Titanic Titans turn terrific
With just one win from eight matches, and the club facing financial disaster, critics had found an easy target as they eyed yet another failed Gold Coast sporting franchise on the horizon.
It seemed the Gold Coast Titans would collapse.
Despite winning their opening match against the North Queensland Cowboys 18-nil, the Titans quickly took a nose dive with five straight losses against the Canberra Raiders, Melbourne Storm, New Zealand Warriors, Canterbury Bulldogs and the Sydney Roosters.
The critics were circling with some out-right declaring the Gold Coast would earn themselves back-to-back wooden spoons.
However with the club slowly clawing its way out of financial ruin, a new CEO in David May stepping in to replace Michael Searle, who like a true warrior fought to the end before falling on his own sword, and a pledge to reconnect with the Gold Coast community, things have turned around.
The Titans may just sneak into the top eight and play finals football.
Since winning just two of nine matches to start the 2012 season it was a heart breaking 15-14 loss at the hands of the Wests Tigers in round nine that sparked a verbal spray to all players from coach John Cartwright and forged a mid-season revival for the cash-strapped team.
A morale boosting 25-14 victory over eventual competition leaders the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs helped spark a golden run, with six wins coming from the next nine rounds helping the Titans to reach the top eight.
However losses to top eight sides the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Melbourne Storm saw them slip out of the eight, but a win over the cellar-dwellers the Parramatta Eels lsat weekend hsa kept their late season resurgence alive.
While the club requires results to go their way for a chance to slip into the top eight and play finals football, under the restructured Australian Rugby League Commission finals series rules, the officials, players and fans remain hopeful that the club will be able to succeed and prove their out spoken critics wrong.
With two rounds remaining and the Penrith Panthers next on the Titans hit list, it will be coach John Cartwright that feels the pressure to motivate his team to continue their golden run.
Hopefully, they win their final round encounter against the Manly Sea Eagles, who they beat earlier in the season 26-14 at Brookvale Oval.
For the club to cap off one of the biggest comebacks in any rugby league season, the Tigers and Raiders need to stumble, and need to stumble quickly.
What do you think, Roarers? Can the Titans make it?
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