Like it always seems to do, that magical eighty minutes we call rugby league gave back to the people.
Without their beloved coach Shane Flanagan and a whole host of their usual staff, Paul Gallen led his men back onto Shark Park.
In their usual gritty style, the Sharks held on for victory against the Gold Coast Titans. At this point, a win against the Titans is as good as a premiership.
After a week from hell, the players got to do what they do best.
Through this whole scandalous ordeal, these athletes, like so many others in the NRL have been left in the dark. Left to fend for themselves. They have desperately needed the support and guidance of the NRL but it hasn’t come.
Sunday night was a chance for the Sharks to put everything around them on the backburner for one short game of footy.
Whether this is the beginning of the end for this troubled club is anyone’s guess.
The Western Suburbs Magpies returned to the revamped Campbelltown Stadium in 1999 to a heroes welcome. A jam-packed arena of fans were there to see in a new era.
That era lasted all of a few months before merger with the Balmain Tigers.
Gosford was to be the new home of the North Sydney Bears around the same time. A bright new future in an untapped area at the Central Coast was never seen.
The Bears were dead in the water after a disastrous marriage with the Manly Sea Eagles.
And we all know about the Newtown Jets swift exit from the top grade in the mid 1980′s, not long after appearing in a grand final.
Was Sunday night that one last magical moment for the Sharks?
Cronulla are on their last legs and if any club didn’t need an ongoing cancerous scandal, it is the men from the Shire.
Ever seen that Bruce Willis movie ‘Unbreakable’?
Well the Sharkies are the other bloke. Remember Samuel L. Jackson’s character ‘Mr. Glass’?
They never have and never will cop the tip.
These players are paid to play football.
The doctors are paid to look after those players, not use them as human guinea pigs.
Yet it seems these players are going to be hung out to dry like disposable pawns.
There will always be cheats in the world. But most players trust their doctors to do the right thing.
Cronulla had a fleeting moment of joy on Sunday. But be assured that every man and his dog at that ground knew something bigger than a simple victory was coming over the coming weeks.
“It was the easiest thing (playing) I have done all week,” Gallen said post match.
“I couldn’t wait to get out there. It’s 80 minutes where we go out there to do what we do best and that’s play football. With all the crap that has been going on it was the best part of the week.
“It was a tough week. We got through it. We got the win, that’s what we are here to do.
“We got the win and that’s all that matters.”
If it was up to Gallen, Cronulla would play all week long.
Unfortunately now it’s back to reality as the saga drags on.
Published on theroar.com.au