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Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

DAMNED if you do and damned if you don’t.

Only two games have been played this footy sea­son and we’re al­ready on the nose with some mem­bers of the Cow­boys hi­er­ar­chy.

I t s e e m s w e u p s e t a f e w sen­si­bil­i­ties with two head­lines. The first was ‘‘ Here we go again’’, which fol­lowed the Townsville team’s dis­mem­ber­ment by the New­cas­tle Knights and the sec­ond was ‘‘ Play­ers face the axe’’, which re­ferred to coach Neil Henry’s de­ci­sion to drop a cou­ple of play­ers in a mi­nor team re­vamp.

We’re told the first head­line was per­ceived as an un­fair gen­er­al­i­sa­tion. Re­ally.

Per­haps the crit­ics should take the time to sit in the stands and lis­ten to what the fans are say­ing.

Maybe they should also pay a bit more at­ten­tion to the texts to the edi­tor on the sub­ject.

It is the job of this news­pa­per to present the facts. It is also the func­tion of the news­pa­per to take heed of the mood of the com­mu­nity it serves.

Try­ing to put a pos­i­tive spin on a poor per­for­mance, or pay­ing lipser­vice to PR spin, is not our man­date.

The sec­ond head­line was ques­tioned be­cause of the word ‘‘ axe’’. It was also felt we ‘‘ disrespected’’ some of the play­ers.

I am not go­ing to ar­gue se­man­tics be­yond say­ing the of­fend­ing word has been used in a col­lo­quial sense by news­pa­pers, tele­vi­sion re­ports and ra­dio for a cou­ple of decades. It is not deroga­tory, it is sim­ply de­scrip­tive.

As far as ‘‘ dis­re­spect­ing’’ play­ers goes, I am com­pletely gob­s­macked.

Are o ur f o o t y p l a y e r s s uch princesses that their per­for­mance – or in some cases lack of it – can­not be de­bated with­out hurt­ing some­one’s feel­ings?

The spin-off was even more of a knee-jerk re­ac­tion.

Tipped off that James Sege­yaro was to make his NRL de­but against the Storm on Mon­day, we tried to or­gan­ise an in­ter­view with him. First we were told by new me­dia man Paul Mun­nings it would not pose a prob­lem. Within hours that

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