A good watch ' this sporting life' , kind of about that sort of thing.This is what is so sad about Rugby League. It is the hardest, most physical sport on this planet, yet legends like this are still having to do gardening/handyman/dozers etc after retirement.
I genuinely hope the international game grows over the next 20 years as they are trying to do with the US etc so that we can get some real money into this sport and let these greats go off and enjoy their retirement and rest their battered bodies in luxury.
My father in law is English and when I talk to him about what a big deal Shaun Johnson or JT getting a mil a year or luring Tomkins over for "big money" he just laughs at me and says how the local no-name juniors in the Premier League wouldn't be far from getting that sort of coin...
At least they got paid while they played. Think of Buck Shelford who lost a testicle for SFA but pride and honour!This is what is so sad about Rugby League. It is the hardest, most physical sport on this planet, yet legends like this are still having to do gardening/handyman/dozers etc after retirement.
I will help you, Shane Dowsett, Gary Prohm, Nicky White, all Kiwis and then there was Stan Napa who went to Brisbane and fathered Dylan. Geez Auckland league was strong back then. The only difference between then and now was all this gym work bulking players up. YOU CANNOT BUILD HEART IN A GYM!!!When he played for Otahuhu the forwards included Hugh Mc Gahan, Owen Wright, Terry Whittle and a few others I can't remember. NRL standard at suburban Auckland grounds. Our best player.
Think you might mean Nicky Wright son of legendary coach Jack WrightI will help you, Shane Dowsett, Gary Prohm, Nicky White, all Kiwis and then there was Stan Napa who went to Brisbane and fathered Dylan. Geez Auckland league was strong back then. The only difference between then and now was all this gym work bulking players up. YOU CANNOT BUILD HEART IN A GYM!!!
Simon Mannering is the only current player who could hold a candle to Mark Graham.
I remember reading about this movie before it came out. Did anyone see it?
Kiwis legend Mark Graham hopes his son's movie will change lives
David Long17:30, May 28 2016
SIR PETER LEITCH
Mark Graham handing out a Kiwi jersey to Jason Taumalolo in 2014.
Kiwis legend Mark Graham hopes the movie his son, Luke, has made about the pitfalls that can befall a rugby league player will have a big impact.
Luke Graham is the producer of the movie Broke which will have its New Zealand premier in Auckland on Wednesday.
The film tells the story of how a fictional league player's life is devastated by a gambling addiction that not only affects him, but also his family.
The Problem Gambling Foundation has partnered with New Zealand Rugby League's foundation, League 4 Life for a special screening of the film and hope to raise awareness of the issue.
Graham, who played 28 games for the Kiwis, 145 for the North Sydney Bears and was coach of the Warriors between 1999 and 2000, hopes the movie will strike a chord.
"It's a really relevant movie, it's very real," Mark said from his home in Gladstone, Queensland.
"Some of it is in your face, but it's a topic that we see a fair bit of it these days.
"The story is made up, but it could be true in a lot of cases.
"Some young fellas who play football can gamble a lot of money, they think they can afford it, but they can fall into lots of traps.
"That's what's happened in the past to lots of young players.
"It was different from my time, because we didn't play for the money, we wanted to test ourselves."
Graham played professionally from 1981 to 1988 and he was named the NZRL's New Zealand's Player of the Century.
He was a player in the spotlight throughout his career but says the pressure on players these days far exceeds anything he experienced.
"They are so scrutinised," he said.
"It must be so difficult and also, that's all they do with their life, play footy. I reckon it must be overwhelming for them. I do feel for them, because they've got no other release.
"Obviously, if they're not going that good, or their team is losing, they're in a tough place."
Graham revealed his son's next movie will deal with suicide in rugby league. There have been too many examples of young New Zealand players moving to Australian clubs, struggling to deal with the pressure and taking their lives.
Suicide is also something that's affected Graham's family. In 2000, while Warriors coach, his son Matthew tragically took his own life at the age of 13.
"Our family has been touched by that ourselves, so it's a very relevant point," he said.
"I think the point of the movie is about what can happen if you make bad decisions.
"Ultimately you're responsible for them yourself, it would be nice to be able to blame someone for them, but at the end of the day it's your choices that put you in a bad place.
"You've got to stand up and take the penance for that I suppose."
Graham, 60, works for the Gladstone Ports Corporation, operating bulldozers than can push 70 tonnes of coal down a chute in a single shunt.
"I'm part of a crew that works around the clock," he said.
"I do shift work and I've hopefully got five years to go and then I'll retire to a life of golf and fishing."
He will come back to New Zealand this week for the premier, along with his son and Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney. Once he retires he hopes to visit New Zealand more often and spent more time with either rod or seven iron in his hands.
"I don't know whether I'll come back to live or not, but I'm certainly going to spend a bit of time in New Zealand in the future, doing all of those things I like to do, catch up with old mates," he said.
"When I'm back in town next week, I'll go to Otahuhu and have a chat with the footy players there. I'm still proud to have been brought up in Otahuhu."
ya know how you get really annoyed when these guys who can do this against anyone.....dont have any NZ players in support ? Watching Mark Graham I had that feeling more than any....it continued with our Stephen Kearney.. ..was appeased by Jones being there.....and then along came Ali who Mark Graham called the Michael Jordan of the sport....
I wouldn't like to pick one over the other Welly. I am a little biased having played against Mark Graham however on pure performance as a first grade player Mannering has a better record.Always hard to compare players in different eras but Mark Graham had a much better skillset. Both hard bastards...