TUESDAY, MAY 5
To French restaurant, Lutece tonight for an Alsace Wine dinner. Marie and I and our three children spent a lovely week in the Alsace in 1990, staying in a Gite (cottage), owned by the lovely Huck family, at Rosenwiller, a tiny village outside the wine centre of Rosheim. At Lutece I chat to Hal David, father of prominent journalist, Kathy Davis. I first met Kathy at Brisbane’s old Trades Hall when I was The Telegraph’s industrial roundsman in 1979, and she was working in television. Fast forward to 1996, and she hosted me to lunch at Romeo’s Restaurant, on St Paul’s Terrace, when she was doing PR for OptusVision, when they were going head-to-head with Foxtel for the rights to televise rugby league.
Learn of the death of former Cronulla and Redcliffe rugby league utility, Chris Wellman, aged just 64. He had been living at Bogangar on the Tweed Coast. Wellman joined Redcliffe from Sydney Wests in 1976. He started his first grade career with Cronulla in 1969 and played five eighth outside Tommy Bishop in the Sharks’ 10-7 loss to Manly in the 1973 Sydney grand final. Also learn of the passing of Paul Sherman OAM, aged 81, well known in the arts fraternity and a boyhood friend of our GP, Dr Desmond Dann. Dr Dann told me, Paul, as a teenager, would stage Shakespearean plays downstairs at the family home.
THURSDAY, MAY 7
To Ipswich so I can interview former Queensland State of Origin medico, Dr Roy Saunders for Men of League magazine. To Fernvale afterwards for a pie and peas in the park, near the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. Then a walk at Mt Glorious, where a Burpengary School group is exploring the wonders of the rainforest, including a brown snake on the track!
Our son’s company, Supply Partners, supplies solar panels to a pub at Barcaldine.
‘Tweed Daily News’ carries an article about proposed reunion for 1965 Murwillumbah High School class, and there is a photograph of former students, two of them former rugby league teammates/rivals of mine, Brian ‘Tussles’ Alexander and Terry McNally, the latter a schoolboy sensation, the former a gutsy little fullback for Murwillumbah Brothers, who had his back broken in a spear tackle in our 1973 grand final loss to Tweed Seagulls. Brothers beat Murwillumbah Old Boys and Tweed All Blacks in the knock-out semi and preliminary final respectively, but we could’t handle the class of Seagulls.
FRIDAY, MAY 8
Interview 1963-64 Kangaroo tourist, John Cleary for Men of League magazine. John, who also played rugby union for Queensland, had some great stories to tell.
To Broncos v Penrith match at Suncorp Stadium tonight, a sensational 80 minutes, with the Broncos winning 8-5 on the fulltime hooter, thanks to a try by winger, Corey Oates. Darius Boyd makes a solid return from injury.
Today is the 10th anniversary of the death of former Qld halfback, Ross ‘Angry Ant’ Henrick. Hard to believe. What a competitor. He was only 46.
SUNDAY, MAY 10
Mother’s Day lunch at ‘Bounty’, Rosalie where our grandson, Ethan is a hit. “Definitely the cutest baby of the day,” says waitress.
Gorden Tallis has a great column in ‘The Sunday-Mail’, airing his views on State of Origin eligibility. Ryan Hoffman interviewed on Channel 9, with the Melbourne Storm star revealing he has a
soft spot for the Canberra Raiders, given his dad, Jay was an original Raider in 1982. Jay represented Queensland (in 1979-80) when he played for Gold Coast Tigers and then Brisbane Brothers. I worked at ‘The Telegraph’ with Jay’s father, Bill, a sub-editor.
Learn of the death of former Brisbane Brothers Leagues Club director, Paul Kerswell (PK), who was a regular at Friday night raffles for the current Brothers’ side, which plays in the Second Division.