the immediate focus for the club. Hopefully Monty and Ken can prevent the heart being ripped out of this team and add upgrades where they are needed, with our new owner helping that process by allowing the full cap to be spent.
We already know Miller and Smith are leaving and that Ollie also seems on his way out too, so hopefully we can replace each of them with at least equal and preferably better quality. As the CCM brand is no longer tarnished, that will hopefullly make the process of recruitment less difficult but when teams have success it is only natural that others covet their jewels, so that will no doubt present its own challenges.
All in all, it has been a great season to be a Mariners fan and it was always going to take more than one or two years to build a side to challenge for honours, so we all need to remain patient.
Well done Monty, Serge, JVS and all of the coaching staff for your hard work off the field. Well done Sean, Ken and all the office staff for all of your hard work behind the scenes. And well done to all of the players for continuing to restore pride to our club and our region.
Agree with all of the above.I've gotta say when Hall went down with his knee I had a sinking feeling for our finals hopes. We were always going to need him to make it any distance into the finals. Got worse when Moresche went down too. I kind of expected to win this and then lose the semis being home and away with our already thin depth being so depleted.
No disrespect to Windust of course who I think has been decent and will be a future star. But without the dynamism of Hall/Rowles as a pair, and Moresche has been an added zing going forward, we were just that little bit short. Alas.
Overall well done to all involved - Viva la CCM!
Everything I had heard pointed to Penha to Sydney. DDS would be an upgrade on Cy no questions there. From what we've seen I think Steele is still a sub or squad player at this stage. Not sure Nisbet and Ballard is the answer for a first choice core on a 4-4-2 either. Bit for management to ponder and succession plan.. any truth to the rumour that de Silva wanted back in ... but we had already signed Penha, bumping Steeley out?
... off-season has started