TUESDAY, APRIL 5
Drinks with my former Murwillumbah High classmate, Tom Tartan, who is dressed a bit like Robin Hood! He had been to New Zealand, including Stewart Island, where he saw a Kiwi. Tom reminds me that he worked in I.T. at Golden Circle, when they were an Australian company.
British rugby league great, ‘Mad Mick’ Sulivan dies today, aged 82. I remember my dad telling me what a tough time Sullivan gave rugby union convert, Mike Cleary when the British toured here in 1962. I hear from a good source (I still have some) that Canterbury-Bankstown coach, Des Hasler wants to off-load young prop, Lloyd Perrett. Ben Howes, the son of former British Rugby League boss, David Howes, has been promoted to European PR director for Amazon, and will be based in Luxembourg.
THURSDAY, APRIL 7
Broncos v St George Illawarra match at Suncorp Stadium is so dull. No imagination from either side. Broncos win 26-0 but the 30,000 crowd deserved better.
Former Great Britain rugby league coach and captain, Frank Myler is honored as Rochdale Hornets best ever coach. In all my trips to the UK, I have seen the Hornets just once – against Huyton (ex Liverpool City) at Huyton in 1978. There were more fans from Rochdale at the match, than locals.
SATURDAY APRIL 9
Valleys defeat Carina at Emerson Park in a Brisbane Rugby League fixture, and the Valleys’ boys sing the club song to fans. Nice touch. In the crowd are the likes of former international, John Payne and his son, Paul; former Valleys’ players, Jeff Coutts and Bob Knight. Prominent Easts’ men, Des Morris and Darren Smith are there to run the rule over a couple of Carina players (Carina are affiliated with Easts). Darren thinks football today is too predictable, and I agree.