It's game time...beware the couch critic

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It's game time... but beware the draw to play the couch critic.

What is past is past. The moment that counts is now.

Let's build confidence, team spirit and encourage the nations to produce their best. Let them be shining examples of what is possible when people come together as incredible teams.

Theodore Roosevelt told the tale well...

"It is not the critic who counts; 
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, 
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, 
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;

who strives valiantly; 
who errs, 
who comes short again and again,

because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; 
but who does actually strive to do the deeds;

who knows great enthusiasms, 
the great devotions; 
who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, 
and who at the worst, 
if he fails, 
at least fails while daring greatly, 
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

To the fans, support your team with passion, pride and positivity

To the critics, remember your perspective is different, the pressure is different, the effort is different and fewer people are watching you perform

To the players, the men in the arena, be yourself, play with heart - I admire your talent, effort and courage to dare greatly

Jennie Lewis