TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
Our youngest son, Lliam shouts me to the movie, ‘Creed’ at Indooroopilly, after a meal in Vietnamese restaurant. A couple of young blokes leave the movie early, possibly to get into the next door cinema, free, says Lliam. Really!! I spend several hours today helping Queensland Rugby League History Committee chairman, Kevin Brasch sort through items in the QRL’s storage area at Suncorp Stadium. It is hot work, so a beer at the Paddington Tavern goes down well. Hungarian barmaid. I am Linked-in with former Newtown goal kicking ace, Bobby Lanigan and much traveled South Burnett product, Dustin Cooper, who played league for Melbourne, Newcastle and Cronulla in Australia, as well as playing league and union in France and league in the USA. He is the older brother of Cowboys’ star, Gavin Cooper.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16
Men of League Christmas lunch goes well, with bubbly former Test fullback, Frank Drake the special guest. Frank devised a quiz, and it proves a winner with the audience. I must confess, I had my reservations. Legendary Brothers’ strapper, Jimmy Johnson gets a birthday cake for his 80th, and is genuinely moved. There is much discussion around the resignation of Men of League CEO, Corinne Strauss. The position is more stressful than many people realise. Great sight in our street today – a brother and sister playing cricket, with the sister sending down some pretty mean deliveries. Marie and I watch Alfred Hitchcock movie, ‘Torn Curtain’. Not bad, but certainly not one of Alfred’s best.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
Brothers’ forward, Adam Crear signs with Intrust Super Cup club, Brisbane Easts. Adam, the son of former Brisbane representative forward, Mark Crear, is too good to be playing Second Division with Brothers, but loves the company of his mates. Brothers lose four other players – to Sandgate.
Marie and I looking worse for wear after having a number of skin cancers ‘burnt’ off, the curse of having Anglo-Celtic skin in a sub-tropical climate.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20
Marie and I debate previous name of Zooper Doopers. They were icy poles. Watch ‘Carols in the Domain’ telecast and it is great to hear so many traditional songs.
Also learn of the death of Jimmy Hill, the famous soccer commentator from England. Although I am not a great fan of the round ball code, I loved ‘Match of the Day’, with Jimmy in the chair.
Leeds rugby league’s veteran Test lock, Kevin Sinfield rates second in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award behind Scots tennis ace, Andy Murray. Sinfield hails originally from Oldham in Greater Manchester, where he still lives, I understand.