TUESDAY, JUNE 2
Racing guru, Bart Sinclair turns 65 today. Still not a hair out of place. It is wonderful to see that my my former Brisbane ‘Telegraph’ colleague, Rod Gallegos is still giving turf tips on SKY’S Big Sports Breakfast. Rod, who is even older than me, is an absolute natural when it comes to the electronic media. To movies – ‘Gemma Bovery’ – not bad. Chat to former Australian Cricket fielding coach, Mike Young outside Brisbane Bandits’ offices at Grange. This outspoken American has provocative things to say about cricket culture at the top level. All the talk at Brothers Leagues Club is the Darius Boyd interview on ‘Australia Story’. The Broncos’ fullback has certainly got his life back on track. The last time I tried to interview him, when he was playing for Newcastle Knights, he told me (rather abruptly) to consult with the media manager. I only asked about his (apparent) ankle injury. Read that Brian Smith has accepted job as coach of Wakefield in England. ‘Rugby League Week’ had tipped Glen Morrison to coach the Wildcats. Very embarrassing, considering Smith is a columnist for RLW!!
FRIDAY, JUNE 5
Broncos thrash Manly 44-10 at Suncorp Stadium and Manly halfback, Daly Cherry-Evans cops abuse from sections of the crowd, following his decision to renege on his Gold Coast Titans’ contract. A messy affair, to say the least. The score replicated that of the first meeting between the clubs in 1988, a match which I covered. There was reserve grade that day as well. The crowd of 28,691 is disappointing. Manly are not a great draw in Brisbane, for some reason.
Marie watches French Open Tennis when we get home. Former Australian star, Fred Stolle, uses the term ‘nigger in the wood pile’ during his commentary. I think he got away with it!!! Today I bought a book called ‘League in the 70s’, my favorite era.
SATURDAY, JUNE 6
Marie and I have lunch at refurbished Brunswick Hotel in Fortitude Valley. A group of Carlton AFL fans at table next to us. Chris Judd taken off with career ending knee injury. Bulimba beat Brothers in extra time in Ted Beaumont Shield Second Division rugby league final. A number of Brothers’ supporters charter a bus from Grange to attend the match on the other side of the river. That’s a big trip for northside people.
Our youngest son Lliam watches ‘The Fugitive’, yet again.
SUNDAY, JUNE 7
Watch an under-16 league match at Valleys’ home ground, Emerson Park. Broncos’ coaching staff member, Kurt Richards is there. Televised Intrust Super Cup match between Wynnum-Manly and Souths Logan is played on Stradbroke Island, a league stronghold, just as Kangaroo Island is an Aussie rules bastion in South Australia. On the ABC, Caroline Wilson says Tony Lockett ‘put footy on the map in Sydney’. Hello!! Footy in Sydney is rugby league. ABC Landline has a special on Hereford cattle. I remember the movie ‘The Rare Breed’ (about Herefords) from my days as a patron of the Regent Theatre at Murwillumbah.
Channel 9 commentator, Ray Warren uses the term ‘Dickens of a time’, something you don’t hear very often these days. Crikey.