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 relaxed, Noosa-based retiree with a (very) modest sporting CV. A Queenslander through and through, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby league. I enjoy travel, good coffee and cake, reading, and have been known to appreciate a glass or three of wine. As well as being one of Footy Almanac's online editors, I moonlight as an editor for hire - check me out at

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