Racism – why the fuss?
THE sky is the limit for North Queensland following this year’s State of Origin series.
Not only did we see Johnathan Thurston work his playmaking magic, Matt Scott run at his bruising best and James Tamou play with unbridled passion, but Michael Morgan proved he belongs in the Origin cauldron.
Limited opportunities restricted Morgan’s impact in games one and two but Wednesday’s mauling being what it was, Morgan finally got the amount of ball he needed to really shine.
The Townsville Brothers junior has received high praise from Queensland legends Johnathan Thurston and Brent Tate in the wake of his barnstorming performance, which adds icing to a remarkable turnaround from fringe first- grader to Origin star.
Morgan will now surely be part of Queensland’s succession plan for the future, but the Maroons’ most successful generation certainly showed no signs of being a “Dad’s Army” on Wednesday.
Man of the match Corey Parker played one his best Origin games at the age of 33; Cameron Smith, 32, put a week of turmoil behind him to pull the strings magnificently at No. 9; and 32- year- old Thurston remains as brilliant as ever.
They will guide the way for Morgan, Dane Gagai, Josh Papalii and other future Origin incumbents to wear the Maroons jumper for the same reasons they do, and play for everything it stands for.
Wednesday’s success will also provide the Cowboys’ Queensland trio with a wealth of confidence heading into the business end of 2015, while Tamou will be eager to put the disappointment of a crushing Origin finale behind him with an NRL premiership. Townsville revved up for V8s NORTH Queensland has turned on a warm winter welcome for all the V8 Supercars teams, crews and fans for the Townsville 400.
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The points she made about him were justifiable, but not about his heritage, which has been classified as racist.
Yet there has been and will soon be another series called Go back to where you came from on SBS. The cameras did not lie when they showed Nick “tanking” ( not playing his shots) – he denied his actions at his press conference. He is a spoiled illmannered brat, and should be dealt with accordingly.
Tennis rules point out that a player must make every effort to play at his maximum capacity, if not, the fine is $ 20,000. Nick got away with a reprimand and a mere $ 6000 fine, which I could not understand.
His antics, foul mouthing, racquet abuse and arrogance need correction, regardless of his talent. He is a disgrace to the sport. Tennis Australia must give him an ultimatum – pull your head in or get out.
Bernard Tomic was allowed to get away with his behaviour, which should have been corrected earlier. Look what has happened now. The great Harry Hopman would have soon sorted Nick out.
As to racism, we are no longer permitted, because of political correctness and multiculturalism, to indulge in that old fashioned Aussie humour of putting crap on each other, and not taking offence.
Remember that wonderful Aussie movie about the Italian migrant?
He was called a wog by his Aussie mates. He took no offence when he understood the language. The British called Indians wogs.
Racism is part of all nationalities’ make- up. The French are arrogant, they believe their food and fashion are the best in the world. The Jews believe that they are the chosen people. Brahmins of India are superior to the Untouchables and Muslims call non- Muslims infidels.
Whether ethnic or indigenous, racism is part of their makeup, and cannot be denied, so why all the fuss?
COLIN L. T. EASDON- SMITH,
NOT ON: Nick Kyrgios remonstrates with the umpire.