Boredom complaint has come back to haunt me

IT'S music to my ears that the NRL is reviewing the interchange with a promise to reduce the number of changes.

I hope they go the whole way and get rid of it and bring back substitutes and make the game a test of character like it used to be rather than what it is now - so fast the forwards are running out of gas after eight minutes.

Background: Reducing interchanges could revolutionise NRL - Lyons

HOW wrong could I be? Last weekend's column was about how drawn out and boring the Cricket World Cup was. Well, thanks to the Kiwis the other night, they now have my attention.

Grant Elliott's six off the second-last ball of the semi against South Africa to win the game was nothing short of stunning, and brought back memories of Doug Walters hitting a six off the last ball of the day to get 100 in a session. Both are unforgettable.

I am right about one thing: from the start of the tournament, I have been tipping the Kiwis as dark horses, so it does give me some satisfaction, but as I have said all along, how are we going to put up with the thousands of expats on the coast if they bloody win?

They take on the Aussies tomorrow in the decider after the host beat India on Friday.

WHAT a wonderful effort last weekend at Maroochy Beach, where the hosts for the State Nipper Titles not only put on a fantastic carnival but also won the Champion Club by a fairly healthy margin.

I know the Alex Crew were pretty happy with second, and there were some great efforts, while other local clubs like Kawana and Sunshine Beach performed wonderfully, but hats off to Maroochydore. It would be remiss of me not to mention Mudjimba Surf Club for what must have been their best effort yet in a State Championship.

Yesterday saw the masters kit up, bringing record sales in the Maroochy CBD for Deep Heat and calf compression skins, and today and tomorrow the State 17s to Opens are back at Maroochydore Beach, and Sunshine Coast Clubs are looking for some strong showings, particularly the in-form Mooloolaba Crew.

A SNEAKY tip for Easter next weekend: if you are like me and partial to an egg or two, come on down to Alex Beach for the Sunshine Toyota Easter Egg Hunt from 8am on Easter Saturday.

CALOUNDRA City Boxing will hold its first event for 2015 on Saturday, April 11, at Caloundra Indoor Stadium, at 5.30pm.

Following the huge success of their last event in November, a big crowd is expected for this State of Origin spectacular with local boxersjoining the strong Caloundra contingent to defend their title against boxers from all over NSW.

Caloundra City Boxers Scott Kelly, Billy Ching, Daryll Leabourn and Danyellah Hill will feature in the main bouts. Pre-sale tickets and corporate table seating are available upon request from Craig Hill on 0412 034 636.

DON'T forget today at Kawana Rugby is Be a Brother Day, with Nudgee, the Reds and Brothers combining for a great morning's rugby. Action starts from 9.30am.