First and foremost, congratulations! We did it. We survived the dreaded off season and unfortunately, it really was a dreadful one this year. If you have stayed strong through it all, welcome back. Lets stick together and hope that the player’s actions on the field will do the talking for the rest of 2019.
Despite the negativities - and I know there were a lot - there are still a lot of positives. I know how hard it can be to see them and I know how tempting it can be to walk away from the game but just wait for that ball to be kicked off tonight. The mere sight of the ball floating in the air and the sound of that first bone crunching hit up will remind you why you loved this game to begin with. You’ll glance around the field, whether it be in person at the stadium or sitting at home in front of your TV, and you’ll see the players out there who are still dedicating to setting a positive image for the game. I’m not asking you to ignore the bad ones, I’m just asking you to focus on the good ones.
Please don’t let the minority within the game ruin it for you. We’re in this together.
I promise, I will do everything in my power to help spread that positivity that I know is still there within the game. In fact, as horrible as it was, this off season just cemented in my heart the passion to spread positivity with Top Eight, Bottom Eight.
It’s been an absolute joy to communicate with all of you and I can’t express how much it means to me when you tag me in a feel good story so I can share it. Please, never stop doing that. That tag alone is the first step to spreading the word. We can all work together to quieten the negativity that I know we all so badly want silenced one day.
2019 is going to be an exciting year for us all.
For myself specifically, it will be a tricky one but also just as exciting. You may or may not know that I recently relocated from Sydney to Los Angeles. A move that was a gamble for my NRL ambitions but one that I felt I had to make for my life goals. I’m not here specifically to spread awareness for NRL in America but if I can have any part in making it happen, I won’t complain.
I do ask for a little bit of patience while I juggle my new life and the footy season. Thankfully, I have full access because of “Watch NRL” but there may be some games that I’ll only be able to comment on a day or two later.
A few weeks ago my father sent me a message after he caught up on my tweets from the days past. It was a simple message but so true.
“You can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the footy from the girl.”
It’s a true statement and something I promise to live by. I still believe in this game so much and my passion is still strong. I still vow to help this game in any way I can and I still promise to be a voice for fans when they needs. Most importantly, I promise to be a positive voice for the players.
I have some exciting plans for 2019 and I can’t wait to share everything with you all but most importantly, I can’t wait to see some good footy.
I’m really looking forward to talking to you all this year.
Stay kind to one another. There’s too much negativity within the game for the fans to turn on each other too.
I know this isn’t just a game but you do only have one life and you might as well spend it looking for the positivities in the world.