Lifetime in league has special memories

TERRY Chapman is to Rockhampton Brothers rugby league what Laurie Nicholls was to Balmain.

Although a much more reserved character and not one for the limelight, Mr Chapman, like the singlet-wearing Tigers supporter, is one of the game's most notable barrackers.

Since 1950, after moving to Rockhampton with his family from Warwick, aged 10, Mr Chapman has missed only two local league grand finals ? both due to family commitments.

"We (Brothers) lost five grand finals one day to Norths in the '80s,'' Mr Chapman recalled.

"But we've won, all together, probably about 60% of the ones we've played in.''

Mr Chapman's interest in rugby league started early. "Every Sunday all the kids in the neighbourhood used to congregate at Pilbeam Park.

"We played footy for about two hours and then hopped on our pushbikes and rode to Browne Park to watch the footy.

"If we were too knocked up we'd catch the council bus.''

Mr Chapman played for Brothers before taking up coaching, mainly in juniors.

During his 16 years coaching he won nine premierships. Mr Chapman is a Brothers life member, an honour also bestowed upon his brother John and late father Bill.

Now he gets most of his enjoyment from watching four grandsons and a great-nephew play.

"It's good for kids to play some kind of sport.

"I get more enjoyment out of (being involved with) the kids because they appreciate things more for what is done for them.''

Mr Chapman is a keen Brisbane Broncos supporter and even before they lost at the weekend he doubted their credentials in 2005.

"I think St George and Parramatta are going better.'' Who would argue with a man who has seen as much football as Mr Chapman?

Obviously an astute judge. and a good bloke to boot.

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