Message from the CEO

Last Saturday night the last 25 minutes meant the weekend was spent analysing a disappointing game below our standards. They’re a fact of life as a rugby player, coach, administrator, and supporter.

We can’t escape this reality when we are so invested as supporters of a sports team. We know that as a group we let everyone down, and we know we must do better.

Trust me when I say that this group has spent the last three days analysing what went wrong. At 15-18 I thought that it was our night. We as a group at the Western Force need to learn quickly so that one bad night doesn’t lead to more.

I recently came across a quote that I thought was perfect for the Force players and coaches who have beat themselves up about their mistakes, decisions, and play in the latter stages of the Crusaders game.

“Don’t place your mistakes on your head, their weight may crush you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as a platform to view your horizons.”  — source unknown.

Tim Sampson and the coaches, along with the leadership group, have worked tirelessly to ensure the playing group remain in a positive state of mind and remain focused on the job at hand - fighting for a place in the finals.

The players selected this week must focus on what they are doing in the moment this Friday against the Highlanders and put their learnings into action.

We need a big game this Friday to keep the season alive, and I encourage you all to get behind the players.

It is a must win, and this will bring the best out in the group.

The team read and appreciates your messages on social media, especially when they’re on tour, so be sure to send your messages of support. Yours in rugby, Tony Lewis CEO