Man of the match pay obscene

THE only thing I hate about State of Origin, apart for losing, is the obscene amount of money the man of the match winner takes home after his heroics on the football field.

When I say obscene, I mean the obscenely paltry amount of money.

In Origin I, Cameron Smith took a home a massive... wait for it... $1000 after putting his body on the line, in front of millions of viewers, in a match that is touted as the pinnacle of rugby league.

Now forgive me if I‘m wrong, but whoever won the man of the match in Origin II last night would be flat-out shouting his team mates and Origin entourage a pot of XXXX Gold after the game with the measly grand. Especially at Sydney's inflated bar prices.

Nine network commentator and champion coach Phil Gould, who has the uncanny knack of predicted the next play in a game right after it happens, harps on about the salary cap ad nauseum.

He complains how it forces players to move overseas because they aren't paid enough in the NRL.

Well, Phil, look in your own back yard. How about pressuring Nine, who make millions out of the advertising in Origin and NRL to up the Man of the Match award to $10,000 for an NRL game and $20,000 for an Origin.

A player like Darren Lockyer who wins around 10 Man of the Match awards during the season could pocket and extra $100,000 a season. That's an incentive to stay in Australia.

What do you think? Is the Man of the Match prize a joke? Drop Boof Head an email at sport@gympietimes.com.

GOOD WEEK

Great week for Gympie with the announcement of the Masters Criterium cycling event to be held around Memorial Park on September 3 and 4, injecting $200,000 into the economy.

BAD WEEK

The news officials scheduled the cycling event the same weekend as the first Rainbow Beach triathlon. It's like holding the Gympie Show and Muster at the same time.

Gympie Times


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