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    Tell us your brushes with sporting fame

    Apologies if this has been done before, but let's share some brushes with sporting fame.

    I'm prompted to start this thread because i was walking through Parramatta this morning and ran (almost literally) into the Socceroo squad who are in town to play Uruguay this weekend in a friendly.

    Another one I had was when I was at the SCG watching practice before hte Aus v World XI match in 2005 and Ricky Ponting nearly ran me over in his Prosche 4WD.

    The fact I'm typing this suggests he missed me.

    So, tell us your brushes with sporting fame.
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    Other than the obvious, I bumped into Matthew Hayden when I was in Sydney over New Year; he asked for directions. I was lost and was less helpful than usual.
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    Gary Belcher the ex Raiders, Queensland and Australia NRL player and current Broncos assistant coach was my Grade 5 school cricket assistant coach guy and i know his son

    also my uncle went to school with Micheal Kasporwicz
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    Back in the Summer of 1989/90 me and my best mate were out on the Gabba after play in a Test Match. Anyway, Tubby Taylor asked both of us if we'd like to field his 'throw downs'. So we did for about 30 minutes. Back then, Tubb was a marque batsman - having just come off his stellar 1989 Ashes Series.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pinchy81 View Post
    Gary Belcher the ex Raiders, Queensland and Australia NRL player and current Broncos assistant coach was my Grade 5 school cricket assistant coach guy and i know his son

    also my uncle went to school with Micheal Kasporwicz
    How depressing.

    I'm posting with a bloke whose uncle went to school with someone younger than me!!!

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    Interviewed Daniel Carter and Richie McCaw in April.

    Don't suppose that's much of a brush though, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Other than the obvious, I bumped into Matthew Hayden when I was in Sydney over New Year; he asked for directions. I was lost and was less helpful than usual.


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    Watched Jimmy Cowan (All Black Halfback) play cricket back before he was famous for his rugby. Sat beside him and talked to him for a bit, was a nice guy and has left a lasting impression on me, as I was only around 10 at the time.

    I have played on Carisbrook before, and also for the Otago Country Under 14 Rugby team. That's about as famous as I get.
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    almost ran into Lincoln Withers car a few weeks ago, was too busy checking out his very impressive wife...
    thats about all ive got tbh...

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    About six years ago I met swimmer Michael Klim, was a nice guy at the time, have spoken to one or two current and ex current pro cyclists, and a member of the 1948 Ashes team - Sam Loxton who lives my local area now. He gave some batting tips, but it didn't do much good.

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    almost ran into Lincoln Withers car a few weeks ago, was too busy checking out his very impressive wife...
    thats about all ive got tbh...
    Would loved to have known what your excuse was if you did hit his car

    Also I went to school with Parramatta half back Tim Smith, was in the same maths and PE class as well. Was mates with him back then, although I haven't seen him in since I left school at the end of 2002. Whether or not he would still recognise me if I ever saw him is another matter.
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    haha yeh, would have needed to come up with something pretty quick, i saw him yesterday too with David Howell, i swear those two are joined at the hip i see them together pretty much at least once a week. I know Withers lives just around the corner from me, im guessing Howell probably wouldnt be too far away either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Also I went to school with Parramatta half back Tim Smith, was in the same maths and PE class as well. Was mates with him back then, although I haven't seen him in since I left school at the end of 2002. Whether or not he would still recognise me if I ever saw him is another matter.
    I'm a Parra fan, so next time you see Tim, please do me a favour.

    Pleae tell him to NEVER, EVER kck across field inside his own 20 metre area again!!!!

    Back on topic and I can't believe I left this out at the start - I met Muhammad Ali at Rosehill Racecourse in the lead up to the Sydney Olympics. Had my photo taken with him but he kind of has this blank look on his face like he's not that happy to see me. Cant work it out.....

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    I had a piss next to Bob Willis in the loos at The Oval in 1998, told him I'd always admired his length.*

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    I had a piss next to Bob Willis in the loos at The Oval in 1998, told him I'd always admired his length.*


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