Tinkler Seals Positive Future for Knights: A Retrospective

By Jack Brady

Halfway through last year I wrote an opinion piece about Nathan Tinkler’s successful takeover of the Knights for a University assignment.

After re-reading this opinion piece,  I certainly jumped the gun with some of things I emphasised within it.

My previous opinion was based on the hopes and dreams of a premiership-winning Newcastle Knights teams.

The financial backing Tinkler provided for Newcastle has undoubtedly impacted them positively but this, as my past opinion emphasised, will not ultimately guarantee success.

Sure, Tinkler has eliminated the clubs debts and promised a guaranteed $10 million over the next decade but this will have no impact on whether they are a successful force in the 2012 National Rugby League season.

I noted in my previous opinion piece that I was bewildered by the three per cent who voted against the Tinkler privatisation of the Newcastle Knights, even going to the extent of questioning the naysayers legitimacy as true fans.

But now I have stopped viewing this through my ‘blue and red’ eyes.I’m facing the reality that having money and coach Wayne Bennett does not mean, unfortunately, the Newcastle Knights will win a premiership anytime soon.

The Knights brought back three former players last year in Timana Tahu, Kade Snowden and club legend Danny Buderus which worries me because they could very well be past their prime.

Take into account too the unknown signings of Alex McKinnon and Robbie Rochow.

Bar Darius Boyd, the Knights’ recruits and how they play in 2012 will be a mystery until they play the St George Illawarra Dragons on March 1.

I may be looking at the Knights 2012 campaign from a cynical perspective but with all these expectations, to the point they’re joint premiership contenders in numerous betting agencies, I won’t be surprised if this season is a complete failure.

Only time will tell.

What’s so terrific about Tomic?

By Jack Brady

Is anyone as sick of hearing about Bernard Tomic as much as I am?

On Sunday night I watched an interview from four years ago of Tomic before his fourth-round match at the Australian Open against Roger Federer.

Young Tomic spoke out about his dreams of becoming the No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world and beating his idol and hero Federer in a grand slam match.

Four years later, Federer gave Tomic a master class beating the rookie 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in 1 hour and 44 minutes.

There’s no doubting Tomic is talented having won the junior Australian and US Opens but this does not make up for his past controversies that has continually shrouded his professional tennis career.

Something the media has failed to make light of throughout their continuous coverage of his winning run at the Australian Open.

In December 2008, Tomic was fined $1350 for walking off the court during an ITF pro circuit tournament second-round match against Marinko Matosevic.

Tomic walked off court after being ordered to do so by his father, after repeatedly accusing officials of not taking action against Matosevic’s alleged foot faults and that officials were “fixing draws”.

This lead to a month’s ban for Tomic from all ITF Pro Circuit tournaments.

In September 2009, Tomic was once again showing his true colours by blatantly refusing to train with compatriot Lleyton Hewitt claiming that “(Lleyton) isn’t good enough”.

Funnily enough, Hewitt, who is a two-time grand slam winner made it just as far as Tomic in this year’s open, going down bravely to current world number one Novak Djokovic in four sets.

Tomic is the same kid, who in 2010, threatened to walk out on Australia and play under the Croatian flag because of the night time scheduling and subsequent loss to Marin Cilic in his second-round match at the Australian Open.

Basically, Tomic is a spoilt brat.

On Sunday whilst discussing Tomic vs. Federer, commentators Joanna Griggs and Jim Courier noted Tomic is the “sensation” of this year’s Australian Open.

 

Where is Rafael Nadal’s “sensation” tag? Before tonight’s game he hadn’t lost a single set throughout the tournament.

You could even suggest 24th seed Kei Nishikori, the first Japanese player in 80 years to make a quarter final of a grand slam, deserves the tag before Tomic.

At the end of the day, the Australian media and public are sporting conformists who link themselves to any successful Australian sporting hero.

Unfortunately this week’s flavour of the week is Bernard Tomic and what a truly unenjoyable week it has been.