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The Rock-itt : October 2009
To coin a phrase, it's all over red rover, for our Sea Eagles for the 2009 NRL season. After a horrendous start to the season with continuous losses week after week plus off field dramas and injury woes,, our Beaches boys, no matter how hard they tried to claw their way back into contention, just didn't seem able to climb the mountain that was before them. Although they showed occasional sparks of last year's champion winning team, it was intermittent and lacked continuity. There were great moments as well as low points during the season and if in the off season they can pinpoint the things that led to their demise in 2009, then we may be well in the race of retrieving the NRL "Holy Grail" and bringing it back to Brookie Oval come October 2010. We will retain our coach, Dessy Hasler for next season, which is great to know but there is negative talk in the public bars around the peninsula that we may lose some more players. There has been a constant drain of regular players over the last 3 seasons which has given coach Hasler a very hard task in blending a top outfit together. In2008wediditinabigwaybut we lost more long term players at the end of the season which obviously had an effect on our performance this year. To provide a team capable of winning consistently, players have to know their team mates inside out and by changing players left, right and centre regularly you are never going to get the team to blend the way they need to and win a premiership.