HI, it’s Eorl here. So, the time has finally come!
After months and months of waiting, it’s the moment all Giants fans have been waiting for – the first official Highs and Lows column from my good self.
Oh, and it’s also the start of Super League XVII!
I’m sure everyone will have gathered straight away why the column’s called Highs and Lows – just look at the picture of Robbo and myself. But it’s also a title that can often sum up the mood within the Giants camp, although we obviously hope there are going to be far more highs than lows.
And on the eve of the season for us, the highs are outweighing the lows.
Yes, we are travelling to Wigan without a bucketload of senior players, but we’ve been aware of this situation for a while now and have adapted accordingly.
On top of that, it’s always a great feeling when the season gets under way – not least because it signals the end of three punishing pre-season months. That always comes as a massive relief.
These are the months when you’re pushed to your limits, both physically and mentally, but it’s also the time when you can cement your place in the opening side by showing you’ve got the right skills, fitness and commitment.
And we head to the DW Stadium tomorrow with Lee Gilmour once again ‘the Helmet of the Week’.
Although training is a very serious business, you do need time to have a laugh and a joke, and picking up this eye-catching individual Giants award is a way of doing just that.
This is an honour handed out on a weekly basis, with the ‘winner’ having to wear a fluorescent green jersey, with ‘Helmet of the Week’ written on the back, to training every day.
What happens is if a player does something stupid, humorous, wacky, etc, they can be nominated, with the current lucky jersey wearer having to pick.
And this week Gilly came out on top for a ridiculous sense of bad judgement.
After we’d had a tough wrestling session, poor old Lee was feeling in some pain – it’s an age thing – and he decided he needed someone to give him a shoulder massage to ease his discomfort.
Several members of the squad would have fitted this particular bill, so why on earth he picked someone like Danny Brough we’ll simply never know!
Broughy is probably the least compassionate man in the world when it comes to the pain of injury felt by his fellow teammates and he’s certainly a far better goalkicking scrum-half than he is masseur.
But Gilly had made up his mind. Broughy was the chosen one, and nothing was going to change – even when desperate Dan was clearly out of his depth and doing everything wrong.
The sight of a stricken Gilly shouting angrily at his unfortunate colleague, telling him he was doing everything wrong – he always likes doing that, because I’m sure he believes he’s more knowledgeable than coaching legend Wayne Bennett – had to be seen to be believed.
We all knew this would be the case from the start, so why couldn’t Gilly!
But, then again, we are talking about the individual who wins the award more than most.
During pre-season, the likes of Broughy, Jason Chan and Adam Walker have also worn the jersey with pride, but they’re still playing catch-up to Gilly by some distance – and don’t expect that to change!