Sharks‘ key player, Nicho Hynes, confessed that last year’s disheartening loss in the qualifying finals against the Cowboys clouded his off-season. However, he asserted that he’s overcome that episode and is highly geared up to confront some unsettled accounts this weekend.
Cronulla, ending up second on the tow last year, could’ve secured their place in the preliminary final if they had managed to triumph over the Cowboys on home soil.
However, an unfortunate 32-30 defeat in extra time knocked them out, with ex-Shark Valentine Holmes sealing their fate with a deciding two-point field goal, shortly after Hynes missed a crucial shot.
The ensuing week saw the Sharks suffer a crushing defeat, exiting in straight sets. Naturally, recovering from this initial setback was a months-long process for Hynes.
The Cronulla player admitted the heartbreak of the Cowboys‘ game hounded him across the off-season. Despite their match against the Rabbitohs being relatively uneventful, the game against the Cowboys took a real toll on him.
However, he no longer dwells on the past. Acknowledging he can’t change what is, Hynes stressed he’s taken the lessons on board and is now mainly focusing on the upcoming game against the Roosters.
This experience marked Hynes’ first exposure to on-field setbacks. Understandably, he sought to put plans in place to evade unnecessary brooding over long-past events.
Hynes was not shy in revealing that he sought professional assistance to help shape his mindset. This psychologist suggested strategies he could implement daily to avoid pondering over inconsequential matters.
Hynes shared that he has a set of personal routines and coping mechanisms that he employs when faced with challenging situations. His newly adopted approach limits dwelling on difficult scenarios to a few hours, after which he swiftly moves forward.
The memory of the loss from 2022 will inevitably resonate as Hynes and the Sharks stride into the forthcoming elimination final against the Roosters. Despite this, Hynes emphasised that the past is irrelevant.
He stressed that his team has evolved significantly over the year. Their diligent efforts transformed their failings into strengths. Pondering the trials of yesteryear will fail to do justice to their current team and game. As per Hynes, it is imperative to focus on the present and exhaust efforts towards the ensuing game.
The finals last year saw the Sharks face a totally different team, which was not the Roosters. The latter boasts of players adept at handling high-pressured games. Hence, instead of reminiscing about the past, Hynes believes in the importance of focusing on the coming game and putting in their maximum effort.