The Stalker Series: Revisited



  • I think it was Willie the Waiter that had an on going series of encounters with more famous sporting types going back probably 10 years or so.
    Anyway having attended a function on Saturday night where a reasonably well known Queensland and Australian Rugby League representative was the guest speaker I thought I would reinstate it.
    Refer attached photo... I'm the bloke on the left ... 🙂 [attachment=2005:IMG_4106-320x240.JPG]



  • Full credit to the guy too.
    Spoke really well, told some good stories, was funny and was happy to stand and take photos with random losers ... and me ... and look happy about it.



  • You look like you're about to punch him - fully deserved for him not mentioning Olsen Filipaina in his book.



  • "Wally and the broncos" i think it was he mentioned Olsen
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  • Wally Lewis looks remarkably identical to how he did when he was playing, ie he looked like ya mates Dad in his late 20s, 30 or so years later he's grown into his age just like Scots Rugby legends John Jeffrey and Finlay Calder and trundling English forwards Jeff Probyn and Paul Rendall.



  • Dammit! Wish I checked the fern last night.  I was seated with Cristian Cullen, Kit Fawcett and Hoani Matenga last night at my father in laws wedding.



  • My old man plays Tennis with two former ABs every week. I had no idea who one of them was at the time to be fair.



  • I played tennis with Dan Carter once.
     
    Nah I didn't that is a lie. I am just trying to fit in with the thread.



  • I saw Mike Brewer today searching through the bargain table at an outlet store at Dress Smart Onehunga.



  • and no photo to show?? For shame!



  • I worked in a butchery department when I was younger, and used to serve Jamie Joseph. He would make special orders for the largest Pork Belly I could find - I'd call our suppliers and get them to do a special delivery. Good times.



  • Most boring thread ever. Colour me unimpressed



  • You're prolly too young to get the "gag" of the WTW stalker series



  • Most boring thread ever. Colour me unimpressed

    I also have a picture of myself next to Willie Apiata, in case you were interested.





  • and no photo to show?? For shame!

    I was fighting him for the best $20 polo shirt.



  • You would have smashed him too!!



  • Wally Lewis looks remarkably identical to how he did when he was playing, ie he looked like ya mates Dad in his late 20s, 30 or so years later he's grown into his age just like Scots Rugby legends John Jeffrey and Finlay Calder and trundling English forwards Jeff Probyn and Paul Rendall.
    I'm impressed that I've got more hair ...



  • I saw Mike Brewer today searching through the bargain table at an outlet store at Dress Smart Onehunga.

    Most ABs tend to speak favourably about their ex teammates or not speak of them at all. Not Norm Hewitt though, his description of him as a "Grade A Prick" in his book made me chortle. Josh Kronfeld mentioned that he was hurt Brewer told him to "shut the fuck up" during a team talk in his book too.
     
    No wonder you didn't talk to him Smudge.....



  • Most ABs tend to speak favourably about their ex teammates or not speak of them at all. Not Norm Hewitt though, his description of him as a "Grade A Prick" in his book made me chortle. Josh Kronfeld mentioned that he was hurt Brewer told him to "shut the fuck up" during a team talk in his book too.
     
    No wonder you didn't talk to him Smudge.....

    I'm not the type of bloke to wander up to former footy players and say "hey, you're [nsert name from the 70s, 80s, or 90s]'' but even as I considered the remote possibility of doing so, his reputation as a fluffybunny among men did cross my mind and ensured that remote possibility disappeared pretty quickly.



  • I'm not the type of bloke to wander up to former footy players and say "hey, you're [nsert name from the 70s, 80s, or 90s]'' but even as I considered the remote possibility of doing so, his reputation as a fluffybunny among men did cross my mind and ensured that remote possibility disappeared pretty quickly.

    A mate of mine was in the Koru lounge at 7 in the morning some years ago and tells me how he saw and overheard one bloke accost Murray Mexted to talk at great length about the new laws and every single thing that was wrong with todays game. Kinda like a talkback caller you can't hang up on. Murrays pained expression was apparently quite priceless and the flight being delayed only made the process longer.....cos I'm sure there's nothing on earth that Muzza would rather do at 7 in the morning......
     
    I've met the AB that my old man plays tennis with multiple times and I do have to resist asking about a million dumb questions he's probably heard since well before I was born.



  • I see Bruce Robertson quite alot, only rugby we talk about is my sons and a bit of Northland club footy.



  • I see Bruce Robertson quite alot, only rugby we talk about is my sons and a bit of Northland club footy.

    I think given the amount of big islanders playing nowadays it's hard to look at guys like that from yesteryear and see them thriving in todays game so helps the anonymity to younger fans. Ben Smith and Beauden Barrett still fly the flag for the skinny white guys though.....



  • Walking up the street one day in Petone and see Rodney So'oialo digging up a yard. Only problem being he's the spitting image of my mate Tagi. So of course I start shouting "Tagi" at him. Oddly he just mad dogs at the guy shouting an odd name at an All Black. I realise my mistake, say sorry and continue walking.



  • Fuck I was at a thing at tattersalls in Brisbane a couple of weeks back and heard Brad Thorn speaking, and had a bit of a chat after,(doesn't sound the sharpest knife in the drawer I thought) shit if I'd known this thread was going to start.......
    And a couple of times I've seen Alfie Langer pissing abg garening etc by his restaurant up Caloundra way, but I don't really like league so no good getting pic with him!



  • Walking up the street one day in Petone and see Rodney So'oialo digging up a yard. Only problem being he's the spitting image of my mate Tagi. So of course I start shouting "Tagi" at him. Oddly he just mad dogs at the guy shouting an odd name at an All Black. I realise my mistake, say sorry and continue walking.

    I'd imagine Rodders would be far too humble to bust out a "Don't you know who I am?" type line too......



  • I'd imagine Rodders would be far too humble to bust squeak out a "Don't you know who I am?" type line too......

    fixed



  • fixed

    Yes I do recall being a bit shocked the first time I heard him interviewed.....not Mike Tyson shocked, but still shocked.



  • I may have relayed this story on The Fern before (possibly via a former username before The Purge)…
     
    I was working in Martin Place of Sydney and was sitting in the Pitt St food court enjoying some lunch with the then missus.
     
    A big, brown bloke walked passed and I knew him from somewhere but couldn’t quite put my finger on it (it was George Pisi).
     
    I finished my lunch and was walking back to the office when I froze in my tracks as I walked passed a table. Sitting there were Keven Mealamu, Joe Rokocoko, Isaiah Toeava and George Pisi. I was a bit of a fanboy at the time and the missus knew it (the hyperventilating may have given it away) so she suggested I go to the nearby newsagency and buy some stuff to get their autographs.
     
    I purchased the stationery, sheepishly approached the table and asked for a photo. They kindly obliged but I should mention that Pitt St mall food court gets very busy, especially around lunch time. As we stood for the photo quite a few heads turned. As we were posing I could hear some mumbling:
     
    “…everyone is staring at us, everyone is staring at us, everyone is staring at us…”
     
    I turn to my right to see Joe Rokocoko wiggin the fark out! And I thought I was nervous…
     
    We return to the table and I asked for their autographs. The younger Polynesian guys were still a bit rattled from the whole thing so Keven took charge of the situation. He asked me where I work, did I enjoy it, which team I supported, was I coming to the game etc…I’ve always had a lot of respect for him since then and it does not surprise me at all that he was a bit of a figurehead for the younger guys in the team.
     
    I dug through an old email account and found the photo but wouldn’t have a clue how to load it up.
     
     
    Another time a mate told me how he and a few mates bumped into Sione Lauaki and another player late one night in France.
     
    “Hey Sione, how ‘bout an arm wrestle?”
     
    “Not with those water pistols, bro”
     
    And he kept walking.



  • Another time a mate told me how he and a few mates bumped into Sione Lauaki and another player late one night in France.
     
    “Hey Sione, how ‘bout an arm wrestle?”
     
    “Not with those water pistols, bro”
     
    And he kept walking.

    I'm working today in a small office offsite with my boss and I'm trying to contain my laughter! That made me snort!



  • Buxton Popoali'i was on my flight from Wellington to Dunedin this morning. Yes, THE Buxton Popoali'i.


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