7 May 2010

No farewell for the Christmas Ham

| johnboy
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The Brumbies have just announced that their stalwart Stirling Mortlock has been ruled out of Saturday night’s final home game of the season.

Apparently there will be George Smith and Stirling Mortlock masks at the game to farewell the two giants of Brumbieland, no doubt to adorn many refrigerators for years to come.

I can’t help thinking Stirling’s lingered too long in the playing ranks (hence this season’s nickname of “Christmas Ham”), and another three years banging around for the Melbourne Rebels seems a ludicrous proposition.

But the highlight reel of my mind’s eye runs!

All those times he ran into what looked like a brick wall of defence only to emerge on the other side, knees and elbows pumping, racing away for a try.

The team for this weekend is:

1. Ben Alexander
2. Stephen Moore
3. Salesi Ma’afu
4. Mitchell Chapman
5. Mark Chisholm
6. Rocky Elsom
7. George Smith
8. Stephen Hoiles (c)
9. Josh Valentine
10. Matt Toomua
11. Andrew Smith
12. Matt Giteau
13. Tyrone Smith
14. Pat McCabe
15. Adam Ashley-Cooper

16. Huia Edmonds
17. Jerry Yanuyanutawa
18. Ben Hand
19. Colby Faingaa
20. Patrick Phibbs
21. Brackin Karauria-Henry
22. Ed Stubbs

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for nostalgia reasons only, I understand that “Captain Bedsores” will be watching the game from his regular bed at Calvary hospital.

I also understand that the nurses at St Vincents Melbourne are getting ready a bed and personal suite for him, when the veteran joins the rebels next year.

Farewell Matlock – we love positive ageing.

For mine,
that is our best starting 15 this year.
We’ll see tomorrow.

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