TUESDAY, MAY 19
To the Brisbane Showgrounds for announcement of the Queensland State of Origin side. I was invited on the basis of having provided information on the 1975 Queensland side (and helping to contact the players). The ’75 side, coached by the one and only Barry Muir, is acknowledged at the function for their courageous efforts in taking the three game series against the international laden New South Wales side to a decider in Sydney, which NSW won 9-8. Barry is seated at my table, along with the ’75 skipper, Greg Veivers and other team members, Rod Morris, John Crilly, Johnny Rhodes, David Wright and Chris Anderson (not to be confused with former Test winger, Chris Anderson. The Qld Anderson came from the Illawarra, where he played for Corrimal. He represented Queensland from Redcliffe) Ross Strudwick is sitting at another table with his wife, Lisa. They come over for a chat, and, as usual, they are entertaining. Origin lock, Corey Parker goes out his way to say hello to me, which is nice. Things were not always that civil when I was reporting for ‘The Courier-Mail’.
THURSDAY, MAY 21
People have camped out for the opening of a new Baskins and Robbins ice cream store at Grange. Seriously?? I take our youngest son, Lliam to Beer and Beef Club lunch at Pineapple Hotel, where I interview former Broncos’ strength and conditioning coach, Anthony Guilfoyle. Lliam says the networking experience was worthwhile.
My Derbyshire friend, Cliff Rodgers says he has tickets for the Cardiff Ashes Test, but, unfortunately, I have to decline. I thought about signing up for an Ashes supporters’ tour, but they are too expensive, especially as some of the hotels mentioned are ‘basic’.
SATURDAY, MAY 23
I phone 4BC’s Continuous Call Team to promote the QRL History Commitee’s Ross Livermore Address, which is to be given by noted author, Adrian McGregor. Talk mainly to Bob ‘Bozo’ Fulton, the Manly-Warringah icon I first met at Murwillumbah’s Imperial Hotel back in 1971. I first saw him play, live, in the 1968 World Cup final against France at the SCG. Later, I attend an emergency meeting of our body corporate committee to discuss a sink hole problem, which could be Brisbane City Council’s fault. Cr Fiona King has already inspected the site.
Marie returns from community garden with a choko. ‘Bags of water’ her dad called them. Tonight I watch a boring Cowboys v Tigers match from Campbelltown. So many robotic plays as Cowboys win 8-0. Thankfully some of the other football this week is entertaining.