Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Researching and drafting my two Balmain Tigers books has helped me further appreciate how much the club meant to me. During the 1997-99 seasons I rarely missed a home game and I made it to a reasonable number of away games. My passion for Balmain was extraordinary and I felt something like it toward Wests Tigers from 2000 to 2012, but it wasn't the same feeling. Now days my number one team is New South Wales Blues. My Balmain Tigers books will hopefully capture the energy I haven't been able to replace, and also contribute to documenting some of the club's wonderful history.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Saturday, December 1, 2018
After a few months of research and interviews the day to begin drafting my two Balmain Tigers books arrived today. It feels great! Having written eight other books I can take confidence knowing I have a lot of experience with the process. The one expectation I'm going to fuel myself with is seeing these books grow. Completing each stage presents its own rewards.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
It still mystifies me that outside back Michael Withers left Balmain Tigers after the 1998 season and never returned to the National Rugby League. He was a phenomenal talent and surely his statistics after three years playing Super League in England had to catch some NRL eyes. His Super League numbers with Bradford Bulls from 1999 to 2001 was 61 games played with 47 tries. He played on in the Super League and his final season was in 2007 with Wigan. He had a great career in the Super League, yet one cannot help wondering what he might have achieved with more time in the NRL. Balmain Tigers fans were sad to see him go because we all knew he was a terrific player.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
I've researched and interviewed people from all walks of life and across a number of sports, yet my recent experiences with rugby league have far exceeded my expectations. The enthusiasm towards my book projects from former coaches, players and administrators has been fantastic. Fans of the sport have given me plenty of encouragement, and I've received assistance from rugby league people in England and New Zealand. There is a great rugby league community out there!
During the last twenty-six years I've had a few stoppages and resumptions of interest with baseball. The 2014 Sydney Major League Baseball Opening Series was incredible. For me, it seemed like a perfect ending to over twenty years of interest in the game. My exit didn't go as planned, though, as I felt compelled to stay involved because shortly thereafter a good friend took on the role of interim chief executive officer of Baseball Australia / The Australian Baseball League. So I wrote a couple more books with an Aussie baseball theme and those latter two are probably my best from that genre. Media opportunities have come up along the way and I must admit I do enjoy interviews, but such discussions are keeping me connected closely to the sport, and I'm looking for greater distance. For many years I've had too many disappointments with baseball, and frankly, I should have moved on years ago. Knowing baseball related interviews are now behind me is helpful. I wish the sport all the very best within Australia and abroad, but my days of chatting about baseball are now in the past.