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QMy col­league here at the Cairns Post Pasco Rogato told me I had to ask you about the time you were crash-tack­led by a guy while in the Joe Blake suit (right). What are your me­mories of that?

ATo look back now, it is kind of funny, but at the time it was pretty se­ri­ous as the Mon­ica Se­les stab­bing in­ci­dent had oc­curred not long prior. The ma­jor­ity of on­look­ers at the time ac­tu­ally thought it was part of a gag. It wasn’t un­til the “wres­tle” made its way from cen­tre court to the cheer­lead­ers’ seats that peo­ple stepped in to break it up. It was big news at the time, mak­ing plenty of the TV sports pro­grams and the front page of The Cairns Post. Fun­nily enough, in the back­ground of the pic­ture used on the front page was one of my cousins, John Nash hav­ing a good old laugh, think­ing it was all part of the show.

QI hear you are a big base­ball man, could you play a bit in your day?

AI did make more come­backs than Johnny Farn­ham over 20-plus years in play­ing lo­cally in the Cairns Base­ball League. I played in a cou­ple of rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams over the years and won a cou­ple of pre­mier­ships, but cer­tainly didn’t have the nat­u­ral tal­ent to play at any sort of elite level. To be hon­est, I ac­tu­ally en­joyed coach­ing base­ball more than play­ing the game.

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