Hi, it’s Eorl here.
And what a way to celebrate my 400th Giants appearance!
I’m not exactly noted for my tryscoring exploits, so to get over for one in the game against Castleford is something I’ll never forget, particularly as it took us a step closer to securing a top-four finish.
But while I might not forget this game in a hurry, I’m amazed how many games I have completely forgotten over the years.
In the build-up to my 400th, I was asked a number of times which have been my most memorable games. You can often remember the bigger occasions, such as the finals and semi-finals, but a lot of the others have been completely wiped from the memory banks.
It’s strange, but I can clearly remember my debut over 14 years ago.
It was against London Broncos at the Valley and I came on as a substitute to replace Nick Fozzard when he picked up an injury.
I then remember taking a couple of head shots, which was something which has set the tone for the rest of my career. Put it this way, it was probably the only game I started when I didn’t have a broken nose!
Unfortunately, I also remember we lost that match.
I think we also lost the next few after that as well, but these were some of the first fixtures I have no recollection of whatsoever.
I suppose making my debut was always going to be one I’d never forget. This was the moment I was starting to live the dream.
And over the years, there have been some dream moments.
It’s hard to say which has been the proudest moment, but beating Wakefield at home to clinch the Super League Leaders Shield in 2013 has to be right up there.
It was the first time in 81 years Huddersfield had finished top of the table, and to be part of this success for my hometown was incredibly special.
But we still haven’t won the two biggest prizes – the Super League trophy and Challenge Cup.
In my time, we have come close to winning the Challenge Cup, having twice reached the final. As everyone knows, that ended in tears on both occasions.
We’re still waiting to reach our first Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.
So how about this season?
We know we’re going to have to play a lot better than we did to beat Cas the other night. We do have this very bad habit of making things hard for ourselves.
But we also know we’re not that far away from producing the performances that won’t just help us get to Old Trafford but lift the Super League trophy for the first time.
We are good enough to do it.