Cockroaches quick to rub salt into an Origin wound

IT doesn't take the Cockroaches long. On Thursday I got an email from a Blues supporter with two attachments, one was a picture of Ben Johnson (Olympic Sprinter DQd famously in the 100m 1988 Olympic final) and one was a picture of Greg Inglis.

It came with a caption: 'Both ran 100m for nothing'.

Not bad. It did bring a smile to my face but it does bring up the dreaded video referee argument once again.

It also brings up Craig Bellamy's comments that the on-field referee shouldn't have to make a decision whether it is a try or not. For mine let the referee and touch judges be the only judges.

If they want a video replay let them look but also let them decide on the final outcome. For the record we can whinge all we like but it was probably the correct decision. We are getting far too technical.

HAD a great lunch for the Falcons, hosted by Scott Armstrong, at the Brightwater the other day with Wayne Bennett. The venue and the coach were great, as was MC Tony Durkin and comedian/sports presenter/league historian Steve Hadden.

The latter was particularly funny but I did show my age with his only joke that fell flat.

"A guy goes to the doctor and says, doc I can't stop singing the Green Green Grass of Home." The Doctor replies: "That is not unusual."

Only I and an 80-year-old laughed and I had to explain it to Falcons CEO Chris Flannery, who was looking at me weirdly. The two songs were hits of Tom Jones in the 60s.

FOUR Sunshine Coast Women's Rugby League players have been selected for the Queensland women's team to play NSW in the Interstate Challenge in Townsville on June 27.

Jillaroo Annette Brander and Queensland representative Jazmyn Taumafai have been joined by fellow Beerwah players Courtney Lockwood and Sarah Walker. Lockwood and Walker were rewarded for their consistency and, with Brander, also represented the All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars in the curtain raiser to the men's game in mid February.

The Beerwah side represented the Sunshine Coast at the Central Division Championships at Roma in May and won the title for the third straight year.

Ten Beerwah players were then selected for the Central Crows side, coached by Beerwah RL president Steve Savage, at the state championships on the Gold Coast in early June.

The Queenslanders will be looking to make it an incredible 17 wins in a row when they take on the Blues. The Interstate Challenge will be played at 1300Smiles Stadium in Townsville as the curtain raiser to the match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks. The match will be streamed live on NRL.com.


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