Tumultuous season



WITH the curtain closing on a tumultuous season, the question arises as to how and when the Macksville machine will be overcome.

Conquered they will be, eventually.

But as was the case when Port reigned supreme, it's no use waiting for them to stumble.

Rivals must tactically adapt while lifting standards to meet their's, just the way it should be.

Looking back over the past 25 years there's been a gradual transition in styles of play.

Starting with the power game of Bellingen, we arrived at the mistake-free perfection of Nambucca under Rick Stone.

1994-95 became a bit of a lottery before Brett Davis introduced speed to the Roosters which Matt Donovan modified, with a touch of elegance, at Orara.

The Shark era was built on brute strength with their only blemish, the day Bello trumped them in '99.

As I said at the time, the Magpies outbought, out thought and outfought the invaders from the south.

Then came Macksville playing a brand of football that defies description.

What they do and how they do it, appears as mysterious to them as it does to their opponents.

They can have all the charm of Albert Pierrepoint and be ten times as deadly.

For those who don't know, old Albert was the British hangman with old world manners who managed to 'top' 2000 villains during his lethal career.

The Mighties smile at you then crunch you.

A common thread runs through this, especially since the beginning of the '90's.

Not having quality Aboriginal players in your team means you start behind the eight ball.

Ignoring the obvious examples, look at the rise of Woopi and the slide of Port.

The Sharks began drifting with the exit of Lockwood while the Seahorses finally found their groove when Murray and Toomey began delivering surprises.

Group 2 is what it is because of Aboriginal players.

Without them, we're stuffed.

The top clubs are the ones who honourably blend the races together and if you don't believe me, check the finishing order and the playing roster from 2005 alone.

This is why the question of Gimbisi Valley is the most important of the coming off-season.

Giving them the shaft, for this seems to be the general feeling I get from those who will vote on their future,is not the answer.

With so many family and cultural connections to other clubs, removing the Warriors is a risk to stability.

Worse still, it may mean players are lost forever to rugby league.

Gimbisi's problems begin in their own back yard.

Unfortunately, these slipped over the fence into our yard.

They must be made to accept reality.

Remove any troublemakers and end the conflict with Macleay Valley.

Lift their professional standards in the conduct of matches and paperwork.

Above all, make their officials, players and supporters admit every time a referee rules against them in a game, it's not some racial plot against them.

Please, give them one more chance.

One last chance.

If it doesn't work then, even I will admit defeat.



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