Almanac Rugby League: A character from another era

It seems to be the week of celebrating ‘characters’ from a bygone era. A post earlier today paid tribute to Brisbane NRL great Fonda Metassa who passed away over the weekend. We haven’t seen the likes of Fonda for a long time and maybe we never will.


Now we share with you this obituary provided by FNQ Almanacker Peter Hulthen who spotted it in The Townsville Bulletin recently. The wharf, the hustle and the footy – how’s that for potential character formation and the source of many a story?





Peter H tells us that eulogist Marshall Colwell is a story in his own right – maybe one for another day.


About Ian Hauser

A happily retired ex-teacher with a (very) modest sporting CV. A Queenslander through and through who looks for those beautiful moments in sport (and life) that capture the spirit rather than the law of the game. Love reading and good wine. I run my own editing service for aspiring writers. Check me out at

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