Gold Coast Titans
Record (W-L-D): 9-15
Top Pointscorer: Aiden Sezer 63
Top Tryscorer: Anthony Don 9
It was another year of what might have been for the Gold Coast Titans, as they slumped to 14th on the ladder, winning just 9 games all season. Injuries to key personnel certainly played their part; five eighth Aiden Sezer played just 13 games, half back Albert Kelly just 12. Perhaps that explains why they only scored 372 points. Kevin Gordon scored just 7 tries in 18 games, David Mead even worse, crossing the line a mere 4 times in 18 games. On the plus side, winger Anthony Don looks a likely player and led the club with 9 tries. The club lured both Daniel Mortimer and the immensely talented James Roberts to the club mid-season and if Roberts can sort out his off-field issues he could be anything, while Mortimer offers depth in the halves.
When you finish in 14th out of 16 teams there isn’t much to get excited about. In fact judging by their home crowds in 2014, the Titans have a long way to go to bring the crowds back to CBus Super Stadium. The signings of Roberts and Mortimer mid-season was a positive in an otherwise forgettable season. With Roberts, Mead and Gordon, there won’t be too many quicker back lines in 2015. They have also signed highly rated Panthers back rower Matt Robinson, and Bulldogs forward Lachlan Burr for 2015.
Poor crowds, no consistency, too many injuries, the demise of the foundation coach, take your pick. They started ok with an 18-12 win over the Sharks but followed that with a 42-12 hammering at the hands of the Tigers in front of only 12,038 fans. They were hit hard by injuries; Sezer managed just 13 games, Kelly played only 12 and impact player Ryan James was only available for 4 games, and with little depth at the club, this made it difficult to remain competitive.Their defence was often found wanting and they conceded 30 points or more on six occasions and were often held to less than 20 points, even when winning.
The Future: 2015
A new era begins with a new coach and the departure of their most experienced players in Bailey, Minichiello and Harrison. With plenty of speed to burn out wide and a smart halves pairing they have the potential to trouble teams. They are lacking in a bit of grunt up front which could see them struggle to match it with the better sides. If James Roberts can get quality ball on a regular basis he has the skills to tear any opposition defence apart and he seems to be the key for the Titans heading into 2015.