The Hurricanes were awful on Friday night. Simply dire. Free of ideas, disjointed and free of the sparkle that made the side such a crowd favourite around ten years ago. They played a style you would expect to see from a Canterbury “B” side.
Only just over 8000 turned up to watch them too, and a fair proportion of them left before the final whistle. The first home game of the season is normally one of the better attended matches; it is hard to see that being matched next weekend.
However, after intense research (one tweet) we have uncovered four people who are intending to go, and have even agreed to open up and explain this mindset. Half of them are even travelling to watch it.
Matt will be there, and he’s flying in from Brisbane covered in optimism.
I am supposed to be heading back to Wellington for the week and was hoping to catch the canes play Saturday night, I still am despite the result on Friday.
My reasons are twofold. They are my team and I will support them through thick and thin, a club is built on die-hard fans and while I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest fan there is, they will always be my team, win or loss, despite looking like a 4ths out there this week.
It’s like the old saying, the night is darkest before the dawn and the passes and little ridiculous flick balls are bound to work out at some point and hopefully I am there when it happens
The second reason is that it’s a good pre town warm up.
Josh is making his annual visit from Auckland.
For me, it’s not so much about the performance as it is about the team. I’ve been a Hurricanes fan since day 1, stuck with them through the lean spell of the late Nineties, enjoyed the success of the Colin Cooper era, and even though I thoroughly disagreed with Hammett’s appointment and his approach in alienating so many of our stars it is still about the team.
What it also means is that every year, I get to fly to Wellington, hang out with old friends, and head along to a home game. I’ll go to the game in Auckland against the Blues, and it is always satisfying winning at Eden Park. But nothing beats the atmosphere of a home win.
Jim lives in Wellington. He is bruised, but is still going along.
Honestly? I don’t feel like going along next week BUT I will 1) to hang out with my mates 2) because I’m a member and 3) it’s a family friendly KO time so will take the kids along.
This team has finally broken my spirit, I am done emotionally investing in this lot, I’m just going to watch 2 teams play footie…so I say now, am unsure what stage of grief I’m in, possibly still ANGER.
I had three spare tickets for Friday and I could not give them away for love nor money. This team has lost its fan base and it’s shrinking fast, and the worst thing is that those in charge show no signs of caring.
Loyal Wellington breakfast radio host Steve Joll becomes the fourth to put his hand up.
“I’ll be there mostly because I’m determined that, should they ever start winning, I’ll be the guy that gets to say ‘I was there during the tough times’. You know, the self-righteous twat that looks down on bandwagon riding Johnny-come-lately types. That guy. That’ll be me.
Also, it’s either go to the game or stay home with the kids.”
So there you have it; the mind-set of Hurricanes fans 2014 edition. Thank you for opening up like that. The Black Knights of the modern era.