IT'S MY VIEW: It should have been our day in the sun

Warrington Guardian: Wolves players feel the pain of Grand Final defeat Wolves players feel the pain of Grand Final defeat

I DIDN’T bother watching the World Club Challenge clash between Sydney Roosters and Wigan Warriors at the weekend.

For me, it felt like it should have been Warrington Wolves’ day in the sun.

Over the winter and in the build-up to the 2014 campaign, I was fed up of hearing about the double-winning Warriors of last season so why would I have wanted it rammed down my throat again on Saturday morning?

It’s not jealousy. I accept Wigan won the Grand Final last October to be crowned Super League champions, but it doesn’t mean I have to feel they deserved it.

Nobody will ever make me believe otherwise, that if Warrington Wolves had not lost the services of both Joel Monaghan and Stefan Ratchford in that Grand Final showdown then Tony Smith’s men would have been title winners for the first time since 1955.

And Lee Briers, Adrian Morley, Gareth Carvell, Brett Hodgson, Mike Cooper and Tyrone McCarthy would have had the Warrington send off deserving of their efforts and achievement over a number of years.

To have then had our noses rubbed in it by 99 percent of the media telling us how super-duper Wigan were on that night, it made my blood boil. I actually have nightmares seeing that grin on Shaun Wane’s face.

And to have become double winners on the back of what was one of the worst Challenge Cup Finals in memory – the 16-0 defeat of Hull FC at Wembley – was another kick in the teeth.

No, on Saturday morning I watched paint dry, fed grass to some sheep and watered the garden – anything to keep me away from that box in the lounge.

If I had watched, I would have been cheering for the NRL champions and to be honest I didn’t really want to back an Aussie team over a British one – not even one that had been so supportive in helping Wolves with their pre-season preparations.

I was on Central Park pleased to see Wigan defeat Manly in 1987 and I was at Old Trafford happy to watch Widnes beat Canberra in 1989. I’ve always backed the British club but couldn’t bring myself to do it this time. Wigan just didn’t deserve to be there, in my view.

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7:55pm Thu 27 Feb 14

ninearches says...

No good crying over spilled milk ! At least the Wire lost because they didn't stoop to acts of play designed to cause injury.
No good crying over spilled milk ! At least the Wire lost because they didn't stoop to acts of play designed to cause injury. ninearches
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8:18am Fri 28 Feb 14

SickAndTired2 says...

ninearches wrote:
No good crying over spilled milk ! At least the Wire lost because they didn't stoop to acts of play designed to cause injury.
Wire lost simply because they weren't good enough. End of.
[quote][p][bold]ninearches[/bold] wrote: No good crying over spilled milk ! At least the Wire lost because they didn't stoop to acts of play designed to cause injury.[/p][/quote]Wire lost simply because they weren't good enough. End of. SickAndTired2
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8:21am Fri 28 Feb 14

SickAndTired2 says...

"For me, it felt like it should have been Warrington Wolves’ day in the sun."

It's always your year! It's always your year! Just like the last one, it's always your year!
"For me, it felt like it should have been Warrington Wolves’ day in the sun." It's always your year! It's always your year! Just like the last one, it's always your year! SickAndTired2
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3:31pm Fri 28 Feb 14

brogs70 says...

Stop crying, they weren't good enough, every Season you start believing your own Publicity, big mistake, if those injuries hadn't happened you still wouldn't have won, your Gameplan consists of Blitz the opposition in the first 20 mins and hopefully we'll have enough of a lead that they'll get disheartened, the trouble with that is you have no Plan B when the opposition digs in and fights back, your like all bullies, don't like it when somebody fights back, so stop blaming your own failings on extraneous circumstances, you weren't good enough on the Day, end of.
Stop crying, they weren't good enough, every Season you start believing your own Publicity, big mistake, if those injuries hadn't happened you still wouldn't have won, your Gameplan consists of Blitz the opposition in the first 20 mins and hopefully we'll have enough of a lead that they'll get disheartened, the trouble with that is you have no Plan B when the opposition digs in and fights back, your like all bullies, don't like it when somebody fights back, so stop blaming your own failings on extraneous circumstances, you weren't good enough on the Day, end of. brogs70
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6:38pm Fri 28 Feb 14

SickAndTired2 says...

It's always your year! It's always your year! Just like the last one, it's always your year!
It's always your year! It's always your year! Just like the last one, it's always your year! SickAndTired2
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1:49pm Sat 1 Mar 14

wolfitdown says...

It wasn't to be, of course the injuries before and during the game affected matters but that's life in the end we couldn't go the distance, I feel the result proved it was right to release some of the older players, so a big thank you to them all for a fantastic five years.
It wasn't to be, of course the injuries before and during the game affected matters but that's life in the end we couldn't go the distance, I feel the result proved it was right to release some of the older players, so a big thank you to them all for a fantastic five years. wolfitdown
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