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Boorish behaviour…
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Boorish behaviour…

Like many of you I find the lure of live sport away from the cosy confines of an armchair one of life’s great pleasures. On saturday, eager for a warm up for the upcoming Rugby World Cup in New Zealand I headed with the redoubtable Lennox Head Stags to Suncorp Stadium for the Tri nations decider versus the All Blacks.  Finding your seat in such a situation is always a tense and uncertain time, like heading down the aisle on the plane hoping against hope you don’t get next to the enormous businessman with scant regard for personal hygiene or the lady who wants to chatter incessantly to you when sleep is your sole aim.  I was happy with my choice of plastic, next to a school principal mate and among fans of various hues all seemingly friendly. All except for one. It was fine until the Haka stirred something deep within him. That he was a Kiwi is immaterial however. That he was an an obnoxious, foul mouthed, small minded racist with the social skills of a small rodent is. With kids, ladies young and old not to mention plenty of normal human beings all within earshot he proceeded to give his opinion of the game unfolding before us.  Not a problem normally- barracking for your side is one of life’s true pleasures and the birthright of every sportsfan whatever their allegiance. But this oik was something to behold. Any player with the merest hint of a tan was a black such and such, an Islander was a coconut and the rest of them well, I’ll leave it to your imagination suffice to say his language would have had a navvy blushing. Despite demonstrations from those around us including said old ladies and many others his profanity laced monologue continued unabashed. Peculiarly he reserved some of his invective for his own side blaming everything from the GFC to a forward pass to those ##### South Islanders! It just goes to show that sometimes the gene pool can be very shallow.

This post first appeared as Monday’s Expert in the Northern Star on September 23rd

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Where does the buck stop…

Amid the furore surrounding the much awaited handing down of the Argus Report, one person has escaped the hairy eyeball of the former BHP chief. I haven’t read the report in full (I will do that bit of homework soon I promise) but there seems little doubt it will rank alongside Stewart and Crawford (a couple of times) as seminal sporting exposes that, if implemented will see Australian cricket once again flourish from top to bottom. Such reports, hard though they are hasten change and heighten competitiveness quickly. And they work – it took a similar one (the Schofield Report) to propel England to it’s present incumbency at number one Test playing nation.  Front and centre for Argus were the selectors and coach. Hilditch, sallow of cheek and with the undertaker’s demeanour had been a dead man walking and Greg Chappell was entirely miscast as developer rather than expert. Like expecting him to open the bowling when he was one of Australia’s greatest batsmen.  Tim Nielsen, affable and popular is a living embodiment of the Peter Principle where people rise to their level of incompetence. He will return from Sri Lanka jobless. Others have been singled out of course however no one seems to bring up Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland’s name. He is after all the head honcho who has presided over all those mentioned, overseen Australia’s decline to fifth best Test nation and seen the once healthy participation numbers of Australia’s national game drop. It is he who permitted the bloated contract system to become focussed on pay rather than performance and it is he who allowed the lines of communication to break down. Perhaps his Board are awaiting the governance report due imminently before turning the harsh glare on Sutherland, perhaps not? Whilst Argus, and his phalanx of former skippers have done a magnificent job in bringing many issues to the fore, it is the implementation of the recommendations that will dictate Australian cricket’s future. A potent batting order will be required for the job but it remains to be seen whether Sutherland should have the © next to his name?

This post first appeared as Mondays’s Expert in the Northern Star.

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