TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22
My good mate, Trad McLean sends a photo of him and Tweed/Gold Coast identity, Archie Smith, a former Murwillumbah Brothers’ rugby league teammate of mine. Arch and his dad had a used car dealership in Murwillumbah, called ‘Honest Arch and Good Time Charlie’s’. Now, who wouldn’t buy a car from that firm. Diminutive Arch had more front than a rat with a gold tooth when it came to chatting up the ladies, back in our younger days, and we all ran off him.
My wife, Marie does her tax today, with Tim Mead at Sandgate. Tim tells us he once attended a cricket clinic run by former Australian opening batsman, Sam Trimble, a product of the Clunes district in northern New South Wales. I interviewed Sam and his son, Glenn on several occasions for the Telegraph newspaper. Excellent cod, calamari and chips at ‘Fishmonger’, Sandgate. Buy mangoes and cherries from a vendor at Matilda Garage, Geebung on our way home.
My former work colleague, Mark Oberhardt has a column in the Bayside Star called ‘Racing Now’, filling the void left by the death of Wayne Wilson.
A book has been launched on the history of cricket in the Manning Valley, New South Wales.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24
Craig Chalmers from Intrust Super, delivers a bottle of Moet, for Christmas. To Bandits/Brothers Club for Christmas drinks with the lads. Afterwards I watch the entire 2015 grand final. Amazing. Then ‘Miracle on 34th Street’. Shed a few tears, as usual. Marie’s sister, Caroline is 63 today. Goes to 4 p.m. Mass at South Lismore, where her niece, Elle Pope is an altar girl.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25
Mass at St Columba’s, Grange is well attended but not packed. Christmas lunch at our son, Lliam’s Hall Street, Paddington residence. My brother-in-law, David Lynch wins the inaugural Hall Street darts tournament. I am useless.
Former St George premiership winning halfback, George Evans passes away today. Evans played rugby union for New South Wales (before switching to league in 1962), and was a reserve for the Wallabies for four Tests, without getting on the field.