On Tue, 16 Jul 2002 08:39:10 +1000, "Plugger"
>> As Zane noted, Port is yet to beat the Kangaroos in a
>> proper AFL game.
>> Why is this so, do the Roos have an invisible force
>> field which is synchronised to admit all except Power
>> Does Pagen have a special grudge against Port, trying
>> significantly harder against them?
>> Do the Roos have some special ingredient which no
>> other club in the league has latched onto?
>I can't quite understand both Williams' and Primus' media comments on this
>game. Do they really expect even their own players to believe that they
>should go into this game as underdogs? And what is the point in doing so
>anyway? Obviously its with the belief that the best way to get them fired up
>for the game is to play down their chances. Does this really work?
Well the alternative is going for their ninth win in a row and nothing
to make the match stand out. Personally I think players from any club
shouldn't need a motivational talk before the match about beating
teams, on a losing streak, etc. etc. It's not rocket science - go out
there for 2 hours of game time and bust your gut. Not too much to ask
for young men paid 10 - 20 times what most people their age are.
>Personally I think it is coming across as being negative about their
>chances. Port are playing the best football of their history and, arguably,
>North are at their weakest since Port have been in the AFL. What better time
>to be confident of getting over the Kangas? Maybe it's also about not being
>arrogant, but I think Port and Williams have done well to date in appearing
>confident without being arrogant (mostly). IMO this latest ploy is not in
>the best interests of Port's finals chances - they need to be fully
>confident and firing going into the finals, as recent history has shown. One
>could argue that what's said in the media could be totally different to what
>is being said to the players during the week behind closed doors, but if
>that's the case, then why bother with the BS to the media? Is it possible
>that a small hiccup in Port's progress is being manufactured in order to
>fire them up for the coming *** on the finals campaign? If so, its a
I have to agree somewhat. I get tired of all coaches (not just
Williams) saying we respect the opposition, expect a tough game, etc.
etc. Take last weeks Crows v. Saints game. Nothing would have made me
increase my opinion of Ayres more then saying before the match 'We've
lost a few, but are playing at home against a hopeless side. If we
don't win easily something is wrong'. Ditto Mark Williams should be
willing to say Port should flog the saints when we play them at footy
park. If it takes a comment like this to fire up the opposition, then
the opposition coach should be having his players heads read for why
they need such a spark and can't play well without it.