Newcastle’s season has come to a sudden halt following their 46-20 loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Despite being outnumbered, a lot of dedicated Knights supporters showed up to see their team play finals footy for the first time in seven years.
With two quick converted tries to Hymel Hunt and Bradman Best and a penalty goal after 12 minutes, Newcastle were up 14-0, but that’s all they had for the first half.
Sadly the rest of the game saw us concede 46 points and score only one consolation try, converted by the retiring Aidan Guerra.
One thing I’ve realised is that in every game Newcastle were hammered this year, at the moment they feel like the game is lost they give up on themselves. Another preseason under Adam O’Brien will benefit the team and I would love for them to find a way to gain a better mindset to build from moments like there.
The idea of thinking you have lost is a passive attitude, and passive mindsets never get you there. The idea of an assertive and dedicated mindset can really take you further – and not just on the football field but in life too.
I am all for taking things one day at a time, but now the Knights are used to the style of Adam O’Brien in the preseason they’ll be able to adapt better. Plus, with Tyson Frizell on the way, I see a brighter 2021 for them.
Despite the finals loss, the players should be proud of what they achieved. They came into the season with a mission to break the Newcastle Knights finals drought, and that’s what they did. Now their next goal is to break the premiership drought, which next year runs 20 years.
Now our players as a team know what finals footy is all about, they’ll be one step closer to making it happen.
As fans, let’s be proud of the fact we made the top eight. We’ve been hungry for finals footy and that’s what we got. I know a lot of fans are upset about the result, and you can count me in on that.
But we’ve got a good lot of young players coming up, and most look set for the long run. We got a coach with a ruthless style, which in the long run will see us once more as a heavyweight team.