’Tis the season to be jolly at my mates’ expense
CHRISTMAS has come and gone and we find ourselves back on the practice court getting ready for our next series of games.
The buzz amongst the guys about how Santa looked after them this year was just too good to be true when you have an article due the next day. Here is what I discovered. Two members of the team were rewarded handsomely this year for their marked improvement in their respective areas.
The first was Rohan Short.
I hear that he celebrated receiving his P-plates from Santa with a road trip to Airlie Beach.
He was accompanied by a responsible driver (his girlfriend) and was allowed to drive over 80km/h.
Shortie’s upgrade is well deserved compared to his early work this year behind the wheel of the team bus in New Zealand.
Brad Newley was also on Santa’s list of high improvers. The always talented, but once not-so-disciplined youngster, has been rewarded for his commitment to extra work and his efforts to become a well-rounded, team player.
The player who sometimes resembled a bull in a china shop now shows a maturity that is making NBA teams take notice.
EJ Rowland’s Christmas came a bit early this year.
I t wa s sometime i n November to be exact, when he was released from solitary confinement with the Sydney Kings and was given a free pass to paradise in Townsville.
If he keeps passing Brad and me the ball like he is now, he may be in line for a post-season bonus as well.
An expert commentator from New Zealand described last week’s matchup between seven-footers Greg Vanderjagt and Tim Behrendorff from the Breakers as ‘two giraffes trying to stamp their authority in the keyway’.
Vanderjagt returned to Australia as the alpha giraffe, so Santa rewarded the Townsville native with a plantation full of premium gum trees behind his house for the big man to snack on throughout the year.
As for me, well, Santa is becoming very predictable around my house.
My stocking was full of coal for the umpteenth time.
I am beginning to wonder which one of us will cave in first, the jolly man in the red suit who gets a bit stingy with the gifts when the sleigh hits my house, or the terribly misunderstood Croc player who is just trying to keep a smile on the faces of the people around him.
I guess we will all have to wait another year to see, but I know where my money’s going.