DIARY ENTRY: Week 8, 2015

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16

There is an In Memoriam in The Northern Star today for Ken Boyd, a fine fullback in NSW Country in the 1950s and 60s, particularly at Murwillumbah where he remains a legend of the now defunct Brothers’ club. It was Ken who brought Ron Saddler to the Tweed from the Riverina, with Ron going on to captain New South Wales, as well as touring England and France with the Kangaroos. ‘Sadly left the field, but watching from the grandstand. Deeply missed by his team’. says the In Memoriam.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18

I interview noted actor/author, William Mcinnes at Men of League Kick-off Club lunch at Broncos Leagues Club. William has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand, particularly the female members. He tells some great yarns about supporting the Redcliffe Dolphins. I am elected Media Officer at the Brisbane MOL AGM. Rumours abound re. the poor financial state of Broncos Leagues Club. Tonight we display – in our kitchen – an enlarged photo of lovely Plockton in Scotland.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19

My Newcastle mate, Greg Grainger sends a photo of him with Roosters’ Legend, Bill Mullins, one of my all time favourite players. “I told him, you said he had no heart,” Grainger texts. That’s Greg’s sense of humour.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Very heavy rain today, from Cyclone Marcia, and Kedron Brook breaks its banks. Brings back memories for some old Brothers’ blokes of the 1974 flood, when some couldn’t get home from the Corbett Park fields on the edge of the Brook. Some were more than happy to set up camp in The Dairy Bar of the leagues club. Catch up with former Brothers’ teammate, Peter Garozzo at the club tonght. He looks fitter than when he played back in the 1970s and 80s. He recalled being ‘smashed’ by rival centre, Brian Hetherington in an Amco Cup match against Newtown.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Watch the second of the World Club Challenge matches – Brisbane Broncos beat Wigan 14-12 in golden point extra time. St George Illawarra had beaten Warrington 18-12 the previous day. I thought both matches were a good standard and very competitive, and brought back memories of some of the great clashes involving English and Australian clubs when the likes of Wigan’s Ellery Hanley, Joe Lydon and Andy Gregory starred.

Macca, on ABC Radio, has a tribute to the late American singer, Lesley Gore, prompting a phone call from Australian legend, Lucky Starr.

Marie and I visit our daughter-in-law, Channelle in Mater Hospital. She is expecting her first child any day now, but has had a rough trot, with a kidney infection. They may have to induce the birth next week.

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Wigan great, Ellery Hanley

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