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SPORTING TANTRUMS AND MIND GAMES




TENNIS TANTRUMS - Contributor Barry Foley (ex-Student and Old Boy)

Circa 1959 Circa 1959 the late great Rev. Fr. Colin Ogilvie & I were doubles partners in the tennis finals in 1959. We were both hot-tempered, quick to the boil and hardly suited to the gentlemanly game of tennis. We were the forerunners to John McEnroe and his ilk.

Col and I were approaching match point against Pud O'Donnellís brother & his partner, whose name I cannot remember, when Col missed the simplest of overhead shots. What had been threatening to explode into an all out brawl did. No not between opponents but partners. Eventually, with Col and I letting fly at each other, whilst our opponents stood dumbfounded at the opposing end, it had the desired effect, with Col and I going on to win the title, only to have it taken off us for unedifying behaviour by mentor and friend Br. Leo.

My dear friend Fr. Col, played it hard, but was always quick to forgive, and wanted to leave you in no doubt about his contrition. Until the next time, that was!! It was no surprise to me to hear of Colin's late call by his Lord to the priesthood, and indeed, a great source of joy to one Bro Leo. I read some years ago a five minute conversation with a priest in the 'Catholic Weekly'. Those of you that may have been fortunate enough to read same, would have gained a great insight into the kind of man Colin was - it was emotional for me to read the brief expose.

I was saddened to learn of Colin's passing a couple of years ago but the memories still live on.



MIND GAMES - Contributor Neil Kirby (ex-Student and Old Boy)

I can't think of any anecdotes from my school days that I haven't already had published in the newsletter except I do remember in 1957 or 1958 someone in Katoomba organised an open all-ages swimming carnival to be held at the old Catalina Park and was to be known as the Blue Mountains Swimming Championships. It was to be for school students and people who had already left school.

I decided to enter the 110 yards freestyle event. One of the entrants was a friend of mine from Katoomba High School, Benny Jensen. He was a better swimmer than me over that distance so I decided to use some psychology on him during the race and sprinted like crazy over the first 55 yards as Benny couldn't see me as I was in a lane to his left and he lifted his head to the right to breathe.

When Benny saw how far in front I was at the turn he panicked and in his efforts to catch up on the second lap he kept crashing into the lane ropes. I was desperately tired over the second lap but I managed to hang on and win.




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