DIARY OF A RETIRED RUGBY LEAGUE WRITER.
WEEK 7 2017.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Dinner with English friends, John and Glenda Tapp at their holiday unit, ‘Mariner’s Point’, Point Cartwright, on the Sunshine Coast. There are great views of the mouth of the Mooloola River. Dinner at Thai Lotus is excellent.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Surf at Mooloolaba’s Main Beach, with Marie, and John Tapp. Breakfast at Pippi’s, where service is ordinary. Walk past a tattoo parlor, where the manager shows an English lady the ‘tatt’ under his arm. Lovely.
Back in Brisbane, I have a beer with Jim House, who says Australian soldiers were allowed to take their rifles home, after World War 1. Brothers’ stalwart, Tony Martyn wants me to lead a Kangaroo Supporters’ Tour, but I think those days are gone.
Pat Welsh turns 60. and I wish him well. “No more birthdays, thanks Steve,” he replies.
Death of Wickety Wak lead singer, Greg Doolan, aged 73. Wickety Wak, a musical institution in Queensland, are still performing.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Watch Super League match, Huddersfield v Salford, and the Elland junior side walks out with the Huddersfield stars.
Community drinks tonight, where we meet several new neighbors, one from Bathurst, who has a Brazilian wife, with a Scots accent.
Learn of the death of former Wallaby, Tom Sweeney, a product of Gregory Terrace College, and a Life Member of Brisbane Brothers Rugby Union. Tom, who toured South Africa with the Wallabies in 1953, worked for 10 years as an engineer on the Snowy Mountains Scheme.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Watch Leigh go down 17-14 to Leeds. Leigh were desperately unlucky. One of the highlights was a magic pass by Leigh’s veteran Australian centre, Willie Tonga. Former dual rugby international, Paul Moriarty is in the crowd at the Gloucester v Scarletts rugby union match. His son, Ross, who was born at St Helens in England, when Paul played for the club, is contracted to Gloucester.
Listen to Roy and HG on radio. They are still very funny. They discuss English cricketer, Joe Root, as well as an event at a South Australian nudist beach.
Big afternoon of rugby league at Valleys’ home ground, Emerson Park, Grange. Drinks with Diehards’ legends, Greg ‘Hammer’ Walker, Peter Coyne, Russell Klein and brothers, Richard and Stephen Boys. Visiting sides included Norths St Jospehs from Virginia; Brisbane Brothers from Stafford and Valleys from Gladstone.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19
English club, Warrington beat the Brisbane Broncos 27-18 as part of the World Club Series, with Warrington five eighth, Kevin Brown man of the match, in his first appearance for ‘The Wire’, since moving from Widnes.
Family get-together at Tweed. Our eldest son, Damien gives his nephew, Jed Arnot, several footy drills to practice. Jed plays junior rugby league for Marist Brothers in Lismore, the same club where my younger brother, Jeffery played back in the 1970s.
Surf at Rainbow Bay, where grandstands are being built for Roxy Pro, surf board riding event.
Photo: Russell Klein charges into the Wests’ defence.