England's Joe Root, center, takes a knee while drinking during a break of play against Australia during the last day of their Ashes cricket test match in Sydney, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
England's Joe Root, center, takes a knee while drinking during a break of play against Australia during the last day of their Ashes cricket test match in Sydney, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) Rick Rycroft

Duty of care for players facing extreme weather needed

HAPPY new year! Only a week to go and the kids are back at school.

What about the poor old Poms? It wasn't enough to beat them four blot but we have to try and kill the poor buggers as well.

Not with bouncers but probably more painful, it seems cricket officials tried to bake them to death in 52 degree heat at the SCG.

Talk about the show must go on. Surely there has to be some type of duty of care for players in extreme circumstances like last Sunday where some of the hottest temperatures on record just about drove the last nail in the English coffin (literally).

Their poor old skipper was hospitalised Monday morning with heat exhaustion but still managed to get to the game and play.

But my question is what if the unthinkable happened and Joe Root dropped dead at the crease?

I could only imagine what would happen then, but I suppose it could end up like horse racing where there is supposed to be a limit on temperatures. But I see they raced in NSW on Sunday so it may be more about supply and demand rather than welfare?

On a more positive start to the year the Falcons are back training hard and had a surprise visitor last Monday night who joined in.

Superstar Will Chamber rang coach Trigger to ask if he could do a session with the boys as he was up here on holidays. Of course the coach jumped at the chance to get Will to a session.

There is no doubt about the Storm culture - sure he trained well, as you would expect, but he also insisted on wearing a Falcons training shirt so he fitted in.

And after training he came back with a signed Origin shirt for James Downes (Hazard) which was a fantastic gesture from a champion to a champion bloke who loves the game.

Not being a boatie expert by any means, but I must say I enjoyed watching the Queensland Cup boat racing last weekend at Alex.

Well done to Alex's Under 19s and Under 23s who both made the Queensland Team, as did the Dicky Beach Under 19 female crew, as well as the Coolum Chums women's reserve grade crew and Maroochydore's reserve grade men's crew.

I thought Maroochydore were a bit unlucky missing out on the open women's crew as they lead the series but like any selection process there is always something that leaves you wondering.

Here is a date claimer for you. Our friends at Best Western Plus at Kawana are having an up close and personal afternoon with Raiders coach Ricky Stuart when they are up here to play the Bulldogs next month.

Friday, February 16, the day before the NRL trial at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Join the NRL's angriest coach in a fundraiser for Alex SLSC's Sea Horse Nipper program (surf and beach skills for autistic children and their families).

The innovative crew at Best Western is having something a bit different than your normal sportsman's lunch.

This is an afternoon affair so you can still get a day's work done then go along and watch Rick tear me to pieces and raise some money for a great program. Ring 5334 9500 for information.


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