I HAVE to say the Four Nations Rugby League Tournament has had more interest that I thought it would have, even though it's being played in the UK.
Scotland's draw with the Kiwis certainly made things interesting and this week's final between Australia and the Kiwis will be a great game - even though the Anfield pitch at Liverpool has had to be shortened by nine meters to make sure it is safe because of intrusive signage.
Just on that, surely the powers to be, the guys and girls running the game of rugby league could come up with something better that a 91 metre footy field in the most important international game of the year?
All that has been in the news but the thing that has really kept bubbling away in the media was the lack of words coming out of the English coach's mouth at pre and post-game interviews. Wayne Bennett got smashed by all sections of the media about his yes and no answers because England had employed him to lift the profile of the game in the Old Dart. Well guess what? Wayne being Wayne managed to do that by actually not talking to them, which is kind of funny.
Just on the Four Nations Final, you can catch it live at 12.30am on Monday (Gem) and don't be surprised if the Kiwis cause a major boilover and upset the slick Australian outfit, who have not put a foot wrong so far in the tournament.
Also in the news is calls from the player's union for more money for the players and a lift in the salary cap, all driven by the windfall the game received from its new broadcast deal.
I am not sure whether more money to the players is a great strategy, as one only has to look at our cricketers to see what players on massive money are achieving. I do think they need to look at the salary cap structure though and reward individuals and clubs who develop representative, one-club players.
As far as divvying up the windfall, they would be far better putting more funds and resources into grassroots footy and the second tier competition and if there was any leftover, pump it into Pacific Nations development because that is where the future lies.
MORE local surf carnivals this weekend after last week's super beach carnival at Fastest Man on Sand at Mooloolaba Surf Club.
Tomorrow is the Amart Sports' Under-11 to Under-15 Carnival at Maroochydore Surf Club which should see the host club be the ones to beat.
Then it's back to Mooloolaba on Sunday for under-17 through to Masters Craft Carnival with competitors from 16-60-plus competing on board and ski racing. Both days there is an easterly wind predicted with 2 to 3 foot swell so it should make for some interesting conditions.
What about the local lifeguard who accidently took his mate's car keys and went to the other end of the coast before he got a call from his mate to bring the keys back.
He drove all the way back but forgot the keys. It gets better, but I am too embarrassed to repeat it.
His name will remain anonymous for the same reason, but we do have something in common as well as bad memories.
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