Paul earns the respect of players and peers

I USUALLY pull a list out about this time of year heading for the new year but I will keep it short.

Speaking of short, my best of 2013, apart from Alyssa Bull's gutsy podium finish at Coolum and her win at Noosa in the Nutri-Grain IronWoman at the start of the year, was Kawana rugby league stalwart Paul Cohen winning the Mal Meninga Medal for best on ground in the Caloundra RSL Cup.

I have been watching footy (even when I played I was watching) for over 40 years and I've never seen a better player than Paul, on and off the field.

He is as good as it gets, a bit like Alfie Langer, even the guys playing against him and respect him. Well done mate.

I THINK the Nutri-Grain IronMan/Woman Series is in a critical position this year with basically all its eggs in one basket heading for Coolum in early February.

There is plenty of opinion in regard to the format this year with two rounds at Margaret River to kick it off and then three rounds in Newcastle and then the final round to be held on the last Sunday in February.

There has been plenty of debate about cramming five rounds into three weekends and then virtually a two-month break until the final but there has been more issue with delayed telecasts.

They start on Nine at Sunday lunchtime January 19 with round one and then follow up with a round every Sunday until the final at Coolum which is the only live broadcast.

I think the big question is what the ratings will be like on those replayed rounds and whether the sponsors and broadcasters are happy with the results?

On a brighter note local lifeguard and ex-ironman Rhys Drury is one of the commentators which is great news as he has a wealth of experience as a competitor, but also he is a champion bloke, apart from the fact he is at Maroochydore. Just kidding.

I DID a bit of research into ironman Josh Mino

gue's mention in his column a few weeks back about an incident over in WA after the round one of the series.

A winery, a bus, a wine glass, a quad bike, a dam and three individuals who apparently are to remain nameless?

I do believe I have come up with the names of the folk involved but thought rather than name them I could leave you with some cryptic clues.

The erratic driver of the bus, who for the record hadn't had a drink but fancies himself as Australia's answer of the host of Top Gear, can either be concrete or fibreglass, the holder of the wine glass, who was the only one that had had a drink and wasn't letting go of the next one, has a dad who has a bridge named after him and the sensible guy that lost control of the bike could be named "have a chat".

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