The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

TOMMY’S MAD MOB!

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1 Lord Ted Goodwin 2 Adam MacDougall 3 Terry Hill

4 Ronnie “Rambo’’ Gibbs 5 Wendell Sailor

6 Cliffy Lyons

7 Tommy Raudonikis © 8 Spudd Carroll

9 Noel Kelly

10 Dallas Donnelly 11 Terry Regan

12 Arthur Beetson 13 Johnny Raper

Bench

14 Alfie Langer

15 Darrell Bampton 16 Blocker Roach

17 Fatty Vautin

Coach: Jack Gibson Referee: Greg Hartley Bunker: Barry Gomersall

THE passing of the great Tommy Raudonikis brought memories rushing back of the greatest larrikins in rugby league history. The maddest of the madmen. If you were picking a team Tommy would be captain-coach of the craziest characters.

Sadly no modern-day player gets anywhere near making the team in this era of social media, mobile phone cameras and political correctnes­s.

An era in which Cronulla Sharks forward Toby Rudolf recently got an official warning for a lightheart­ed comment on the Matty Johns Show.

Tommy and his mad mates would be getting weekly warnings if the same rules applied back in his day when colourful characters were such a huge part of rugby league.

Noel Kelly getting sent off 17 times for Western Suburbs. Cliffy Lyons loving a bunger and smoking in the sheds at halftime.

Mad Dog Adam Macdougall talking to his thighs before running out or Alfie playing one of his practical jokes, no matter the seriousnes­s of the situation.

Johny Raper being out to all hours on a Friday night but still turning up next day to win man-ofthe-match at the SCG.

Ah, they were the days. Tommy’s nearest and dearest gathered in the backyard of old mate Col Murphy’s Newtown home yesterday for a wake. “That was Tommy’s favourite bar – Col’s backyard,” John Singleton said, “He loved it.

“He’d have been shocked if he’d known how huge the reaction has been.” JAKE Friend wasn’t at the Roosters game against Cronulla on Saturday night and is taking some personal time out.

He is such a proud and passionate clubman and is struggling after an emotional four weeks of weighing up medical advice and his career options.

There were plenty of tears as he broke the retirement news to teammates. Friend has spent half his life at the Roosters after joining the club as a 15-year-old. ANTHONY Seibold has revealed it was Phil Gould who helped him through his darkest days after his sacking and social media drama at the Brisbane Broncos last year.

Seibold spoke on journalist Barry Toohey’s excellent podcast last week about Gould’s phone calls encouragin­g him at the time.

“Phil Gould said something that really resonated with me when I was feeling pretty down,” Seibold said, “And that was don’t hide behind the curtains.

“I probably wanted to hide but then I thought I’ve still got something to offer.

“So when Phil Gardner offered me a job as a consultant at the Knights I jumped at it. I love the game and I love coaching.”

 ??  ?? Wendell Sailor
Cliffy Lyons
Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin
Allan ‘Alfie’ Langer
Wendell Sailor Cliffy Lyons Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin Allan ‘Alfie’ Langer

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