A blog of grumpiness, stilts and skin.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Bennett like Beckham

While Grumpy be no rap for the coaching skills of Rugby Union's Eddie Jones, hats off to the skeleton with skin - Australian Rugby League's Wayne Bennett - who resigned as national coach last night.

I've been a big fan of Bennett's since he coached my boyhood team, the mighty Southern Suburbs Magpies, from 28 years in the Rugby League wilderness to Brisbane champions in the late 1970s - co-incidentally the last time the Australian Kangaroos lost a series.

(BTW, if anybody wants to purchase a set of autographs of that full Kangaroo side before they left for England and France in 1978, please leave a post and we'll talk turkey.)

Although Bennett presided over the Kangaroos' recent loss of the tri-nations series in England, it should be remembered that with Rugby Union now able to poach League's best backline players the Kangaroos' aura has blurred over recent years.

Moreover, the tri-nations isn't just any series. It's a round-robin championship between the world's three best sides, with the odds of the Kangaroos finally failing significantly higher than in a regular three-Test series between Australia and one other nation.

No, in spite of his taciturn ways, the skeleton has been a great coach for a long, long time.

Long after this copybook smudge is forgotten, the memory of Bennett as super coach of the Queensland Maroons, Brisbane Broncos and (of course) the mighty Magpies will remain.


Blogger SuperFreo! said...

Love your work, Grumpy.

Any chance of an AFL story, preferably on the Fremantle Dockers, South Fremantle or East Fremantle footy sides?

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Blogger Quirkie said...

Oh god. Not two of you.

Blah-di-blah-di-blah. Do you mind if I just hang around for the cat stories?

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Blogger Quirkie said...

Ooops. Was that rude? Sorry, Mr Grumpy, I know we don't know each other well.

And Mr Superfreo! Please excuse me. No national pride at all.

(Or Mrs Superfreo!? Extra sorry.)

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Blogger Grump Les Tiltskin said...

So good to hear from you Superfreo.

As James Brown said of 'Sex Machine' at the Sydney Entertainment Centre a few years back, so I say of the mighty Dockers:

"You'll get Sex Machine whether you like it or not!"

However, on the South and East Freo front I'll defer to your expertise, should you choose to air it here.

On the local front, I'm a Brisbane Rugby League kinda fella myself.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Blogger Grump Les Tiltskin said...

Dear Quirkie

Cats are cool. It's all good. You might say, it's cool for cats.

My God, it's 9:25AM. I've been blogging like this for hours.

(The only thing I've done so far this morning is fob a phone call concerning an overdue account for this guy I'm doing some grunt-work for.)


Monday, December 12, 2005

Blogger SuperFreo! said...

Yeah, yeah. Sign me up.

SuperFreo is go!

Monday, December 12, 2005


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