The funny thing about sport is that, on most occasions, someone will win and someone has to lose.
I think the greatest problem with the NRL is that some teams wear a salary cap, while others are covered by a salary sombrero.
Throw in the totally inconsistent third-party payments system and you have a very lopsided, unfair way of determining who will make the finals and win the grand final.
Each year, at least four teams are in the final eight count before a ball is kicked.
The Knights this year have lost games by one, two, seven and eight points.
They have assembled a good roster, while wearing "the cap" and have been competitive in every game. Losing isn't much fun, but someone has to, and the Knights' efforts are much improved.
You can go and support them knowing you will get a "run for your money".
Enjoy this as there a much worse things that could happen to you over a weekend.
Richie Blanch, Charlestown
Back to the future
ALAS, the Knights have crashed again.
I wonder if the coach has considered, rather than relying on the talents of the likes of Kalyn Ponga, that maybe he could teach the majority of the team how to tackle and stop the head and shoulder hugging the players seem to think will stop the opposition.
While he is doing this he maybe could teach them positional play, and also find time to throw away the excuse book.
Failing this, the board should perhaps adopt the approach of the more successful clubs and move forward with a new coach.
In my opinion, it is about time that they bit the bullet and brought back Michael Hagan. He did win us a premiership with a lot less talent than we have at the moment.
For Pete's sake, give the fans something to cheer about - not having to hear the old, tired saying that it is a task in progress.
We all have a limit on life and would like to see the sunshine, rather than the clouds of gloom that continue to hover over the Newcastle Knights.
Dennis Crampton, Redhead
Surrounded by screamers
I RECENTLY had coffee with a friend down at Merewether Beach.
The location is very popular with many local people - but the adults often bring their small children with them. That's not a problem in itself but there is a trend now for parents to leave their children completely uncontrolled when in cafes, restaurants, shopping centres etc. This is selfish parenting.
At Merewether, as long as the parents have got their beer, wine or coffee while their children had pizza, there was no concern about the children running amok screaming and shouting. The noise was horrendous. Conversation became near impossible. No attempt was made by anyone to get the little screamers to behave.
When I was a small child, I was taken almost everywhere as long as I behaved and was reasonably quiet. I was brought up that way. Now parents allow their children to do whatever they want, wherever they are.
Why? Is this a Gen Y thing? Or are parents being socially irresponsible? Is self-discipline a redundant value? I guess it is now OK for little screamers to grow up to be big drunken screamers at 2am on Newcastle city streets.
Name and suburb withheld
ABOUT 10.20am on Saturday, April 13, I was driving with cruise control at one notch below 100kmh from the truck station south towards Medowie Road junction.
Vehicles were waiting to cross to the highway. Most traffic as usual had passed me.
There was about 10 car lengths in front and a car behind about same distance.
I anticipated and started braking when the car waiting to cross did the "yes-no-yes" split-second decision to cross.
The driver forgot that the car and caravan are 12m long crossing a 7m road to a slow right-hand turn and run-on lane.
I was braking harder and hoping it would clear my lane before I and the car behind became statistics.
Two of our local gentlemen were killed there last week.
Please drivers, especially when towing, do not be in such a hurry to cross this junction, the oncoming traffic is very fast.
Joyce Armstrong, Karuah
DON'T REPEAT MISTAKES
I HAVE read Greg Piper's response to this debacle at Myuna Bay in the Lakes Mail and I find there is scant detail in regard to the closure. This closure was made in such a rapid and dramatic fashion with such widespread implications on people's livelihoods, jobs and enjoyment of this wonderful facility. Lots of groups have been left high and dry.
I find the timeframe of two years suspect in view of the fact we have the Vales Point power station sold off for $1 million in 2015 and then valued at $730 million in 2017.
The community here do not want to see a repetition of this occur with Myuna Bay.
In my view the premier should acknowledge that this will not occur as it is not in the best interest of the Lake Macquarie electorate's citizens.
Joy Conquest, Dora Creek
ONE TO REMEMBER
I WOULD like to thank the people of the Hunter for their extraordinary show of support during our recent memory walk and jog event.
On March 31, more than 800 people walked or ran at Speers Point park in support of those living with dementia in the community.
An incredible $50,000 was raised, and these funds will be used to boost dementia education services and support delivered by Dementia Australia in the Hunter.
In the Hunter region, there are an estimated 3250 people living with dementia. With that figure projected to increase to about 6210 by 2058, events like this play an important role not only in funding support, but also in raising awareness.
Everyone who participated can be confident the money they raised will have a positive impact for the members of their community living with dementia.
Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported the event including our many local volunteers, television actor Jessica Redmayne, who MC'd the event, and Dementia Australia Ambassador and Giants netball star Sam Poolman, who participated in the event alongside her family. Thanks also to Greg Piper, the Independent MP for Lake Macquarie for his support and participation.
Planning has begun for the next event when we aim to build on this year's success.