THE gallant struggles of Perth-Bayswater Rugby Union Club continued on Saturday with a 49-7 loss to the all-powerful Palmyra away from home.
Palmyra, based in the suburb named for the grand ancient city in what is now Syria, has rivalled the gold reign of Zenobia this season and is 11-2, two wins clear atop the Premier Grade seniors ladder.
For Perth-Bayswater it has been a different story, but the Numbats did recently register their first win of the season and has risen from the bottom of the table and now sit second last.
Aisake Meo scored the lone try for the Numbats, with the ever-reliable Dylan Parsons converting.
Parsons has converted at almost 100 per cent for the season, a remarkable effort.
After the first few rounds it looked like Perth-Bayswater were on target for an entirely joyless season, but has grown increasingly competitive and have put up good fights against many highly-rated opponents – and defeated Wanneroo 44-31 in round ten.
Eduard Bernstein said that “the movement is everything, the final goal is nothing”.
In short, winning is not everything.
Much fulfilment for the Numbats players can be drawn from their heroic efforts to lift the fortunes of their team.
Good rugby is good theatre, and the character-building fight of a struggling team provides edification to fans and neutral observers alike.