DIARY UPDATE: Week 40, 2016

WEEK 40 2016


Border Field, which I still regard as Neumann Oval (ex Valleys rugby league HQ) hosts Queensland v Tasmania Matador Shield one day cricket clash. Entertaining stuff, played in front of a handful of fans. A butcher bird attacks a Queensland fieldsman, near the fence. I’m told they’re more vicious than magpies. My former Courier-Mail editor, Michael Crutcher is there.

Marie and I watch Carole King special on TV. She wrote so many wonderful songs, and I confess to listening to her Tapestry LP over and over.


Brisbane Men of League Committee meet at Ithaca Bowls. Redlands area wants to establish a sub-committee. Our Patron, Ron Atkins says Test rugby league centre, Will Chambers is grandson of Tweed league legend, Max Telford. Chamber ‘s great uncle is Gerald Chadburn, a fine centre, who played for several clubs on the Tweed. I had to mark him on one occasion, and he made mince meat of me. Run into former Test winger, Mick Hancock in the car park. A Broncos’ development officer, he is disappointed current Broncos’ forward, Josh McGuire missed out on the Australian side. Mick tells me former Queensland State of Origin winger, Terry Butler has died. (cancer). A heavy smoker.

Lawn mowing firm engaged to look after our town house estate have no idea how to properly mow grass. Just rush over it, and ‘perfection’ be damned.


Broncos Ball – Lachlan Maranta, who is off to the Reds (union) is quite emotional as he is farewelled. The grandson of Broncos’ foundation chairman, Barry Maranta, Lachlan has signed with Queensland Reds rugby union. Fullback, Darius Boyd wins the Paul Morgan Medal as Broncos’ player of the year. Marie and I have a nice chat to Radio TAB sports host, John McCoy and his wife, Carmel.

Learn of the death of former News Ltd sports columnist, Rebbeca Wilson, 54, from breast cancer. Rebecca was a Super League Media person during ‘the war’, and a fearless columnist for the Sydney Telegraph.


Langlands Park, Stones Corner hosts inter-state universities match, which Queensland wins. Catch up with the likes of player manager, Paul Hogan (not to be confused with ‘Hoges’); Norths coach, Mark Gliddon and Broncos’ under-20 trainer, Terry Gray, who is ‘house dad’ for five players. Terry hails from Pittsworth on the Darling Downs. His brother, Darryl ‘two pots’ Gray, was a skilful five eighth for Brisbane Norths. Queensland win easily and I attend a dinner put on for both sides. Chat to former top coach, Matt Elliott, as well as Australian Unis coach, Aaron Zimmerle. Matt is on a different planet to most of us, and I don’t mean that as an insult.


Marie and I attend Italian Festival at Spencer Park, Newmarket. A wonderful day of festivities, highlighted by flag wavers from Central Italy, as well as singers from Sydney. There are also medieval style sword fighters. To each his own. More live music at dusk – in the Brisbane City Soccer Club. I covered a match at Spencer Park – for The Sunday Mail – but it wasn’t soccer. It was a Queensland versus New South Wales American Football game, and it was terrible. Lots of overweight guys, who wouldn’t make it in league.  Surprising how many were of Mediterranean descent.

Watch replay of English Super League grand final, won 12-6 by Wigan over Warrington. The Wigan outfit includes Lewis Tierney, the son of former British rugby dual international, Jason Robinson. I was at Wembley in October 1993 when Robinson made his league Test debut against the touring Kiwis.

Reflect on the life of my sister, Kerri-Anne who would have turned 63 today. She died on February 9, 2006 from cancer.

Photo: Kerri-Anne Ricketts with our ‘Aunty Fan’ in Lismore in 1974.

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