Let’s face it, it’s been a poor NRL season
With reports Cronulla Sharks will be the first club to be sanctioned by the ASADA investigation, several Sharks will be looking over their shoulder. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Grant Trouville)
While it has definitely had its fair share of highlights and history making moments, 2013 has been a less than spectacular NRL season with plenty of disappointments.
Lets start with ASADA.
To put it simply, they have annoyed fans, dominated headlines and could give some of the game’s stars hefty bans.
The Sharks finished 14th in 2011 when they were allegedly taking illegal substances. It’s not like they affected the outcome of the comp so can’t they just forget about it?
The Canberra Raiders were a team that went from a promising pre-season, to an absolute mess.
Josh Dugan played one game and was sacked. The bromance know as ‘Dorguson’ is no more, with Sandor Earl facing a hefty ban for using performance enhancers and Blake Feguson being sacked by the club.
Anthony Milford, a favourite for rookie of the year, wants to leave and now Josh Papalii is in trouble over alcohol issues.
At the Bulldogs, the Daly M winner from 2012, Ben Barba, started the year on fire in the All Stars game but from then on didn’t have half the season he had last year.
Obviously, he had distractions. A breakup with his partner, having his daughters taken away to Queensland and, apparently, gambling issues.
The Bulldogs are only a shadow of the team they were last year.
Finally, a superstar of the game will leave without a happy ending. A favourite son of the Tigers, Benji Marshall hasn’t had a finishing season to remember.
Matt Bowen will also leave, as will players who have struggled in their final years, such as Matt Cooper and Ben Ross.
Let me know what you think about 2013 and whether you think the lows outweighed the highs.
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