MONDAY, JUNE 27
Matt Johns Show on Foxsports pays tribute to the late Greg Pierce, the former Cronulla and Australian rugby league skipper. There is a poignant shot of Greg with the late Steve ‘Sludge’ Rogers, holding the Amco Cup after they had beaten Combined Brisbane in the 1979 final.
Media identity and sports marketing expert, Michael Blucher makes a good point on Radio TAB – Queensland’s State of Origin players turn to each other after scoring a try. That is their first thought. Take a look at top notch soccer players. Instead of going to their teammates, they play up to the crowd.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
Our daughter, Melanie has a new job – as an events manager with Jack Morton Worldwide – in Hong Kong. She is very excited.
One of my English friends – won’t name him – says Brexit is a victory for ‘Little Englanders’, and that it was a bad mistake. He calls Boris Johnson an “opportunistic clown.”
We have concrete cut at the back of our town house, so we can plant trees along the fence line, for privacy and to attract birds. One of the workmen previously was employed by former Brisbane Wests’ rugby league star, Alan Wieland, who also had a stint with Adelaide Rams. This bloke took his Canadian son-in-law to the Caxton Hotel, and then State or Origin. The Canadian loved the whole experience.
FRIDAY, JULY 1
Channel 9’s Kimberley Busteed interviews me – in the entrance of Brothers’ Leagues Club, Grange – for their ‘Maroon Zone’ show. I talk about Bob Lindner. Kimberley’s husband is former Queensland Sheffield Shield cricketer, Chris Simpson, who is now a banker. Barry (Brothers’ barman) didn’t know I was ‘famous’.
SATURDAY, JULY 2
Foxsports feature a special on Catalans Dragons rugby league club from France, given it is their 10th anniversary in the Euro Super League. Vote (Federal election) at Wilston School. Greens candidate, Kirsten Lovejoy spruiks the fact she is a ‘mining town girl’. Tonight I attend Broncos’ charity auction at Brisbane Convention Centre. People at my table include multi-media personality, Peter Psaltis; Ken Healy (brother of former Test cricketer, Ian, and a handy cricketer himself in his day) and Frank Barrett (Men of League). Took a bus to the city, got a cab home. The driver, originally from Afghanistan, lives at Springfield.
SUNDAY, JULY 3
South Sydney stalwart, John Sutton plays his 250th match for the Rabbitohs – against North Queensland in Cairns. I remember seeing Sutton on the beach front at Maroubra, when he was a young man, checking out the surf. I believe he was a member of the ‘Bra Boys’ (surf gang). A minutes silence is observed for former Test hooker, Brian Fitzsimmons, in Cairns. Fitting, given he played much of his football in the north. Brian, who played four Tests for Australia, between 1967 and ’71, died on June 22.
Photo: Bob Lindner (far left) at Combined Brisbane training. Also pictured (from left): Gary Smith, Greg Conescu, Bryan Niebling, Wally Lewis, Wally Fullerton-Smith, Scott Lewis.