DIARY OF A RETIRED RUGBY LEAGUE WRITER
WEEK 45 2017
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Remedial Massage physiotherapist, Paula Nutting mentions former Illawarra rugby league player, ‘bone crusher’ Jefferies, as she does her own impersonation of a bone crusher, on me. I mean that, in the nicest possible way.
Things come to a head tonight, re. next door’s dog, Toby and its constant barking. I tell the owner, Heidi that we are thinking of selling because of the racket, and she is horrified. I mean, how unconscious can you be. Unconscious, in that it would not enter her head, that the non-stop barking might send people up the wall. But, many dog owners fall into the same category.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
My sister, Gay Lynch chases information about our father’s former Shell Oil company fellow employees, men like John Charles, John O’Brien, Roy Dawtrey, Des Tooley, Ralph Eglington and Ted Krause.
Our youngest son, Lliam supplies inverters for new Broncos’ high performance centre at Red Hill, but says the solar panels, provided by another company, are ‘cheap’.
Va Bene Restuarant at Windsor International Motel, where my wife, Marie works, is packed for the Melbourne Cup, most of the patrons being of Italian descent. Marie, who works at motel reception, has to train a little lass from Carlisle in England, who has been working in the cotton fields at Goondiwindi, in south western Queensland.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Stop at Eumundi markets on our way to Noosa for a short break. A pineapple is the only thing we buy.
In Perth, our English friends, Terry and Joyce Holmes catch up with former England Rugby League CEO, David Howes at Lucky Shag Pub. They are here for the World Cup.
The Courier-Mail’s soccer writer, Marco Monteverde accompanies the Socceroos to Honduras. Our eldest boy, Damien and his wife, Emma have been there, and describe it as “a dangerous place”.
Our friend, Eloi Pelissier, has been dropped from the French rugby league World Cup side for a curfew breach. Eloi, who hails from the hills of L’Aude Province, is currently contracted to English club, Leigh.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Lovely swim at Noosa’s Main Beach. Exercise mob take over the tennis court at our apartment complex. Obviously, the body corporate have approved it, to maximise the use of facilities (and revenue). But it is not conducive to a relaxing holiday, for those paying big bucks to rent apartments, given the exercise ring master thinks he is a sergeant major.
Barman at Rococo had no idea there once was a caravan park at the end of Hastings Street. Live music provided by ‘the piano man’, who also plays the guitar and flute. My wife, Marie tells the story of a horse, on the family farm, eating a (cooked) chicken!! Watch the movie “Lion’. Very moving.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10
There is a fat goanna poolside. I think it is digesting an animal of some sort. Walk to mouth of Noosa River, and everything looks so lovely. A dad drops off his grommet son at Laguna Cove, where I see a car sporting an old Noosa Pirates rugby league sticker, with the slogan, “It’s My Game”. Drinks at Miss Moneypenny Bar, where the live music is good and the staff friendly. Dinner at Seasons is excellent – seafood curry (Marie); crab linguine (me). At both places, there were tables full of noisy females. If you think I have a thing about noise, you’re right. It is pollution. Don’t get me started on leaf blowers.
World Cup: Suliasi Vulivani scores three tries for Fiji in their 38-10 win over Italy in Canberra.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Idyllic scenes at Noosa’s main beach, with surf life saving activities in full swing; huge black cockatoos in the trees and good waves. This is Australia, on Remembrance Day. (And I love the sound of the cockatoos, because they are meant to be here. They are part of our eco-system). In the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ there is a letter to the editor, complaining that Noosa has been loved to death. Noosa is OK, as far as Marie and I are concerned.
World Cup: Amazing result in Hamilton, where Tonga beat New Zealand 28-22. In Cairns, Scotland manage to hold Samoa to a 14-14 draw, despite the loss of some of their players for disciplinary reasons. Danny Addy, who plays for Hull Kingston Rovers, is man of the match. In Sydney, Australia belt Lebanon 34-0 in front of a pro-Lebanon crowd! The crowd in Hamilton was pro-Tonga.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Lovely surf in heavy rain. Marie to the local market, where she buys heaps of produce, including Montville/Woodford blend coffee beans, Amamoor eggs, as well as lamb and ham from Sunnycoast Farms. Drinks this afternoon at Sisters Bar (formerly ‘Town Bike’). Back to our apartment in time to watch the World Cup double header from Perth – both games are poor standard. Ireland beat Wales 34-6 in the early one and England down France 34-6.
Our daughter-in-law, Emma’s Uber driver is a Sikh, who will join the Australian Army. Our armed forces allow Sikhs to wear turbans.
Photo 1: Eloi Pelissier with Marie and Steve Ricketts in 2009
Photo 2: Jon Ricketts (third from left) with some of his Shell Oil Company mates in Brisbane in the early 1960s.