Saturday, May 25, 2019

May Balmain Tigers Book Writing Update

I've had a pleasing and productive month of May working on my two Balmain Tigers books. There is potential for me to further increase my writing pace, and hopefully I will in June. I'm amazed by how many coincidental interactions I've had with rugby league people the last few months. I also appreciate very much encouragement I've received from several people. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

More Balmain Tigers Writing Prompts

Steve Noyce - Former Wests Tigers CEO
On Saturday night I was on my way to dinner at Circular Quay and I found myself standing next to former Wests Tigers Chief Executive Officer Steve Noyce. We ended up on the same train from Town Hall and I told him about my Balmain Tigers books. It's truly remarkable how many rugby league identities I have crossed paths with during the last few months. It has to be encouragement from the universe for me to keep working on my books!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

1996 was my first season attending rugby league games

William "Bubba" Kennedy
The first rugby league game I attended as a spectator was Round 5 on Sunday, April 21, 1996 at Parramatta Stadium, where Sydney Tigers took on Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. The Tigers were in the game at halftime but Cronulla-Sutherland ran away with it in the second half winning 36-16. My second game was Round 14 on Sunday, July 7 at Parramatta Stadium, and their opponent that day was St. George Dragons. Similarly, the Tigers were in the game at halftime but St. George won 30-19. My third and final game for 1996 was Round 18 on Saturday night, August 3 at Parramatta Stadium, and they played North Sydney Bears. North Sydney were in control from start to finish and won 30-6. They were back to Balmain Tigers for 1997 and playing at their true home Leichhardt Oval. I was there for their celebrated Round 1 homecoming game played against Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles with 18,247 in attendance. Manly-Warringah won 14-10 but it was nevertheless a competitive effort by Balmain. It wasn't until Round 4 on Sunday, March 30 that I attended my first ever Tigers win, when Balmain played South Sydney Rabbitohs at Leichhardt Oval, and they won 22-16. Supporting the Tigers taught me that it's important to be patient when it comes to winning!   

Thursday, April 25, 2019

April Balmain Tigers Book Writing Update

I'm now more than halfway through the first drafts of my two Balmain Tigers books. I'm moving slower than I would like, but this is my first time drafting two books simultaneously. The most important goal is completing each book and I certainly expect to get there.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Another Balmain Tigers Writing Prompt

Steve Roach Balmain Tiger
Last night I watched the intense 1983 qualifying finals game featuring Balmain Tigers and St. George Dragons. Today, I was having lunch at Steersons on Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Sydney, and to my amazement Steve Roach walked in and a few minutes later so did Graeme Wynn. They were there as part of a rugby league function. I had made a last minute decision to have my Friday lunch at Steersons, and what are the chances! I was wearing my New South Wales Blues State of Origin polo shirt so people at the rugby league table thought I was part of their function, but I was just having lunch at my favourite restaurant. It is clear to me the universe is encouraging me to write my Balmain Tigers books!

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March Balmain Tigers Book Writing Update

I'm now about halfway through the first draft of each of my two Balmain Tigers books. It's pleasing to be making progress and I appreciate very much the well wishes I have received. I'll try and pick up the pace a bit, and I find I'm more productive during the cooler months of the year.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

John Hook Reply Tweets

It was great to receive reply tweets from Fox 10 Phoenix, Arizona anchor/reporter and author John Hook. Social media really does make the world a closer place and it's never been easier to connect with people. Hook's work exploring the murder of actor Bob Crane was excellent and notably respectful. Please refer to this link to purchase a copy of his book Who Killed Bob Crane? The Final Close-Up