Hi, it’s Luke here – again.
I know it should have been Eorl’s turn to do the column this week.
But he made some feeble excuse about having to spend the week training with England and not being around to share some of the Giants’ secrets. I just think he’s being lazy!
Or is it that he just didn’t want to relive the bitter disappointment of our defeat at Hull KR last Friday?
To be honest, that’s something I can understand, because it’s still pretty painful reflecting on the way our night at Craven Park unfolded.
As a group, we’re not in the business of making excuses, but the quick turnaround did appear to take its toll on us. Playing Monday and then backing up on the Friday night hit us hard – although we shouldn’t have allowed that to happen.
The key now is to move on as quickly as possible and make sure we get that Rovers loss out of our system ASAP.
I’m convinced that’s something we’ll do, because the mood within the squad is still as positive as ever.
The day after the Hull KR defeat we all went off to Beverley races, and that proved a great experience for one and all.
The mood at the start was pretty sombre, but once we’d talked as a group about what went wrong the previous night and got down to enjoying ourselves, that mood began to change.
Well, I say the mood of everyone began to change. It did apart from big Anthony Mullally, who experienced a nightmare few days, and earned the Helmet of the Week award as a result.
That honour was actually well and truly nailed-on when he arrived at Beverley – eventually!
Mull decided before we went that he’d make his own way to the racecourse, but he turned up late after he joined the M62 and set off for Manchester rather than Hull! He said he’d simply taken a wrong turning, but we’re not convinced.
But I suppose he might have been struggling to concentrate after his embarrassment of the night before, when he thought he’d be playing against Hull KR’s 70-year-old kitman!
Let me explain. An hour before kick-off, we receive the opposition’s teamsheet in our dressing room, and Mull rushed to see who would be opposite him on the Rovers’ sub bench.
Unfortunately for him, he misread the sheet and thought his opposite number was someone called Alan Fellowes – a player he knew absolutely nothing about.
“I don’t know this guy at all,” he said in a bit of a panic. “Is he any good? What position does he play? Is he one of Hull KR’s youngsters or is he a new signing?”
We all took great delight in telling him exactly who Alan was, which obviously knocked Mull completely out of his stride and went on to affect his on-field warm-up routine. At one stage, he slipped while attempting to juggle a ball and pretended the stumble was all part of his stretching regime, not that his teammates or the amused fans watching on ‘fell’ for that piece of schoolboy improvisation!
It was clear even before his wrong turning to Beverley that Mull would get the Helmet, which came as a relief to the likes of Jake Connor, who went to the course convinced a furlong was actually a lap and expected the races to go on far longer than they actually did.
It summed up a week I think we’d all like to forget!