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League enigma Jamie Lyon has regrets

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  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

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    League enigma Jamie Lyon has regrets

    By Nick Walshaw | July 04, 2008
    http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/spor...5006066,00.html


    JAMIE Lyon was gone only a couple of days when St Helens officials decided to check his house. One final sweep, they said, before the new tenants moved in.

    And so the staffers shifted from room to room. Expecting to find a forgotten shoe, club tie, maybe some toy cars the two boys had left behind.

    "But mate," laughs fellow Saints import Jason Hooper, "they walked into one room and found his Man of Steel trophy.

    "No one could believe it was sitting there. Like an NRL player forgetting his Dally M.

    "Killer, though, wasn't fussed. But we posted it back to him anyway."

    Trying to unravel the Jamie Lyon mystery is akin to pimply schoolboys tangling with that first bra.

    Lyon is enigmatic. Problematic. Covered in more question marks than a Monopoly Chance deck.

    Because who forgets their Man of Steel trophy? Who asks to stand down from Origin? And who forgoes a $250,000 NRL contract to call bingo at the Wee Waa bowling club?


    Since his 2008 Origin snub was made public, Lyon has been cracked, criticised and crucified.

    Copping a bigger pizzling than even Clint Newton when he knocked back Miss Universe.

    But why?

    When did putting family first make you Judas? Or leaving Sydney for the bush make you a weirdo?

    Compare Lyon with a dreadlocked Andrew Symonds, who uses his Bacon Busters persona to flog Fords, Skins and Solo cans. As marketable, the latest Sweeney survey insists, as Cathy Freeman.

    "But I think Killer is happy with the question marks," says good mate Gareth Cleal, the son of Kangaroo cult figure Noel and best man at Lyon's February wedding.

    "So if you're trying to ex- plain him . . . yeah, it'll take some pages."

    To truly understand the human Sudoku that is Lyon, one must travel the 600km of bitumen to Wee Waa in west- ern NSW.

    Because if you can't imagine life out here among the dust, flies and endless cotton, you'll never understand those who do. Enjoying their two pubs, one servo and the famed artesian spring where, according to local whispers, more than half the town's 2000 residents have been conceived.

    "Jamie not playing Origin, it doesn't surprise us, no," Wee Waa cocky Don Cruikshank explains. "Take our 2004 premiership side, it had four boys who signed in Sydney but were home after only weeks.

    "Because blokes like Jamie, they never lose the smell of gum leaves."

    Which is no doubt why Lyon remains the only Super League signing to have arrived in England handcuffed - somehow convinced a crumpled, photocopied document was all Customs required for his visa.

    "Yeah, I can still remember that piece of paper emerging," Cleal Jr laughs. "I was standing there thinking 'Oh, they're not gonna like that, Killer'."

    They didn't. That's why eight hours of interrogation and the lock-up followed.

    Manly recruiter Noel Cleal reckons Wee Waa is also responsible for Lyon's tenacity.

    One that has "95 per cent of pig catchers scared of the bloody things . . . and Jamie among the rest".

    Lyon bought his Newport home sight unseen. And despite being a keen golfer, told Saints
     
  2. Zep

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    that is a top read and any doubters should read that... It has moved me so much that i won't mind if jamie lyon leaves the club to go back to wee waa
     
  3. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2017 Tipping Competitor 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He is a good kid really. I rate him as a bloke as well as a player, so I don't give a crap what ppl say about him
     
  4. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

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    As someone who grew up not far from that district I can relate to the article a lot. There is more to life!
     
  5. Fro

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    Bogan :)
     
  6. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

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    Bathurst people calling others Bogans!!! That will do me!!! ;)
     
  7. Nutzcraw

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    I would like to read the rest.

    Good read though so far...
     
  8. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

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    oops.

    Didn't see the link.
     
  9. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

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    Link isn't working.

    Refer to my first reply.
     
  10. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2017 Tipping Competitor 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/sport/nrl/story/0,26799,23965443-5012652,00.html

    It cuts off in the same place!
     
  11. eggson

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    glad i'm not the only one who thought the ending was strange....
     
  12. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    We is Refined here in Bafurst :)

    Better than westies from Parramatta at any rate ;)
     
  13. Utility Player

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    Read it this morning, rest of story said how he would only play in temps above 18C so Saint Helens moved 1 game to Spain. Also how he left his bag with (Challenge cup medal and jersy inside) for 3 days at a pub when they cellebrated the win. Had more about how he stood down from city country because his young fella burnt himself with the iron and how Matt Johns is probably right in saying Jamie is over rep footy.

    Also story emphasises how he has no regrets so thread tittle is a bit missleading.
     
  14. Canteen Worker

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    We is Refined here in Bafurst :)

    Better than westies from Parramatta at any rate ;)
    [/quote]It was never Parramatta but North Parramatta.

    I have moved though and therefore have come up in the world!!!
    Bogan!!! 8)
     
  15. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2017 Tipping Competitor 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    nothign wrong with being a bogan. I am an effing bogan now, granted a bogan who still wears a lot of designer clothing, sunglasses cologne etc, but still a bogan
     
  16. The Gronk

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    A metrosexual bogan - the worst of both worlds. 
     
  17. Dan

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    A metrosexual bogan - the worst of both worlds. 
    [/quote]

    Yup.

    Instead of Denim shorts, I got one of my Armani suits and cut off the slacks just below the knee, I made thongs out of the shoes too and a singlet out of the shirt. I use the tie to strap the fishing rods to the roof fo the car
     
  18. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    is that like a Mogan ?
     
  19. willstyles

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    Maybe a faux-gon.
     
  20. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    My comments left to the telecrap was along the same lines as your response above i.e. "Lyon bought his Newport home sight unseen. And despite being a keen golfer, told Saints..........and, where's the rest of the story????????"
     

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