On 2KY’s Big Breakfast Show, former New South Wales State of Origin centre, Matt King says the 52-6 loss to Queensland last week cut deep. “I am devastated. I take these losses personally,” said the Casino (northern NSW product). Matt played for Queensland Residents when he was contracted to Brisbane Norths as part of their affiliation with Melbourne Storm, and admits that it was a strange, if not disturbing, feeling.

Our eldest son, Damien, who is good mates with Matt, phones us to sing the praises of Woolgoolga on the NSW North Coast where he and his wife, Emma have just spent some time. They loved the North Punjabi (Indian) food at one of the local restaurants.

Rumors are afoot that Brothers’ Seniors rugby league (affiliated with the Junior Club) could take up residence at Stafford Bowls Club.

Learn that Penrith’s Apisai Koroisau is related to former Rochdale Hornets (England) and St George rugby league forward, the late Apisai Toga. Toga played for St George in the late 1960s early 1970s.


MC Carlton Beer and Beef Club lunch at Customs House in the city, with a travel mob special guests, promoting their trips with a slide show. I think my home slide shows are a lot more entertaining!!!!

150 Lashes Pale Ale is now on tap at Brothers. Good beer. Barmaid, Jess, shouts our group, because she just got her tax cheque.


Broncos host a lunch to toast the 1995 sides. I am at Men of League table with the likes of MOL legend, Ron Atkins; former Brisbane Wests’ stars Ron Raper, Bob Green and Artie Connell (all Sydney juniors); former Crushers’ official, Keith Blake and former Test halfback, Denis Ward. Ron and Artie say Sydney clubs did not pay much to local juniors back in the 1960s. Ben Ikin is MC and interviews Petero Civoniceva and Phil Lee from the 1995 Colts premiership winning side.

My Indian cabbie says he spends six months here and six months in India. We talk sugar cane, a crop native to India.


Family get together at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast. Matt Pope and his son, Jack had been to Manchester City v Melbourne City soccer match at Robina the previous night. Matt married Marie’s niece, Sonia Galea. He was drug tested by police at Bexhill, on the way to the match.

Fraser Coast Men of League identity, Trevor Lindeberg phones. Says there is just one rugby league club in Maryborough now – Wallaroos – a long way from the city’s glory days.

Learn of the death of Danny O’Connell, brother of former Test halfback, Wally O’Connell.

Oberon rugby league club celebrate 50th anniversary of a famous premiership victory over Lithgow Workmen’s. Melbourne Storm coach, Craig Bellamy, who hails from nearby Portland, is a former Oberon player. Grand finals in those days – at Oberon or nearby centres – would draw crowds of up to 8,000.


Apisai Toga

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