Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Will Sharks Be Here for Finals?

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Will Sharks Be Here for Finals?

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LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

TONY DURKIN

ON Wednesday of this week, six months ticked over since the former head of ASADA, Richard Ings, announced: "'this is not a black day in Australian sport, this is the blackest day".

And former Justice Minister Jason Clare delivered his two bob's worth on the same day when he said: "don't underestimate how much we know and, if you are involved in this, come forward before you get a knock at the door". He added that the revelations of the ASADA investigations would disgust sports fans.

Well, the questions those sports fans are asking today are: where is that evidence, and why has the investigation taken so long? Six months on, not one person has been charged with using illegal drugs, yet many in our two most prominent football codes have been irreparably slandered.

News that Paul Gallen had his mobile phone and ipad seized at Sydney Airport last weekend when returning from New Zealand added just another intriguing twist to the saga. And speculation that Sharks coach Shane Flanagan faces a minimum four-year ban if proven he had knowledge of systematic peptide use at the club has been raised just yesterday.

It's a pun I know, but the Sharks are surely swimming in murky waters. The torch that has been shining on them for six months has now become a bank of floodlights. That they are still holding down equal fifth spot on the ladder despite what must be intolerable pressure is an amazing show of strength -- both in mind and body.

But the $64 question remains -- will they all be on deck to see out the season? Word is they won't play finals football, which leaves the door open for three or four of the finals stragglers. Could there be yet another twist to what has been an enthralling season?

No longer gold

IF THE sudden flood of protest emanating from last week's extra-time Broncos-Knights draw is a barometer, golden point during the NRL premiership rounds looks headed for the graveyard.

I'm wishy washy about golden point. The ecstasy on the faces of the wining players and fans is great, but I see no negativity with a draw either. …

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