How the Sydney Roosters won me (and my family) over

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    Here we are league fans. One week out from the big dance.

    The teams have now been decided. Come Sunday the Manly Sea Eagles will do battle with the Sydney Roosters to see who will be crowned victors for year 2013.

    This week in my household, NRL is all we are talking about.

    Last night I was speaking with my dad and he mentioned the tremendous respect he had for the Roosters and their progress this year.

    He commented how he never thought he would find himself cheering for players like Mitchell Pearce, Jared Warea-Hargreaves and Sonny Bill Williams.

    We had a brief discussion about why this might be the case and my dad kept bringing up the Roosters coach, Trent Robinson and what a tremendous job he has done in turning the Sydney Roosters into a truly professional outfit.

    The Roosters have truly been the best team throughout 2013.

    Their results speak for themselves – particularly the amount of teams they have been able to hold to zero this year (six to date) and some of the tremendous scorelines they have put on their opponents (I am a Parramatta supporter, I remember their destruction of the Eels earlier this year, though I have tried to forget it).

    Throughout the season, I have blogged many times on the importance of player behaviour and the need for football players to begin to understand that they are role models (whether they would like to be or not).

    I find it no coincidence that the Roosters have continued their fine form throughout September and have continued taking a professional approach to the way they conduct themselves off the field, particularly since around August this year, the Roosters put in place a self-imposed alcohol ban.

    While in the past, such bans have not worked as intended, with Todd Carney and Nate Myles both being sacked, this time the playing group seems committed to each other and their results are doing the talking.

    Alcohol has long been a part of sporting clubs.

    When you look at all the negative press the NRL has received this year, so much of it comes down to players behaving irresponsibly and so many of these incidents are the direct result of alcohol.

    I cannot put it down to coincidence that the Roosters have performed so well this week – especially when you consider their position last year, BJ Leilua and Mitchell Pearce were all through the papers and the Roosters were not performing anywhere near the level they are now.

    I don’t want to write too much about Sonny Bill Williams because most NRL fans are sick of hearing about him.

    The only people that don’t appear to be sick of him are Channel Nine.

    For those of you watching the grand final this weekend, perhaps we should have a little game to see who can guess the number of promo videos of the man they will have.

    However, despite all this, from all accounts, he has had an extremely positive impact on the Roosters this year and we are seeing the results.

    No longer are the Roosters a club all about talking the talk – now they are walking the walk too.

    I respect the stance the Roosters have taken this weekend and wish them all the best in their game against Manly this weekend.

    Mary Konstantopoulos
    Mary Konstantopoulos

    Mary Konstantopoulos is a lawyer, sports advocate and proud owner and founder of the Ladies Who empire, including Ladies who League, Ladies who Legspin, Ladies who Lineout and Ladies who Leap. You can find her podcast on iTunes and find her on Twitter @mary__kaye and @ladieswholeague.

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    The Crowd Says (13)

    • October 1st 2013 @ 12:54am
      tooveys right hand said | October 1st 2013 @ 12:54am | ! Report

      Go Manlyyyyyyy!!!!!

    • October 1st 2013 @ 1:16am
      Johnno said | October 1st 2013 @ 1:16am | ! Report

      SBW

    • October 1st 2013 @ 6:42am
      oikee said | October 1st 2013 @ 6:42am | ! Report

      If they dont beat Manly this week, they will be nothing but a bunch of muffins.
      I am glad you have something to cheer about down in Sydney in your house. Up here in Queensland, we have nothing to cheer about for the last month.
      No footy played, no news, no connection. We might as well shut up shop and close the borders.
      No wonder we are turning to Asia.
      Come on Sydney NRL, give Queensland some superstars. Let us get involved. Stop stealing all of Queensland’s and NZ best and leaving us with the basketcase leftovers. And have Wallace back, the lemon you sent us.
      Smith need look no further than Queensland for his 3% drop this year.

      • October 1st 2013 @ 3:08pm
        ozpoet said | October 1st 2013 @ 3:08pm | ! Report

        close the borders Oikee? sounds like a good idea. Might keep the toads and the tourists out!

      • October 2nd 2013 @ 12:39pm
        jerry tingke said | October 2nd 2013 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

        keep players fit for origin alone. club footy is not urs qld..

    • October 1st 2013 @ 8:04am
      jamesb said | October 1st 2013 @ 8:04am | ! Report

      I’m very impressed with Trent Robinson as coach.

      He somehow helped Mitchell Pearce get back into form after Pearce’e awful third origin game. That would not have been an easy job, instilling confidence to a player who was shattered after another origin loss.

      • October 1st 2013 @ 8:24am
        oikee said | October 1st 2013 @ 8:24am | ! Report

        They vertually had to stack the chooks with Origin players and a All-black and Kiwi’s internationals for Pearce to look good.
        Gee wHiz, i wish the Broncos were afforded the same luxuries.

        • October 1st 2013 @ 9:02am
          mushi said | October 1st 2013 @ 9:02am | ! Report

          Wow a new low, bemoaning that the broncos are never able to stack their team with origin players.

        • October 1st 2013 @ 7:19pm
          Wolly said | October 1st 2013 @ 7:19pm | ! Report

          Are you mentally impaired? I keep seeing some nice roarers have gone out of their way to point out to you that your team has one of the highest number of representative players but obviously they are wasting their time.

          You’re truly one of the biggest sooks I have ever come across, although really that is the NRL’s fault for allowing the Broncos to field the QLD Origin Team, and have had too much success for your own good, you cannot handle a bad season.

          Hate to see what you would be like when something that really matters goes bad for you. Grow up.

    • October 1st 2013 @ 12:34pm
      Hammerhead said | October 1st 2013 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

      Oikee, ur kidding urself. For decades Broncos have been laden with QLD Origin players. And now that has lowered to a still an average still above most teams u feel cheated.

      The worst case of a one eyed view on this site.

    • October 1st 2013 @ 8:21pm
      Thor said | October 1st 2013 @ 8:21pm | ! Report

      Mary, I’m giving you 11 out of 10.

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