Saturday, March 2, 2024
HomeSportProud of our team

Proud of our team

The NRL grand final promised to be an intense and tight affair. It was certainly played at a furious pace. Both teams gave it their all. Penrith dominated possession, thanks to precision kicking from Nathan Cleary – some of his high kicks were absolute monsters! Souths tackled and tackled – the defensive effort was heroic – and had their chances in attack too.

The result, Panthers 14-12, was a fair indication of the contest.

Having lost to Melbourne in the decider last year, Penrith were deserving winners in 2021. I am pleased for them. As Souths fan Chris Lodge said to me after the game: “The win will do the Penrith area a lot of good. The people of western Sydney have suffered so much during this pandemic.”

Still, I am very proud to be a South Sydney supporter right now. The grand final showed the skill and character of our team.

How good is Cody Walker! His solo try in the first half was one of the best tries by a five-eighth I’ve seen. It inspired his teammates to dig deep and never give up.

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Stephen Crichton’s try – intercepting Walker’s cut-out pass to Alex Johnston – was a heartbreaker. The play could so easily have led to a Souths try at the other end. A matter of millimetres.

To his credit, Walker recovered to set up a try for Alex Johnston to bring Souths to within two points of their opponents, but Adam Reynolds missed the tough conversion from the sideline.

Congratulations to Alex Johnston for most tries by a Rabbitoh in a season.

In the final minutes, Reynolds’ attempt at a 40-metre field goal fell short – it was straight enough, it just didn’t have the distance.

Let me say this to Adam Reynolds, thank you for everything. Hold your head up high. You have been a sensational halfback and captain – and we are all proud of you. We wish you and your family health and happiness in Brisbane.

To Benji Marshall, our mighty utility player, what you have done for us this year has inspired the younger players. Whenever you came onto the field, into any position, it was like a breath of fresh air for the team. All the best to you for your retirement.

To coach Wayne Bennett, a big thank you. You’ve been an inspiration not only to the players but to the fans as well. You’ve always been approachable and easy to talk to.

Passionate supporter Tony Day put it nicely when he said: “Terribly disappointing result but not a disappointing effort by the Bunnies. The Panthers deserved to win but we didn’t deserve to lose. And there’s always next year!”

spot_img
- Advertisment -spot_img
- Advertisment -spot_img

Stingless bees at Mirrung Garden

Mirrung Garden at South Sydney Uniting Church in Waterloo is now home to a hive of native bees. The beehive is located in the south-east corner of the garden, which also includes a variety of native plants and trees, egg-laying hens, fruit and veggie plots, a beautiful contemplative garden,...

The Settlement needs our help

Did your kids go to The Settlement? Did you? Established by Sydney University Women’s College, this wonderful local organisation has been providing services for children and youth in our community for over 130 years. There are grandmothers and fathers in the neighbourhood who went to The Settlement when they were...

Volunteers’ News – February 2024

Welcome back to another year of the South Sydney Herald, still being published in our 23rd year, thanks to your support and readership.

Tennis legends criticised for boycott plea

Tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert have been accused of “turning their backs on women” after pushing back on plans to hold the season ending WTA Finals in Saudi Arabia’s capital.

Photos from January 26

Michelle Haywood captures the mood of January 26 with this collection of photos from across South and central Sydney.

Melanoma treatment pioneers awarded 2024 Australian of the Year

University of Sydney Professors Georgina Long AO and Richard Scolyer AO, co-medical directors of the Melanoma Institute Australia, have jointly won the prestigious Australian of the Year award for their pioneering work in the treatment of melanoma.