SPARE ME THE SANCTIMONY
Seriously, how many faux “controversies” about disunity do we have to endure every time a senior player gives a teammate a public dressing down during the heat of a game?
Nick Maxwell knows the score on this, having copped criticism before for chewing out former teammate Heath Shaw. On Saturday, it was Alex Fasolo who copped a gobful, and a slap on the back for good measure.
“Not a good look” came the predictable tut-tutting. And here’s our equally predictable response. Rack off.
Alex is a big boy and took the spray for transgressing team rules in his stride. And, according to Maxwell on Sunday, welcomed the reminder about what’s expected of him in a back-line role he’s still learning, and that his former skipper knows inside out.
End of story. Unfortunately, for those continually trying to create one out of two-fifths of bugger all.
POOR SHOW TESTS PATIENCE
At what point do we stop excusing Greater Western Sydney’s thrashings as a necessary evil of a youthful list? It must be pretty soon.
A combined losing margin of 224 points in the past two games is the stuff of the Giants’ first season. It can’t be tolerated of a side that was good enough to knock over Sydney two months ago, particularly with Shane Mumford, Jeremy Cameron, Adam Treloar and Curtly Hampton back in the line-up.
The loss of key defenders Phil Davis and Nick Haynes has obviously hurt. But you don’t need to have your key players on deck simply to chase, tackle and apply pressure, all of which have been invisible for the Giants in the past two smashings.
That sort of stuff is poisonous for a club trying to grow support, and with the Giants back in Sydney for the first time in six weeks and in front of just 8331 people, this insipid display could not have come at a worse time.
Leon Cameron looked like a man right out of patience at his post-match press conference, and fair enough. And if his side doesn’t show something at least 100 per cent improved against Hawthorn this week, this spiral could have dire consequences indeed.