THE SHORT BITES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

RAT­INGS SURGE

THE St Ge­orge Illawarra-Mel­bourne block­buster at UOW Ju­bilee Oval last Sun­day at­tracted record rat­ings on Fox Sports. The net­work’s au­di­ence was up an in­cred­i­ble 53 per cent on the av­er­age rat­ings for a 2pm Sun­day game.

Wests Tigers are also hav­ing a huge year in the rat­ings. Ivan Cleary’s side have fea­tured in three of the top five rat­ings games. New­cas­tle are the big­gest im­provers on Fox League, with a 17 per cent spike.

TIP OF THE WEEK

WE’VE all run into ob­sta­cles and wa­ter haz­ards on golf cour­ses but here’s one at Coon­am­ble Golf Club we’ve never seen be­fore. We had a laugh when this sew­er­age warn­ing sign pic­ture was emailed to us dur­ing the week.

“Sew­er­age ef­flu­ent used for course ir­ri­ga­tion. Please do not drink from the sprays or lick your balls. Drink­ing wa­ter can be ob­tained from all taps above ground.”

FRENCH RE­LUC­TANCE

EELS star Be­van French is slow to pick up the ball and run with Todd Greenberg’s #NRLtalk­thegameup hash­tag. The Par­ra­matta winger was sched­uled to ap­pear on Fox League’s pop­u­lar League Life show to cel­e­brate the in­dige­nous round. He pulled out at the last minute. Luck­ily, Wade Gra­ham stepped in and did a great in­ter­view with the girls. French was also booked to be in­ter­viewed for a news­pa­per fea­ture but couldn’t even be both­ered to phone the jour­nal­ist as had been pre-ar­ranged by his club’s me­dia de­part­ment.

VAL STAYS HOME

CRONULLA coach Shane Flana­gan has slammed sug­ges­tions that Valen­tine Holmes would be re­leased to an­other club. “He’s un­der con­tract un­til 2020 and he’s go­ing nowhere,” Flana­gan said. “He’s happy, we’re happy.” Holmes had been linked to Par­ra­matta, Wests Tigers and North Queens­land Cow­boys.

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