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Met A Former Player Yesterday at Coolangatta

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by bob dylan, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    I was sitting at the airport yesterday and I noticed this guy eyeing me off as if he knew me.

    He approached me and said he reckons Manly were hard done by in last years GF. I was completely won over at this stage. Said he noticed my members cap.

    Introduced himself as Laurie Freier who played with us in 75-76. Said he played in the second row with Terry Randall. They done the hard stuff he joked. Just looking at him in 2014 I guess he must be around 65-70 and looked like he could play Sunday if Gifty is out, seriously fit.

    Any way I checked out his record 62 first grade games for Roosters and Manly between 1970-76. Coached Roosters in 83-84 winning coach of the year in 1983. Then coached Wests in 1988.

    It was a pleasure to have a quick chat.
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    • SeaEagleRock8

      SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      I think his son is/was a hooker for the waratahs?
    • bob dylan

      bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Yeah that's correct, interesting article about half way down this page.


      He is pictured here next to Frank Stanton

    • Go manly

      Go manly Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Great story and half your luck
      I know i have said it before,but i get to sit with Les Hannigan and his wife every now and watch on TV.

      No one knows who he is and it is just good sittin and listening to someone who played the game and loves the Mighty MWSE.

      Go manly-
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      • mozgrame

        mozgrame Well-Known Member

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        Nice one Bob :) Who says the members caps are crap?? If not for your hat, you would have never met him.
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        • The Who

          The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

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          Laurie Freier is best known as an Easts player.
          I used to love watching Les Hannigan play. I haven't forgotten him. He was lightening quick, and the Manly crowd would rise whenever he got the ball. They were the days when wingers were small, agile and didn't have to tackle or catch bombs. Nick and Fred Yackich (spelling?) preceded Les at Manly and were similar excitement machines. Ken Irvine was another who scored heaps of tries through sheer speed, and throughout his career his try tally probably exceeded his tackle count.
          Good days... before we adopted stats-mania from the USA.
        • Mals

          Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          @bob dylan

          Hey Bob, I take it you weren't wearing one of your 2011 Premiers polo shirts? ;)
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          • bob dylan

            bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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            Wonder who the other guy at the Tigers vs Titans who was wearing his Manly members cap last Sunday. Sitting close to the fence on the south western side.

            Who was the person in Timezone at Surfers Paradise Wednesday with their cap on?
          • BOZO

            BOZO Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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            Good one bob . Thanks for sharing
          • Ian Martin tragic

            Ian Martin tragic Well-Known Member

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            I remember Laurie Freier as a solid 2nd rower. Les Hanigan is for me more a memory of that crowd murmer of excitement more than anything else. Speaking of little quick wingers there to score tries rather than take bombs and run the ball back, time to honour the rocket rod jackson...
          • bones

            bones Bones Knows

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            His uncle, Tuck, lived in Sherwood Forest.
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