AFL chief announces resignation

BREAKING news in the world of AFL, with Andrew Demetriou announcing he will stand down as chief executive at the end of the season.

While announcing his departure at a press conference in Melbourne he said “the growth of the game has been extraordinary, it’s been a wonderful journey full of challenges but I wouldn’t have had it any other way”.

AFL.com.au reported Demetriou (pictured courtesy of vietnamswans.com) will leave the game after 11 years in the top job, with his decision to resign coming after his most challenging 12 months.

He took over from Wayne Jackson as League CEO in 2003, served as chief executive of the AFL Players Association between 1998 and 2000 and was then AFL football operations manager.

Demetriou also paid tribute to former Chairman Ron Evans and successor Mike Fitzpatrick.

AFL.com.au reported Demetriou said he told Fitzpatrick of his intention to quit when they were both at the NFL Super Bowl on February 2.

The AFL will engage an executive search company to find a replacement within two to three months.

The straw that broke the camel’s back reportedly the 2013 year, which was dominated by Essendon’s supplements saga.

On the field the Gold Coast Suns went down to Collingwood by 14 points in their final AFL pre-season match at Metricon Stadium.

Job vacancy … Duds need not reapply

IF I was a LNP politician, I would be creeping up on my colleagues in State Parliament and yelling at them: “Hey, Bruce wants to see ya!”

Then I would run away sniggering like a 14-year-old driving past Exit 69 on the Pacific Motorway.

That is because LNP boss Bruce McIver and some faceless men in the LNP head office have decided all 74 of the LNP MPs swept into power at the 2012 landslide election have to officially reapply for their positions.

So there are a lot of nervous pollies around at the moment.

While not exactly admitting there are some duds sitting in Parliament … actually, they pretty much are admitting that.

They are calling it renewal which is a bit harsh considering most of them have only been in for less than two years.

But the clean out, like a good colonic irrigation, will enable some of the troublemakers to be jettisoned while providing new opportunities for ambitious young LNP hopefuls.

Or even an ambitious, not so young LNP hopeful – not mentioning any names – who may be in trouble in his own seat of ASHGROVE.

Who knows what the criteria are for judging who will be allowed to stay and who will be given the ‘it’s time to go …’ speech?

Some judge MPs on how many times they pop up in Parliament to make a speech.

Ridiculous!

Some may think the number of community functions they attend or the hours they spend in their electorate office is what is important.

It’s more than that.

It is how willing they are to stand up for their electorate even against their own party – not a quality likely to be on top of the LNP’s re-application forms.

Unfortunately, there is not too many in the LNP or Labor who will do that at the best of times.

They have seen what has happened to others who have spoken out – they end up independents or a member of a minor party.

I notice in the reports about the LNP’s re-applications there was nothing said about going to the people and asking for their opinion on their local MPs.

Oh wait, that would be an election.

 

 

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Courtney claims race three despite major carnage at Adelaide 500

GOLD Coast driver James Courtney has managed to survive major carnage to claim race three honours at the 2014 V8 Supercars season-opening Adelaide 500.

Rival Jamie Whincup failed to complete the final 250-kilometre leg due to a controversial pit lane drive-through penalty.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports, fighting his way back from the penalty, which dropped him to eighth, Whincup’s Triple Eight Holden collided with Michael Caruso’s Nissan on the 63rd of 76 laps, snapping the steering.

Will Davison also failed to finish after crashing his Mercedes-Benz at the track’s infamous high-speed Turn 8.

While somehow, Jason Bright managed to escape without major injury from a multiple rollover, which saw his Holden slam into a tyre barrier, sending it spiralling into the air along the safety fence before it slammed to earth upside down.

Whincup’s team-mate Craig Lowndes stayed the course and crossed the line second, with pole sitter Shane van Gisbergen third.

After the first round, Lowndes leads the series with 282 points ahead of Holden’s Fabian Coulthard (230), van Gisbergen (221) and Whincup (199).

Gold Coast motorbike rider crashes on Fraser Island

A GOLD Coast man is recovering in hospital, after crashing his motorbike on Fraser Island on Sunday afternoon.

The Bundaberg based RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter came to the aid of the 25-year-old who had suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder.

The young man was treated at the scene by the intensive care flight paramedic before being airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital for further tests.
 
The incident was the third off-road motorbike accident the CareFlight chopper team responded to over the weekend, following two emergency medical transfers at separate motocross parks in Queensland on Saturday.

Green light given for the Quiksilver Pro

ORGANISERS have given the green light to start the opening rounds of the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast.

Round one will kick off at around 10:45 am with Australia’s Julian Wilson first up against Jeremy Flores and Travis Logie.

Gold Coasters Joel Parkinson and Bede Durbidge will go head to head in Heat Four with Thiago Pires.

11-time World Champion Kelly Slater could make an appearance today. He’s up in Heat Five against Australia’s Matt Wilkinson and wildcard Matt Banting.

Banting won the wildcard entry to the men’s draw after claiming victory in the trials final on Friday.

The action doesn’t stop there though. Local boy and current World Champion Mick Fanning will be up in Heat Six against Adam Melling and Dane Reynolds, who’s also in the draw with a wildcard.

In Heat Nine we’ll see two Gold Coaster’s go head to head again, with Josh Kerr and Mitch Crews taking on Filipe Toledo.