’Tis the sea­son to be jolly at my mates’ ex­pense

Townsville Bulletin - - Basketball -

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.

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