This week, Mary Kaye looks back at the Blue and Gold victory in Round 12 against the Penrith Panthers at Pepper Stadium. You can catch up on Mary Kaye's blogs at Ladies who League here
Despite working back late last Friday night and watching the game from a television at work while reading a document - it still got my weekend off to the perfect start.
After a tough couple of weeks and a couple of very close games, it was really positive to see the boys finally get across the line on Friday night. A tiny part of me did feel sorry for Penrith - particularly after they lost Matty Moylan and Jamie Soward quite early… but I quickly forgot about any pity that I had for the Panthers once that final siren went.
There were two things that I really enjoyed about our performance on Friday night.
The first was that it really looked like our boys got their mojo back. Energy and spirit was back up and it was tremendous to see the team so vocal and encouraging of one another. I remember seeing Choc speaking to Chrissy before the game - encouraging him and firing him up - I thought this was a really good sign and I was right. This energy was present for almost the whole 80 minutes.
Can you guess what the other thing I loved was? Of course it was Semi Radradra running down that side line. With a big 2 tries (when we really needed them), it was great to see our Semi back to his start of season form following his injury.
I also briefly wanted to mention Will Hopoate who, following his tremendous performance for the Blues a week and a half ago, had his best game for the blue and gold this year.
That victory was our fourth for the year. Despite being slightly behind the 8 ball (and out of the top 8), with players having returned and returning from injury over recent weeks, we are looking good for the remainder of the season particularly as other teams start to fatigue and feel the impact of State of Origin.
Last week I finished my blog with a call to arms. This week I am going to finish with the same thing. This weekend sees our boys return to Parramatta Stadium on Monday evening. What better way to finish a long weekend than to see our boys take on the Cowboys. So get out there, bring your family and bring your friends. We all know that there is nothing better than a full Pirtek Stadium and our boys swimming in a sea of blue and gold.
If that isn't enough to convince you, then surely the return of the one and only David Gower will be enough to get you out to Pirtek Stadium.
See you at the game - I'll be wearing my scarf with pride and cheering for David Gower (fingers crossed he gets a try).