There was a great philosopher that once said, “The conversation you don’t want to have, is the very conversation you must have”. So it’s fair to say, that one would have to have come from another planet not to have witnessed and appreciated the enormous heart ache, damage and shame that three young men have caused, not only to themselves and their families, but also their chosen sport, but most importantly, the pride and reputation of one of the worlds most respected and revered sporting nations. Where there is no more………………

 

Relevant, or appropriate time than right now to have that conversation!

 

At what point does a man go from being the world’s best batsman, and one of the most respected athletes and honest leaders in world sport, to being tagged a cheat, and carry the shame and burden of losing everything one holds dear in their chosen sport, which is something most of us can’t comprehend and leads us to being disillusioned and a little bitter. (this also applies to Warner and Bancroft).

 

It happens when one feels they have the right to decide, to take an unfair advantage over their opponents to  “CHEAT” and to be damned with the consequences!

 

Well the consequences are severe (and rightly so) very severe, particularly after watching their TV interviews, where the stress, pain and anxiety was more than evident.

 

One would hope that all sports lovers would come to realise that no one is immune to the rules, etiquette, and traditions of their chosen sport, and one would hope that this would be a wake-up call for those that believe they have the right to take an unfair advantage over their playing partners.

 

“This is not the Australian way”.

 

I have over the past few days, heard people in the golfing industry airing their views and condemning these men, but make no mistake, this extremely disappointing behaviour goes on in all sport and at all levels, so we go back to the People in Glass Houses…………. syndrome?

 

However, it would be safe to say, that if these three men had the chance to rethink their sordid plan, then the outcome would be totally different (but as you see, they don’t) there decisions are now final and carved infamously into cricketing history?

 

Since the fatal decision was made to cheat by the above men, the ramifications and consequences have become obvious as they bounced around the world to bring cricket to its knees, at all levels, and one’s heart goes out to those that have worked tirelessly to protect the integrity, honesty and traditions within the game and one must say, they deserve much better.

 

One might ask, what’s the point of this article?

 

The point is, that we all know that this goes on in all sport (including golf) and we would be naive to think otherwise, it’s an unfortunate characteristic of some people, and that certainly doesn’t make it right nor acceptable.

 

This unfortunate breed of person only gets away with this sort of behaviour, when good people sit back and do nothing, and given that we know that this behaviour goes on in the dark reaches of golf, then isn’t it appropriate that we take a stance and weed it out?

 

What happened to Smith, Warner and Bancroft are a lesson to us all and an absolute disgrace for Australian Cricket (and Australia) but make no mistake, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. It’s a real wake – up call that we get our own house in order.

 

If we are going to clean up our act, it is important that we get everyone's support, so if we could ask all juniors and their families, if you witness any inappropriate behaviour on course or in the clubhouse, please report it to an official.

 

Most importantly, if you feel the score you’re playing partner wants to record to his or her card, is wrong or incorrect, then refuse to sign it, and report your concerns straight away to an official (Frank or Graeme are more than happy to help) and we will assure you, that your concerns will be taken seriously, very, very seriously and acted upon!

 

Let’s turn what has been a disastrous week in Australian Sport, into a valuable lesson that we can all grow and learn from?

 

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