St George Illawarra may have spoiled Nathan Hindmarsh’s farewell bash but the outcome hardly seemed to matter as the biggest Sydney regular season crowd in 43 years flocked to say a final goodbye to 4 of the NRL’s a single-club greats.
The Dragons triumphed 29-eight in the 2012 typical season finale for two teams out of the perform-offs.
This was an occasion to celebrate the careers of 4 decorated players – Dragons duo Ben Hornby and Dean Young enjoying one particular last win above Hindmarsh and likeable winger Luke Burt in front of 45,863 supporters, the biggest crowd for a non-double header in Sydney since Balmain played South Sydney at the SCG in 1969.
It also formed part of an NRL record total of 3,151,666 followers for the typical season.
“A bit unhappy to be truthful with you, sad the way we completed,” Hindmarsh mentioned of his final hurrah.
“I would have liked to have had a win, but that’s the way it transpires.
“I’ve got some fantastic memories, awesome crowd tonight.”
There have been no tears as all four players have been honoured on stage just before finishing a lap of honour, although Hindmarsh admitted it would only be a matter of time.
“Probably about midday tomorrow I reckon, right after a handful of quiet ones,” Hindmarsh explained.
Additional Burt, who enjoyed a extended embrace with his father Dave right after the siren: “I’m sucking them (the tears) up.
“It is one particular of these nights where I am just that happy and I can not inquire for any longer out of my career.”
Ever the clubman, Hornby – who scored 1 of six Dragons tries on the evening when he beat four defenders in a 10 metre run to the line – preferred to concentrate on what the night meant for his team.
“We finished the 12 months off genuinely properly, that last two weeks have been good,” he mentioned.
For Young, the final whistle was pure relief for a battered physique.
Pressed into action early when the Dragons lost Mitch Rein (ankle) and Josh Miller (concussion) within the opening 11 minutes, Young could not push his entire body any additional.
“(I’m) relieved at the minute – if you watched me play tonight, I’ve had ample,” Young mentioned.
“I’ve got practically nothing left to give.
“I am glad it’s all above, it’ll almost certainly hit me like a tonne of bricks in the subsequent 3 days or couple of months.”
Undoubtedly Reni Maitua hit Miller early with a higher shot that landed the Eels lock on report, but it was a brief moment of fire from a Parramatta side which once yet again showed why it collected the spoon.
Wingers Bronx Goodwin and Brett Morris scored inside the opening half hour, with Chris Sandow’s chip and chase to set up Ryan Morgan’s attempt an additional all to short Parramatta highlight.
The Dragons went on with the task with 4 tries immediately after the break prior to Hindmarsh delivered 1 last memory in a glittering profession when he potted a penalty goal from a sand pile after the fulltime siren.
“Rather common truly,” Hindmarsh joked of his first ever NRL goal.
“Can kick em, just never ever get the opportunities.”