WEEK 31, 2016
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
My wife, Marie turns 66 today. To dinner at Rhubarb, Rhubarb at Wooloowin. Good, not great. Waiter, of Fijian origin, is excellent. Kitchen staff, Asian. Marie and our daughter, Melanie share a bottle of pinot gris from France’s Alsace region, where we stayed as a family in 1990. Melanie’s netball skipper is among the diners.
Learn of the death of former Murwillumbah Old Boys’ rugby league prop, Peter ‘Flash’ Flanagan (69). I played against him in the early 1970s, and interviewed his son, Shane, when he played for Wests in Brisbane and then the Burleigh Bears. Peter played his last game for Old Boys in 1974, my last full season on the Tweed. He played on with a severe head wound in his farewell match, when teammate Billy Miller was sent off.
Channel 9 reporter, Danny Weidler breaks news that former Parramatta and NFL star, Jarryd Hayne will play for Gold Coast Titans in the NRL.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4.
Meet former New Zealand rugby league forward, Sione Faumuina who is to publish his autobiography, ‘The Second Phase’, and wants me to proof read the drafts. Sione also dabbled in union, but says league is much tougher. These days he lives at Springfield in Ipswich, and he and his wife have a laundromat. He has been ‘on the wagon’ for three years, after some much publicised incidents involving his battle with the bottle.
Babysit out grandson, Ethan. He is a delight. Take him to Kedron Brook to feed the ducks, but he eats the bread intended for the ducks!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
Lismore Italo Stars Soccer Club celebrate their 50th anniversary. The Italo Australian club at North Lismore, was a popular place for dances back in the 1970s, when I was a young bloke.
Watch Olympic Games Opening ceremony from Brazil. Very Good. Had not heard of some countries. Also watch end of a quality New South Wales Cup rugby league match between Newtown and Newcastle, with Charleville product, Kurt Capewell in great form for Newtown.
To Gibson Park for Second Division league match between home side, Brothers and Dayboro. Brothers are down 26-0 at one stage, but fight back, before losing 36-30. Former Brothers’ player, Adam Crear is in the crowd. He is playing for Easts in the Intrust Super Cup, but has ‘signed up’ for Brothers’ end of season trip, because he loves the company of his mates. Adam’s dad, Mark represented Brisbane back in the 1980s.
Photo: Playgroup Ladies – Margaret White (left) and Lyn Grady.