Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: Happy Birthday Mal and Game 3 chat

July 8, 1980

First State of Origin.

Mal’s 20th birthday.

7 from 7 with the pointy end of an Adidas (?) footy boot.

Queensland 20 d. NSW 10.

Happy 55th Mal.



About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Incidentally, MAL MENINGA OF QUEENSLAND is an anagram of FINE MAN – A LEGEND, NO QUALMS.

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