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 happy, Noosa-based retiree with a (very) modest sporting CV - although I do share the never-to-be-beaten record for the tenth wicket for the long-defunct Unley Lutheran Cricket Club - a partnership of 62 with Craig Hartmann in 1973! A Queenslander through and through, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby league. I'm a firm believer in the notion that there is a fine line between winning and losing in sport. 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's online editors, I offer a comprehensive editing service for both new and experienced writers. Check me out at Queenslander!

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