Fan Picked: Memorable moments of 2010
As we count down the days to the end of 2010, the fans of the game have picked out what they consider to be the most memorable moments of the year.
For some fans, the most memorable parts of the year were the brilliant displays of athleticism by the players on the field.
Lugad Omido nominated Josh Dugan’s brilliant try against the Dragons at Canberra Stadium (Watch), whilst Matthew Turner still remembers Benji Marshall’s 50 meter field goal (Watch).
Jez Zil remembers Jarryd Hayne’s length of the field try aganst the Panthers (Watch), whilst Joey Elkin nominated speedsters Nathan Gardner’s (Watch) and Akulia Uate’s (Watch) freakish tries against the Roosters.
Whilst for other fans, it was what happened off the field that they remember most, including Todd Carney’s Dally M victory, and of course the Melbourne Storm salary cap scandal.
Whilst the Storm salary cap breach hurt everyone, especially the most dedicated Melbourne fans, they kept the faith as displayed by Mark Moffat post “(My most memorable moment was the) Storms win over Warriors after the Salary Cap rort, where we showed passion and heart to hammer them I front of 25,000...bought a tear to my eye and I then knew we were going to be okay!” (Watch)
Back on the field, certain games stick in the minds of the fans. Zoe Vaughan speaks for a lot of the fans by picking the Preliminary Final between the Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters as the match that sticks in her mind the most. (Watch), whilst naturally every Dragons fan will forever remember their Grand Final victory at ANZ Stadium.
Pam Lawrence possibly summed it up best when describing how much that victory meant to not only her, but thousands of Dragons fans around the country when she said “being in Bay 119 of ANZ on 3/1/10 and watching my beautiful Dragons, the team I have supported with passion for 35 years winning their first comp in 31 years...took away a lot of the pain of '85, 92, 93, 96 and 99...especially '99...I saw them win two comps when I was in primary school, but 2010 was more special, seeing my favourite player Jason Nightingale score two awesome tries, and being in Jubilee Ave and Kogarah Oval after the game...I LOVE MY DRAGONS!!!!!!!” (Relive the Grand Final)
In the representative arena there were plenty of great memorable moments by the fans. For Rachel Edwards, and most of the NRL fans across the ditch, the Four Nations Final victory by the Kiwis will long be remembered (Watch), especially the freaky last minute try by the visitors at Suncorp (Watch).
North of the border, Rhonda Cooke selected what most Queenslanders put as their highlight of the year, that being the 3 – 0 State of Origin whitewash, and of course the fifth series victory in a row for the Maroons (Watch).
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