Sorry, but I'm going to have to pass on the NRL’s top job

RUGBY League is now in its off season, which should be renamed the Silly Season.

On top of the accusations levelled at league legends Hazim El Masri and Rhys Wesser, we learnt of the trouble that up-and-comer Matt Lodge got into in the US.

If this wasn't enough, the sudden departure of CEO Dave Smith only added to the news stories.

Smith has held this job for three years, so what can we take of his resignation? He was a Welsh banker who was put into this enormous position to give the NRL a more business-like leader.

He started the job at the beginning of the ASADA investigation and has ended his position with what most people think a failed TV deal.

While Smith resigned from his position, it's hard not to believe that he may have had two hands on his back giving him a little push.

The NRL clubs have not been happy with him for a while and wanted a fresh start, which they now might get.

Rumoured candidates for this vacant job include Penrith CEO Warren Wilson, NRL Head of Strategy Shane Richardson, Gold Coast CEO Graham Annesley and the man Queenslanders love to hate - Phil Gould. I feel the league needs an experienced football-knowledge leader, so I would vote for Todd Greenberg.

I am busy with the IRL so I don't have the time to apply plus the Eels might get too many favours.

 

Legends recognised

THE Sport Australia Hall of Fame ceremony was held this week with some worthy recipients inducted.

They were cricketer Ricky Ponting, swimmer Liesel Jones, track cyclist Ryan Bayley, MotoGP rider Casey Stoner, Paralympian Priya Cooper, league great Norm Proven plus canoeing administrator Helen Brownlee and rugby/soccer boss John O'Neill.

The Spirit of Sport Award was presented to Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson for their brave and selfless conduct during the shark attack in South Africa.

The Don Award for the most inspiring sports performance of the last 12 months went to world number one golfer Jason Day.

 

Black final

WHAT did we learn from the four World Cup quarter finals?

One was that the All Blacks are definitely the team to beat and already have one hand on the Cup.

The Wallabies must improve dramatically on their one point victory over Scotland if they hope to progress to the final.

The addition of world class players David Pocock and Israel Folau should allow for stronger defence and greater attacking options.

South Africa have now set themselves the near impossible task of trying to defeat the All Blacks for a spot in the Final.

Argentina caused a boil over with victory over the more fancied Ireland. It was built on a dominant forward pack, which they again will rely on in their semi clash with the Wallabies.

This is the eighth World Cup and we finally might get to face New Zealand in a decider.

 

Quick thoughts

BOMBER'S bouquet 1: The Brisbane Roar have started the A League season perfectly and remain the only undefeated team.

Bomber's bouquet 2: The Penrith Panthers have resurrected the coaching career of ex-Bronco's coach Rod Griffin. He was the man who let Wallace go and promoted a promising Ben Hunt.

Bomber's bouquet 3: Johnathan Thurston has won the Eddie Gilbert Award for the best Indigenous Sportsperson across Queensland. 

Bomber's beef 1: Surely the ACB can find some money and give it to our World Champion Female Southern Stars.

Bomber's beef 2: Penrith have sacked Coach Ivan Cleary. He wasn't your team's main reason for a poor season - injuries were.

Bomber's best: I did tip the Caulfield Cup winner last weekend, while some of my other picks ran great Melbourne Cup trials. This week get on Liverpool to account for Southampton with new coach Jurgen Klopp to get his first victory at Anfield.



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