Titans lead the comp, so where’s the love from the media?

Tim Prentice Columnist

By Tim Prentice, Tim Prentice is a Roar Expert

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    Rugby league tosses up mysteries aplenty and there is another one brewing up on the Gold Coast.

    The Titans are equal competition leaders after four rounds but hardly any media outlet has been generous in their praise of their achievements, nor those of head coach Neil Henry, who has orchestrated an encouraging and enterprising start to the new season.

    Henry’s team was ranked by many as wooden spoon certainties before a ball was kicked but wins over Newcastle, Wests Tigers and Canberra have them riding high after the first month of NRL action.

    The Titans’ only loss came in Melbourne, but they were right in the fight for the first 60 minutes.

    Henry deserves a serious pat on the back for the way his team has performed. He has prepared the Titans superbly and they are showing that big things can be achieved, despite what the odds-makers and tipsters think.

    It is clear his team are hungry for success and that they are prepared to work hard for 80 minutes to achieve it.

    I am not predicting anything wild for the Gold Coast in 2016, but I am really enjoying the effort the players are putting in on a weekly basis, and I expect them to stretch the Brisbane Broncos when they meet on Friday.

    This effort hasn’t always been the case from Gold Coast teams down through the years, but when the current lot starts the new season at 3 and 1, I expect the electronic and print media to be more generous in praise of their performance.

    Nope. Next to nothing. Perhaps it’s unfashionable to say, broadcast or write nice things about the Titans. “They’ll crash and burn – you’ll see.”

    I certainly like what I have seen.

    New halfback Ash Taylor looks to be a player to really watch as he cuts his teeth in the NRL.

    The former Bronco oozes skill and the Titans are fortunate to have him with their young-gun half Kane Elgey sidelined for the entire season.

    Taylor has quickly formed a slick combination with ex-Knights man Tyrone Roberts and, as a result, the Titans haven’t been shy in the points-scoring department.

    There’s pace aplenty in the back division, with the likes of David Mead, Anthony Don, John Olive, Josh Hoffman and Nene Macdonald, but it is the Gold Coast forwards who have set a solid platform. They compete hard to dominate and ultimately win every ruck with fierce defence, clever off-loads and power running.

    Newcomers Dave Shillington, Zeb Taia and Chris McQueen are competing as hard as any forwards in the league. Then you look at spearheads Greg Bird, Ryan James and Agnatius Paasi who have begun 2016 with a bang.

    There are other Titans making significant contributions, such as Eddy Pettybourne, Kierran Moseley and Dan Mortimer, while evergreen Luke Douglas is ever-ready to do whatever job is required.

    The Titans were dead and buried ten minutes into the second half at Canberra last weekend, but they found a way to get a sniff of victory and kept gnawing away until the resistance was broken.

    Henry is widely regarded as an excellent tactician but he is moulding, motivating and encouraging this vastly underrated team to get results in a competition brimming with big names and huge reputations.

    He and his team began the year without their main playmaker (Elgey), lost the experience of Nate Myles to Manly and, at the last minute, their try-scoring superstar, James Roberts, walked out to the Broncos.

    Over-riding everything was Daly Cherry-Evans’ back-flip back to Manly – a vicious kick to the teeth if ever there was one for a battling club and team in a rebuilding phase.

    The Gold Coast collectively deserve a five-star wrap. It’s a mystery why they haven’t got one.

    Please accept it today lads, free of charge and agendas, from The Roar.

    And go show everyone what you’ve got against the title favourites at Cbus Super Stadium on Friday.

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    • March 30th 2016 @ 10:34am
      Ken said | March 30th 2016 @ 10:34am | ! Report

      They’ve had a good run and I think most fans would be happy to see them up there in the top 4 rather than another of the usual suspects. But you’ve got to call it what it is, 3 from 4 in early season games against non-heavyweight teams.

      If they keep it up, beat a couple of big guns (they can start this week with the Broncs) and are cruising in the top 4 post-origin, they’ll get accolades. Actually I’d be surprised if they weren’t media darlings by that point with everyone eager to get on the ‘feel-good underdog story of the year’

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      March 30th 2016 @ 10:41am
      Epiquin said | March 30th 2016 @ 10:41am | ! Report

      You can’t really blame people for not getting excited about a club that missed the finals last year being 3-1 with 22 rounds to go.
      The reason they aren’t getting love from the media is because it’s not a story.


      • March 30th 2016 @ 12:11pm
        Bulldog said | March 30th 2016 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

        On your logic – why is Parramatta such a huge story. Same applies to them. Seems to be a media / NRL obsession with Parramatta at the moment. Good luck to them but they are not the only story…

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          March 30th 2016 @ 12:44pm
          Epiquin said | March 30th 2016 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

          Are Parramatta a huge story? I will certainly give you that I have seen more about them than the Titans, but that is probably because I live in Sydney.

          I will say that they managed to knock off the defending premiers, which is a news-worthy achievement, but even so, I wouldn’t say that they are the headline act of the NRL right now.

          • March 30th 2016 @ 2:17pm
            Bulldog said | March 30th 2016 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

            You must live at the The Rocks in Sydney because if you think the Eels have not been the main theme during the pre-season and early in the season you must be under one (a rock that is). Even Roy Masters states on the ABC Offsiders show two weekends ago how the NRL were promoting / banking on the Eels for a big season in the battle for Western Sydney. Granted they did win the Nines… Beating the Cows when the Cows had a shocker is no huge story.

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              March 30th 2016 @ 4:12pm
              Epiquin said | March 30th 2016 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

              The Eels have always been one of the teams media love to talk about, especially when there is news that they cheated the salary cap and their board might be sacked or the club docked points. Sure, there has been plenty of news about that.

              • Roar Guru

                March 30th 2016 @ 8:54pm
                Sleiman Azizi said | March 30th 2016 @ 8:54pm | ! Report

                I don’t think the Titans have earnt enough ‘love capital’ yet to be a media darling.

                But give them a few more successes and that will probably change.

    • Roar Guru

      March 30th 2016 @ 10:49am
      PNG Broncos fan88 said | March 30th 2016 @ 10:49am | ! Report

      Spot on Tim.

      Looking forward to the battle between Hunt v Taylor, Roberts v Hoffman.
      Ex-Broncos always seem to put in a bit extra when facing the old firm.
      Won’t be an easy win for Brisbane that’s for sure.

      • Columnist

        March 30th 2016 @ 11:09am
        Tim Prentice said | March 30th 2016 @ 11:09am | ! Report

        Not sure if Tyrone Roberts is fit to play. Ditto big Ryan.
        Friday will be a severe test.

    • March 30th 2016 @ 11:06am
      The eye said | March 30th 2016 @ 11:06am | ! Report

      Well I think a team that is cored around unwanted personnel definitely IS a story…The list of the punted from previous clubs starts with the coach,then…Olive,let go Mcdonald,let go,Hoffman,let go Davis let go Roberts let go,Taylor,let go..McQueen,Shillo,Friend,Morts,Taia,Pettybourne…all flicked to make way for ‘better’ players….odds are there in for a fall,but right here right now this is the team of the month..one set..one set !

    • March 30th 2016 @ 11:06am
      Marshall said | March 30th 2016 @ 11:06am | ! Report

      If a tree falls in the forest with no one around, does it make a sound?

      • Roar Guru

        March 30th 2016 @ 11:41am
        Dutski said | March 30th 2016 @ 11:41am | ! Report

        It causes a mechanical vibration that would be interpreted as sound by any living creature in the vicinity. So, yes.

        • March 30th 2016 @ 3:54pm
          DoubleDown said | March 30th 2016 @ 3:54pm | ! Report

          But then if it takes a living creature to interpret it as sound and there aren’t any around then surely technically it doesn’t.

          • March 30th 2016 @ 4:57pm
            Dean - Surry Hills said | March 30th 2016 @ 4:57pm | ! Report

            What about a noise activated digital camera? It would record the sound with images for all to hear and see after the event took place.

            The quote is philosophical, but incorrect.

            Who’s to say that the other trees in the forest didn’t hear it fall?
            After all, it is reported that many plants respond well in terms of growth to classical music.

            • March 30th 2016 @ 5:28pm
              Marshall said | March 30th 2016 @ 5:28pm | ! Report

              While I appreciate the seriousness with which my fellow Roarers have tackled this great question, I was more just pointing out that no one cares about the Gold Coast Titans.

              • Roar Guru

                March 30th 2016 @ 6:21pm
                Dutski said | March 30th 2016 @ 6:21pm | ! Report

                So we should stop the constructivism and whatnot?

              • March 30th 2016 @ 6:42pm
                Dean - Surry Hills said | March 30th 2016 @ 6:42pm | ! Report

                So the tree that falls is Greg Bird.
                The forest that he falls in is the Cbus Super Stadium.
                It happens after a training drill, whilst no one else is there to witness his muffled cries of pain.

                Confucius says that 7,813 members don’t care…………. but Laurie Daley does.

              • March 31st 2016 @ 10:52pm
                Scott said | March 31st 2016 @ 10:52pm | ! Report

                Marshall just to point out some people do care about the Titans. It isn’t a story because News Limited strongly support Brisbane despite having the worst newspaper in the world on the Gold Coast

    • March 30th 2016 @ 11:10am
      MAX said | March 30th 2016 @ 11:10am | ! Report

      Hi Tim, gratifying to read your acknowledgement of the Titans efforts and future and that they actually exist.

      It is in our DNA’s to cheer for the underdog and be cautious in our trust of authority. Canberra v Titans
      afforded us the opportunity to let it rip. Shillington’s try was as sweet as it gets. When every player
      gives maximum effort the results are doubly satisfying for the forgotten and unheralded underdog.

      Their team spirit is infectious and good to learn the club has funds for recruitment. Titans rising!

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