DIARY UPDATE: Week 38, 2016

WEEK 38 2016


A day on the Gold Coast with our eldest son, Damien; his wife, Emma and their daughter, Parker. Dinner from a Thai restaurant in Tedder Avenue. Mano’s Bar and Grill has re-opened and the place is heaving.

Learn of the death of Ron Massey, 86, Coach of the Century, Jack Gibson’s right hand man at the Roosters and Parramatta. Quite often I would see Ron in the Broncos’ dressing room, as he had formed a good relationship with coach, Wayne Bennett, who appreciated Massey’s tactical genius. Also hear of the passing of Phil Kerrigan, a Gympie Brothers’ stalwart.

Now, I don’t know whether this is an urban myth or not, but…….A bloke walked into a Brisbane book shop and asked an attendant: ‘Where are the Banjo Patterson books?” She replied: ‘The music section is over there.’


Bump into former Courier-Mail movie critic, Des Partridge in the city today. Des retired in 2010, and says he has not written a word since. Drinks at Gresham Bar which has, once again, been voted best bar in Australia. Bars are certainly flashy these days compared with my youth. One of my favorite watering holes, as a journalist, was the Coronation Hotel at South Brisbane, when former Australian rugby league lock, Ian ‘Ripper’ Doyle was the publican. He served the best Carlton beer in Brisbane. The last time I went there it was a back packers’ hangout and the smell of ‘weed’ was evident.

Dinner at Ecco. Very good, but I give a larger than expected tip, putting my pin number into the space for tips. Oh well. Clumsy klutz.


Queensland (Intrust Super) Cup grand final and I watch proceedings from the QRL’s corporate box. An enjoyable day where I chat to a host of people. Burleigh Bears defeat Redcliffe 26-16 with Bears’ halfback, Cameron Cullen the Duncan Hall Medal winner as player of the match. Cameron’s dad, Wayne was halfback for Souths Magpies when they defeated Wynnum-Manly in the 1985 Brisbane grand final at the same ground. Redcliffe’s five eighth is Zac Strasser, whose dad, Ziggy, played for Norths when they won the 1980 BRL premiership. Ziggy was an inter-change player in the preliminary final win over Valleys, but did not get a run in the grand final victory over Souths. The jury is out on whether Zac is up to NRL standard.

Wynnum thrash Easts in the 2016 colts grand final, with the man of the match, Aaron Booth, a Murwillumbah Mustangs product, whose father and uncle were both fine players on the Tweed. The first match of the day is a primary schools final, in which Harris Fields from Logan City, defeat St Pats, from Emerald. The Harris Fields boys perform a Haka afterwards, which is an indication of their background, but, in my view, disrespectful to the occasion. And I can’t imagine they are all of Maori descent.

QRL managing director, Rob Moore says his son is playing rugby union in Japan. QRL head of Football, Neil Wharton’s wife (maiden name O’Brien) went to St Flannan’s, Zillmere, where our three children did their primary schooling.

Photo: Ian ‘Ripper’ Doyle (left) and another Toowoomba legend, John ‘Cracker’ McDonald.

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