DIARY OF A RETIRED RUGBY LEAGUE WRITER.
WEEK 29, 2017
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19
Noted rugby league journalist, Steve Mascord is interviewed on Radio TAB. Steve has written his biography, ‘Touchstones’, and is also starting a business selling rugby league merchandise.
As I walk along Kedron Brook, I see three Asian females picking what appear to be weeds. Maybe not.
THURSDAY, JULY 20
Centre, James Roberts scores two tries in the Broncos’ 42-12 thrashing of Canterbury-Bankstown at Suncorp Stadium, but the star of the match is Brisbane hooker, Andrew McCullough. I watch the match, sitting alongside league historian, Lyle Beaton. In the curtain raiser, an Australian Catholic Universities player scores three tries against Queensland University, but breaks his leg late in the match.
Broncos’ media chief, Steele Tallon says he is a fan of my website. Thanks mate.
Former Test prop, David Shillington is the new Queensland Manager of Men of League.
I received an email this week from colorful rugby league identity, John Elias, wishing me well. John always called me ‘champion’, but he calls lots of people ‘champion’.
Learn of the death of Lance Sinclair, 89, the father of a former Murwillumbah High School classmate, Phillip Sinclair.
FRIDAY, JULY 21
Coldest morning of the year. Almost needed gloves. My wife is disappointed to find that someone has ‘given away’ a compost bin from the community garden, where she does most of the work. What gave them the right to ‘give it away’, she asks. Evidently the body corporate will claim it on insurance, but, down the track, that has an impact on all fee payers.
Author, Joe Gorman addresses our Queensland Rugby League History Committee meeting, updating us on the progress of his latest project, a book about the 13 man code in Queensland, and how it is intrinsically linked with the history and culture of the state.
Our son Damien’s Year 9 Beenleigh High School side loses 20-4 to Woodridge. The Beenleigh boys played well and had all the running in the first 15 minutes, but could not convert this into points.
At Stafford Travern, I have a good chat about footy with former Queensland Residents’ rugby league winger, Gerard Kerr, who is there with his mum. Gerard says Channel 9 television personality, Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin was a top coach. Vautin coached a Brisbane rep. side, which included Kerr.
Local resident, Jim Gannon says a new bar has opened at Grange – Quincy’s – named after a prominent architect. It is time to leave the pub when the Kiwis have the large screen switched to rugby union. The noisy minority always seem to get their way in Australia.
SATURDAY, JULY 22
Big day at my sister, Gay Lynch and husband, David’s South Brisbane apartment, watching the races and the NRL, not necessarily in that order. Our nephew, Xavier Ricketts, an officer in the Australian Army, talks in technical terms about the Charge of Beersheba, in 1917. The famous mounted charge is revered as one of the greatest battles in Australia’s military history, and one of the most successful cavalry charges ever. The fall of Beersheba opened the way for an allied advance into the Middle East. Xavier is an excellent rugby league player, and has considered putting up his hand for Ireland, given he qualifies by way of family connections.
SUNDAY, JULY 23
‘Long Table’ lunch at Giani’s, Portside at riverside Hamilton in Brisbane. We attend with a large group of friends. The USS Ronald Reagan is moored nearby. It is 75 years since General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Brisbane, to establish his South Pacific HQ.
In Northern Rivers Rugby League, Peter ‘Pencil’ O’Connor is set to referee his 500th game (Evans Head v Ballina). He was in charge when Marist Brothers beat South Grafton on the bell in the famous 1994 grand final. At Mundubbera, in the Central Burnett region of Queensland, Adam Crear scores a try for Brisbane Easts against Brisbane Norths in a Country Week match. Crear previously played for Brothers in the Second Division. His dad, Mark represented Brisbane and his uncle, Steve, played for Australia.
Harley Moore, the son of our Hermitage Gardens town house managers, Harry and Robyn, wins a gold medal in the under-23s world rowing titles in Bulgaria.
Photo1: Long Table Lunch, Portside
Photo 2: Steve Crear