The wait is OVER! We are in the GRAND FINAL! Do you hear? We are vying to be numero uno in the Premiership. We played the qualifying game against our rivals and we sent them packing. It’s taken three years to get past that point, but we did it! It doesn’t get any better than this!
How did you react? Because looking around the crowd when the siren went at full-time was an irreplaceable moment. There were tears, screams, people jumping, hugging, standing in shock, looks of disbelief and looks of utter enjoyment. The noise was deafening and the sea of red and green was flooding. Our colours suffocated ANZ and have since spilled over to coat every corner of Sydney.
Beating the Roosters was a wonderful reward. Many fans were fearful of this match up, and seeing them score a quick double gave our nerves a battering. If you didn’t think the worst at that time, you are not human. But, it was not to be for the Roosters. We pulled our socks up, held our heads high and muscled up.
Greg Inglis shone, Reynolds kept a cool head, Te’o showed his passion and Sam did us proud. But, one moment in this game showed our extraordinary promise, and that was the try-assist by Keary down the left side. From where I was sitting, he knew the play was on, and even though it was not easy he called for the ball. He stood up, he took the wheel and he showed us that his hunger was huge.
We have a team of men from all walks. Senior players who are absolute professionals and young guys who are determined to show the veterans that they have just as good ability. They all want this, and they want to do this for us.
This week leading up to the game has been extraordinary. The open training session was surreal. I have been to many training sessions, but this just blew me out of the ball park. The support that is out there is second to none and as strong as strong can be. We have been waiting for this for so, so long and it is clear that each and every one of us are eager for the win.
On Sunday the 5th of October, the South Sydney Rabbitohs will have the chance to win the 2014 Premiership. They knocked their bitter rivals out in the qualifier and contributed to Manly’s demise. They have 80 minutes left and one team left in their way.
I admire the men who will fight this out for us and I cannot find the words to describe how proud I am of them. This is a dream come true for me and all those who bleed red and green. I will leave nothing in the tank on Sunday with my promise to support them in every way I can. Will Provan and Summons be coming to Redfern? The next 80 minutes will tell!
LET’S DO THIS! Up the mighty Rabbitohs!