Year of NRL highlights are soured by ugly off-season
WHAT a mess the NRL has ended up in, at the end of the year.
It was probably a fairytale finish to the season with the Roosters winning with a busted Cooper Cronk and upsetting hot favourites the Storm.
But it has all been downhill from there at a rapid rate of knots, starting with indecent activity on the night of the final, then salary cap drama and then with the cash-strapped Sharks having their coach suspended.
What a debacle.
The above sounds like an episode from the Sopranos but sadly it is all real.
I agree with a lot of folk about the indecent assault charges.
If proved guilty they should never be able to play the game again.
The Shane Flanagan thing is a bit more complicated.
I believe he has until January 31 to appeal and I think he must have some case to appeal.
While suspended for 12 months back in the peptides scandal he was allowed by the NRL to negotiate his future with the club, which in my view would mean he would have to communicate with the club about player retention etc, which to me looks like a massive loophole.
My inside mail on salary cap issues is there is more to come and apparently some clubs haven't got a cap, more like a sombrero.
MAROOCHYDORE Surf Life Saving Club have an awesome day of golf coming up - the club's 2019 Annual Charity Golf Day - which will be held on Friday, January 4, with all funds raised going directly to lifesaving and the maintenance and purchase of new rescue equipment, surf safety education, member development, memberships and expanding training programs.
It's a four-person ambrose that you can enter individually or as a team and is $65 per player.
They have two tee times, a 6am shotgun start or midday shotgun start, and it includes green fees, lunch and golf balls. Golf buggies and clubs are not included. Bookings are essential with the Maroochy River Golf Club on (07) 5373 1000.
I can think of nothing better than a day at Maroochy River Golf Club and raising funds for one of the Coast's many worthy community clubs. If you would like to be involved in this great day as a team or sponsor, contact the lifesaving administration office on 5443 1323 or email email@example.com
DON'T forget young bodyboarder, 14-year-old Tobey Ring is having a fundraiser to assist him on the Australian bodyboard pro tour that kicks off in Hawaii.
The current under 16 state champion hasn't been able to secure a sponsor so Moffatt Beach Brewing Co is hosting a fundraiser on January 22 from 5.30pm to help the young bloke out. There are raffles with some great prizes including some art from surf art guru Owen Cavanagh, surf ware, beer vouchers (my favourite) and heaps of other cool stuff.
Tickets are $55, with 10 per cent of the profit from the night going to Salty Souls Legacy, which is a wonderful charity set up for disadvantaged youth.
Ring 54914023 to help Ringo and you will be a winner already. I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve.
Make sure you are safe, so you can enjoy 2019 with family and friends.
Ashley writes a column in the Daily's sports section each week.