Diary entry: Week 12, 2015

THURSDAY, MARCH 19

‘Freddy’ Fittler on Channel 9 says he loves XXXX Gold. “You can drink 20 of them”.

Hear today of a dispute between Brothers Seniors and Juniors (rugby league) re proceeds and/or conducting of raffles at Brothers/Bandits Leagues Club, Grange. The in-fighting in rugby league is one of the things that holds back our great code. Buy groceries at ‘corner’ shop at Rosalie. Girl who serves me is from County Tyrone in Ireland.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20

See North Queensland Cowboys ‘old boys’ like Josh Hannay, Mick Coorey and Peter Jones heading to Ice Works Bar prior to the Broncos v Cowboys match at Suncorp Stadium. This is the Cowboys’ 20th anniversary year. My wife says stadium caterers could do a better job at the bars. She says beers are poured in advance, but not spirits. I would have thought it should be the other way round. The beer is bad enough coming in plastic, but when it is flat…well, why bother.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21

Start the day by watching second half of Leeds v Wigan match from Headingley. Great atmosphere. John Lang returns my call re a Men of League magazine article. John says his hero, when he was a lad, was Elton Rasmussen, who played 18 Tests for Australia between 1959 and 1968. Elton didn’t drink when he was playing, but decided he needed to imbibe with his patrons when he became licensee of the Ship Inn at South Brisbane. Lunch at Bounty Bar, Rosalie, then drive home through massive storm. Some mad drivers in 4 wheel drives do not adjust their driving habits. Annual Tonie Carroll Cup schoolboys rugby league carnival is held at Beenleigh High, today with the great man himself (a Beenleigh old boy) there to do the presentations.

My good mate from Yorkshire in England, Andrew Varley, is celebrating the marriage of his son Jack to Amber – in Las Vegas. Jack held a post-wedding bucks night 48 hours later, as you do.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22

A downpour at Piggabeen (West Tweed Heads) sees the ground announcer urge patrons – at the Intrust Super Cup game between Tweed and Norths – to leave immediately if they have small cars, because or rising waters from nearby creeks.

Johnny Lang

Johnny Lang

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