The Prenter Report, February 12

"Australian cricket fans are within their rights to demand a Royal Commission as to why the Australian selectors, coach and captain shunned Glenn Maxwell for the entire ODI (One Day Internationals) against England." Photo: AAP
"Australian cricket fans are within their rights to demand a Royal Commission as to why the Australian selectors, coach and captain shunned Glenn Maxwell for the entire ODI (One Day Internationals) against England." Photo: AAP

What a difference a Pay can make, every moment of the day.

The Canterbury Bulldogs may have struck pay dirt with the appointment of former player Dean Pay as coach.

The adulation Pay is receiving from every player in the den is overwhelming.

Pay is the Bulldogs flavor of the month and is shaping to be a one-season hit.

He has instilled harmony within that has been missing for many seasons.

It is the same harmony the Moss Vale Dragons are hoping their new coach Steve Folkes, also an ex-Bulldog, will inject into the battling Group 6 club.

And now, following the biggest Board Room coup in the history of the game, Pay has the right people to support him.

Well done to the 700 Bulldogs members who, last Sunday, voted in a new Board, one that will guarantee the Bulldogs at least a place in the eight.

Pay has an enviable pedigree to take over from sacked Des Hasler.

He wore the Blue of NSW on 12 occasions and the green and gold in nine Tests, including the 1994 Kangaroo tour.

In 1998 Pay was voted Dally M prop of the Year.

His coaching record may not be listed in the annals of the big time but it is, nevertheless, admirable.

As a rookie coach he took the Dubbo CYMS to premiership honours in Group X1.

In 2014 he coached the NSW under 21’s to a third straight Origin win.

Born in Dubbo 48-years ago, Dean Pay was a tough, uncompromising forward.

What you saw is what you got. An honest Pay’s work!

PLEASE EXPLAIN

Australian cricket fans are within their rights to demand a Royal Commission as to why the Australian selectors, coach and captain shunned Glenn Maxwell for the entire ODI (One Day Internationals) against England.

Those responsible for Maxwell’s banishment should hang their heads in shame.

They deprived the public of the most talented one-day player Australia has had for years.

He should be first man chosen.

Steve Smith is a wonderful player but not so wonderful when it comes to assessing talent.

And don’t kid yourself. If Smith wanted Maxwell in his side he would have got him.

BELLS ARE RINGING

Hey mums, would you care, indeed, encourage your daughter to play netball, basketball, volleyball, hockey, cricket, soccer, swim, tennis, and softball?

I bet a bunch of roses to a cold pie that you would.

Rugby League? Draw the line, perhaps?

Ladies TAG is tops. No tackling other than a tug of a tag on the side of the shorts.

But the full-blooded game of Rugby League, you know, the game the boys play allows all art forms of the tackle.

That doesn’t include head-high tackles.

But, as you would expect in any body contact activity, sometimes the head gets in the way.

The player in possession can end up with bells ringing in their melon.

Those bells don’t ring for me.

Seeing girls playing unabashed Rugby League actually turns my stomach.

Group 6 mums won’t have to worry about their daughters welfare this Mother’s Day.

Whisper is that Group 6 will pull the shutters on all football on this special day of the year.

BULLDOGS

The Bulldogs used to pride themselves on being a “family club.”

Well, Dean can subscribe to that. He has four children who won’t miss a game this season.

Don’t be surprised if you don’t seem him pop up at a Group 6 fixture. He will be keen to recruit.

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