Vince Pheely at the Mater Hospital after suffering a series of mini-strokes.
Vince Pheely at the Mater Hospital after suffering a series of mini-strokes. CHRIS ISON CI

Sportscaster now recovering

VINCE Pheeley, Central Queensland’s voice of sport for more than 25 years, is recovering at his Rockhampton home after a series of mini-strokes.

“I’ve been in a few dry gullies in my time, but this is the worst,” the ABC radio veteran said.

Vince spent a week in hospital and has been ordered to rest, but the voice that kept listeners enthralled is in fine form.

“You’ve got to be philosophical about these things. I’m punching 70 after all,” he said before describing the punches that laid him low.

“I had three mini-strokes in a day. I ended up driving the car into the gutter. I couldn’t walk or talk.”

He said he wasn’t out of the woods and had been ordered to ignore the temptations of alcohol over Christmas.

“I’ve got an irregular heartbeat and it stops beating when I’m asleep. They gave me a sleep test and my heart stopped 15 times. It causes small clots and that’s a real concern,” he said.

Vince, who retired as host of the ABC Capricornia Sports Show at the start of 2008, said one frustration of being in intensive care at the Mater Hospital was not being able to attend the crucial meeting last week to decide the ownership of the Brothers Leagues Club.

“I was secretary/manager of the club for two years in the early 1980s and served as president of the club’s junior rugby league section for 10 years,” he said.

“I had no idea until I saw the story in The Morning Bulletin that the club was in such dire straits financially.

“I would certainly have voted in favour of the takeover because I know how much blood has been sweated over the years to keep the club going. So the name is changing; well sometimes change is necessary and I think everyone who has been associated with the club over the years will continue to think of it as the Brothers.

“These are exciting times, but the history remains and who knows what might happen in the future. It might get its old name back at some stage.”



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