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All could play the following week for the Cowboys but it looks like they're on the outside looking in. Interesting that Jango, Opacic and Hampton weren't named in any team this weekend. Seems to indicate that Jango has Nene's wing spot for at least round 1 and that Opacic might have sewn up the centre spot across from O'Neill with Hampton on the bench. Asiata, Molo and Dunn haven't been named either, but 5 into 4 doesn't fit.Clifford , N Mac , ET , GGM named in q cup so the field is narrowed a bit
Rubbish. Always found this forum balanced and full of common sense.....I predict that once the team is announced the game day thread will be littered with posts expressing how much Green has "lost it", 'will be sacked in 5 weeks", "too loyal", "Not loyal enough" and "boring"
While I don’t totally disagree with your thoughts, I do think that you have to consider the impact the floods have had on the club. I work with a number of people who have lost everything and it has hit us all hard, still.I just hope the club doesn't use the Barba situation or the floods (devastating as they might have been) as an excuse for our performances if we struggle. I've heard it drifting into the narrative already and think its poor sports psychology and also just a weak excuse.
1. Barba was always a risk and they knew it when they signed him.
2. Players always get injured and you have to replace them. At least we have had a few weeks and a trial game to get Jordan settled and adjust our game plan.
3. We have had the longest pre-season in about 5 years, with the added advantage of very few rep players joining late.
4. We live in the tropics, where cyclones threaten most years. Surely we plan for some sort of disruption every off-season?
If anything the flooding should bind the team, connect them to each other and the community they represent.
Lets make 2019 a year of overcoming adversity, not a year of excuse. When far too many across our proud region are staring at the loss of everything they have, lets give them a tiny bit of hope, maybe a distraction, a smile. 80 minutes of not thinking about burying stock, or where the next loan repayment is coming from. Let them be proud to be part of the Cowboys family, let them know they matter and that we are in it together.