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07. A MEETING WITH KEVIN TAMATI

Posted by... quigs eraofthebiff - on ... Saturday, May 05, 2012

YARN OF THE MONTH #07 ..... (original entry date) 17/08/2005

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Sibes of Hull
Year of Story 1996/7
Submitted 17/08/2005

A MEETING WITH KEVIN TAMATI

To add my very special memory of this fine man.

In 1996/97 I was playing for Hull Dockers ARLFC and found ourselves drawn away to Lancashire Lynx in the opening rounds of the Silk Cut Challenge Cup. Their coach at the time was Kevin Tamati. On the long drive over we kept ouselves occupied with a recording of Tamati/Dowling going for it!

As we pulled into the ground several players began to turn pale at the news that Des Drummond was turning out on the wing. Personally I couldn't wait to see how many of us he could still manage to knock out.

Anyway the main part of the story took place in the bar, post game. All the lads put me up to call Kevin over for a chat and sting him with a line.

He came over to a group of around 10 players where I (for a laugh) said "Kevin can you help us all out with a name? We were watching an old Aus/Nz video on the bus and can't remember what the guy who battered you up and down the tunnel was called!"

At that point K.T put down his drink, looked me straight in the eyes and began to lift me off the floor by my collar and tie. (buttons popping under the strain) "Why don't we act it out for your little friends right now and see if that helps them remember" his reply. After a few seconds that seemed to last a lifetime, his face changed from a chilling stone cold stare into a fantastic ear to ear grin. He then over a beer and a torn shirt told me on a one to one the full story of that fight. A story that included history between Dowling and Kevin over that full series.

A personal memory of an all time great I'll take to the grave.

We went in at half time 2 / 4 to the good (I banged over two penalties)Great as amatures to be beating pro's at any stage in the game. Went on to lose 26 / 4. Drummond didn't play but met him in the bar. I went on to sign for Hull KR that season and missed out on making the Challenge Cup Plate Final squad for Rovers against Hunslet due to playing in this game. (cup tied!)

Happy Days!!



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