The Greatest NRL Grand Final Ever. Lesson Number Five: Never Bet Against A True Champion…

At the beginning of October last month, my family and I attended the Grand Final match of the NRL [National Rugby League (of Australia)] season.

The game was a played between the Penrith Panthers and the Brisbane Broncos. These two teams finished first and second during the regular season and were the best two teams of the seventeen teams that competed throughout this season.

The Penrith Panthers, the team that finished first, were also the season Premiers for 2021 and 2022, and were chasing a third straight Premiership title. This was a feat not seen in the NRL for some forty years, and a feat made very difficult to achieve because of salary-cap restrictions [spending restrictions] placed on each team in an effort to help spread the talent [of players] more evenly throughout the competition.

The team that the Panthers were to play was the Brisbane Broncos, who had finished equal first, but second on points differentials. The Broncos had been a very successful team some twenty and thirty years ago but had not won a premiership now for sixteen years.

The Broncos team was very talented, and the game was expected to be a cracker of a contest.

And it was.

After leading the Broncos 8-6 at half-time, the Panthers fell behind 24-8 during the second half, but with 18 minutes to play they turned on the afterburners to win the match 26-24.

This was the biggest comeback ever seen in the history of Rugby League Grand Finals.

The result left all spectators, commentators and journalists amazed at what they had just witnessed.

With eighteen minutes to play, nobody in the ground believed that the tide could turn against the Broncos who had taken the half-time score from 6-8 to 24-8.

At 24-8, the whole crowd believed that the Broncos would just go on with the slaughter of the Panthers and show no mercy.

Everybody in the ground believed that at that point, with eighteen minutes to go, it was “game over” for the Panthers.

Things did not look good for the Panthers…

The trouble was, nobody told the Panthers players that the game over script had been written for them…

For those at the ground… and those watching on TV…

For those at the ground, and for those fans watching on TV, the game seemed to have slipped from the Panthers’ grasp, and a win seemed unachievable.

The Panthers looked like they were out of gas.

Even the Panthers’ die-hard fans were wondering what was going on?

But the Panthers players dug deep.

And in that moment of soul searching, the thing that the Panthers players knew, was that the Panthers were the best team all season, they were always the team to beat, all season, and that they were deserving of the [rare] chance that stood before them of winning three Premierships in a row…

And, and, they knew that there was still time to turn the scoreboard around in their favour…

Because they were the Penrith Panthers.

And they had come to show the people of the world what was right, and what those people knew all along….

That when the chips are down, a champion team will always rise to the occasion to take what is rightfully theirs, and to stand tall, and stand victorious….

Because they deserved the reward for effort.

Because they were indeed the best team in the NRL.

And they deserved their rightful recognition, as the greatest NRL team of the modern day era.

Nobody should ever bet against a true champion…

In business…

In business, there will always be a number one.

The best business in town.

The best business in the area, of its type….

And there will always be those other businesses who will want to take that title from them, but without justification or back up or runs on the board.

To be number one, you’ve got to be the best.

Calling yourself the best, without the credentials, is simply lip service.

In business, are you truly number one?

Based on performance, is your business number one really?

Or are you just pretending…..


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