Tallis drops in to sur­prise Gran

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Ryan Mathe­son

TOWNSVILLE grand-mother Delia Mac­don­ald cel­e­brated her 90th birth­day in style yes­ter­day with a sur­prise visit from NRL great Gor­den Tallis.

The for­mer rugby league in­ter­na­tional flew in from Syd­ney early Sun­day to take part in a whirl­wind trip to per­son­ally wish his grand­mother a happy birth­day.

Tallis took some time out from com­men­tat­ing for the Fox Sports net­work to make the brief stopover in his home­town.

Mrs Mac­don­ald said the day was a dream come true.

‘‘ The last thing I heard Gor­den was down south so it is a won­der­ful sur­prise to have him here with us,’’ she said.

‘‘ It’s a dream come true to see ev­ery body to­gether again so I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter birth­day.’’

The 90-year-old cel­e­brated her spe­cial day with friends and ex­tended fam­ily which in­cludes 19 grand­chil­dren, 39 great-grand­chil­dren and 6 great-great-grand­chil­dren.

The cel­e­bra­tion was held at Cen­trals Rugby league Club, mark­ing along - stand­ing fam­ily af­fil­i­a­tion with the club. A grand­son and great grand­son of Mrs Mac­don­ald have joined Tallis as ju­nior mem­bers of the Townsville-based out­fit.

Tallis said the cel­e­bra­tion was more than just a birth- day party. ‘‘ We have al­ways grown up as a very tightknit fam­ily so we know the im­por­tance of cel­e­brat­ing these types of oc­ca­sions,’’ he said.

‘‘ I was only here a cou­ple of months ago to see how she was go­ing be­cause I knew it was go­ing to get busier once the footy sea­son kicked off again.

‘‘ I can’t stay too long be­cause I have to get back for Mon­day night footy but there are some things you just don’t miss and this is one of them. We’re all very happy to see she has had such a good in­nings but we’re still hop­ing she has a few more runs to come.’’

SPE­CIAL DAY: Delia with grand­son Gor­den Tallis

FAM­ILY: Delia Mac­don­ald cel­e­brated her 90th birth­day at the week­end with chil­dren Ju­dith Tallis and John, James, Al­lan and Jeanette Mac­don­ald

Pho­tos: ME­GAN TAY­LOR

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