DIARY UPDATE: Week 26, 2015


To Paula Nutting Remedial Massage. She has had a number of sports roles over the years, including physio for Brisbane Brothers Rugby League when Don Gailer was coach. Don now coaches Valleys. A league contact of mine reckons eight of the 14 Intrust Super Cup clubs are technically broke.

Awful news breaks that Sunshine Coast forward, James Ackerman has died as a result of that tackle at Bishop Park. A ‘full-on’, but legal, tackle was how one spectator described it to me.

At ‘the club’, Peter Skerman waxes lyrical about Kevin Rose, a former indigenous halfback from Dirranbandi, who played Bulimba Cup for Toowoomba.


To Souths Leagues at Davies Park to discuss plans for forthcoming reunion for the 1985 premiership side. Magpies’ hooker, Travis Waddell is mowing the field. The Broncos have him in their sights as back-up number 9 to Andrew McCullough. I have an enjoyable chat with Souths CEO, Jim McClelland, who has a thousand yarns. When Bob McCarthy was coach at Souths he sent Jim to North Qld to sign veteran prop, Marshall Colwell, but Jim came back with young Proserpine hooker, Eddie Muller, who went on to become one of the Magpies’ best number 9s.

My wife joins her sister, Caroline, in greeting Caroline’s daughter, Kellie Kelly and her daughters, Liana and Emma, who are are in Brisbane en-route to Lismore in northern New South Wales for their (Irish) summer holidays. The Kelly’s live at Fantane in County Tipperary.

Tonight I have a few ales with former Courier-Mail colleague, Bernie Pramberg, who had just been to Wilston Grange Australian rules club to do an interview for his column: ‘For the Love of the Game’.


Marie and I are guests of Stadium managers, AE Ogden tonight for Broncos v Knights NRL match, which Brisbane win 44-22. The win came at a cost with forward, Josh McGuire tearing the achilles tendon. Former Courier-Mail colleague, Barry Dick is also a guest in the box.


Fellow History Committee member, Paul Hayes and I look through 8mm film of the 1963-64 Kangaroo tour of Britain and France. The full color, archival material comes from the home movie collection of John Cleary, a member of the touring side, and a former Queensland rugby union rep. There is some brilliant stuff, particularly activities away from football, such as cricket against a local side at Ilkley in Yorkshire; the boys looking at the sights of London and checking out Wembley Stadium, where they played the First Test against Britain; swimming in the Atlantic at Biarritz in France. There is also hilarious stuff from a hospital visit, with rugged prop, Kevin Ryan recovering from an injury or illness, with Barry Muir clowning around at his bedside, smoking away.

Our son Damien, drops in, worse for wear after his ‘Punters’ Club’ Golf event the previous day – at Ashgrove.

I watch most of the NRL matches from the weekend and it is refreshing to hear Foxsports commentators, Warren Smith and Braith Anasta being critical of several crusher tackles, while other commentators seem to excuse them as accidents. They are not accidents, but some are probably the result of muscle memory, a result of horrible trends in wrestling drills.

Former Queensland winger, ‘Smokin’ Joel Kilroy is interviewed on Channel 9 show, ‘Maroon Zone’. I first got to know Joe in 1979 when I played lower grades at Norths and he was an exciting 18-year-old prospect. I loved his company, and he had the most captivating smile.

John Cleary

John Cleary

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