Gilly's Gossip

Gilly's Gossip

Oliver Gildart’s pre-season blog was that good we’ve decided to keep it going during the season too. Read on for more of Gilly’s Gossip!

Hi everyone, hope you’re all good!

It’s been a bit weird this past week as we came back home last Monday from Australia and the 38c temperatures to today where its been snowing at -4c! To be honest though, I’m getting used to the British weather again now.

Personally, it was my first time in Australia and it was a really good trip and I really enjoyed it. Training was tough though - they were long days and we got a lot of work done but it was worth it in the end as it was a great experience.

It was great to get the two points against Hull! We wanted to win against Souths too but unfortunately we didn’t. We were changing players fairly regularly in that game to give the young lads a chance so it was hard to get a bit of consistency. On the whole, however, it’s been a great advert for Super League, as it was all about growing the game and the work that we did over there definitely made a lot more people aware of our club and Super League too so I think it has been a success and we’ve benefited from it. I would love to do it again, possible every year or every two years, as I think it would be worthwhile.

To cope with the jet lag and weather difference, the coaching staff have given the players routines to stick to - having naps during the day, drinking certain drinks and stuff like that. It has been hard as I’ve never flew that far where I’ve had jetlag so it does take it out of you - I woke up at 4am in the morning the other night and it took a few days to get back into my normal routine but I’m feeling good now and back to myself.

In terms of the game last Friday against Warrington, I don’t think the jetlag helped but it wasn’t the main factor for our defeat. The three teams (us, Hull and Leeds) that went to Australia all lost at the weekend so it clearly has had an effect but as a team we started a bit flat and the performance was never up to our standards.

We now have the chance to bounce back on Friday against Widnes at the DW and we are definitely looking to make it a fortress this season like we did back in 2015, when we were undefeated in the league at home. We want to get that record back and it’s always great playing at the DW in front of our home crowd and hopefully we can get the win.

The fans have been brilliant so far this season too. Many of them turned out at Salford and Warrington where they were loud throughout too and obviously to make the trip to Australia is phenomenal. It’s not cheap by any means so to see so many Wiganers over there it makes you feel good as a player and they definitely get us through the tough games.

A few of the lads and I, along with the Kenny Stirling shield, visited the Grand Arcade in Wigan on Saturday for the Warriors Roadshow and a lot of fans turned up. It was good to see a lot of familiar faces again and they got the chance to get a picture with the shield which is something different and I’m sure they all enjoyed it as we did too.

I’m sure you’re all aware of Frank-Paul Nuuausala’s departure last week and I have to say I’m a little bit gutted. Obviously, you grow close to your teammates over the years and I won the 2016 Grand Final and 2017 World Club Challenge with him so it’s sad to see him go but he had his reasons and I wish him all the best and I’m sure he’ll do well back at Sydney Roosters.

Thanks for your continued support and see you all on Friday!

Oli

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