Newcastle are possibly the hardest team to predict in 2022 with their halves quandary, Kalyn Ponga’s fluctuations and their inconsistency over the past two seasons adding up to a side whose results could vary wildly.
Saturday night saw the Newcastle Knights travel down to the infamous Sydney Cricket Ground ready to take on the Sydney Roosters. A massive thrashing at the hands of the current reigning premiers shows that we’ve got a lot of work left to do.
As much as it pains me to say, we’re nowhere near as good as we can be. Reality is, our team hasn’t reach their potential yet but as I’ve seen so much improvement from them this season overall, it seems inevitable.
We had to win that game and hope the Roosters lose at least one of their next two and Raiders to lose their next two for us to make the top four, but we can rule that out. However, proudly we have make the top eight, which itself is an achievement because for many of our players, it’s going to be their first time playing in finals footy.
I would love for us to win the grand final this year. If we do, it would be pretty phenomenal. However, I predicted at the start of the year we won’t make it past the second week of the finals and sadly I stand by that.
The two elite teams of the competition are the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm. Now I know Penrith look set to have the minor premiership locked up but even so, I’m not going to tip them to win the big one. For the past decade, Sydney and Melbourne have owned the competition.
From 2010-2019, the only years neither of them featured in the big game was in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
Right now, as a team we got more improvement left to do as fans, we got to do what we did during the rebuilding stages and be patient. Our patience saw our team/club finally rebuilt. I know all is fans wants our team to win the grand final but that’s going to take a lot of work to happen and it won’t happen overnight. We can’t always get what we want.
You know the saying “Good things happen to those who wait”? I’m 50/50 with that saying. Theoretically that is correct but it also goes for those who goes out and works the hard yards to accomplish their goals no matter how long it takes.
If you train and dream of bench pressing 100kg, that will take years to accomplish.
Some are blaming the fact we rested Kalyn Ponga, Mitchell Barnett and Hymel Hunt but I actually believe it was a good idea.
Next up, we have the Dragons at home and they may be out of the running for the finals but it doesn’t mean we are just going to be handed the win on a silver platter.
We have to earn that win. It’s also our last guaranteed home game on the season and I know how much it would mean for us Knights supporters to see our team play a finals game at Marathon for the first time since 2006.