Sunday, 16 August 2009

Daniel Fitzhenry - rugby league legend ... and some more cricketing Fitzhenrys!

It's not often when you're doing the Sunday ironing with the sports channel on the radio, that the name "Fitzhenry" breaks through your half-time* lapse of concentration.
Daniel Fitzhenry had just scored the winning try for the English rugby league team Hull Kingston Rovers.

This prompted me to open up the laptop and do the first of several pieces that will be posted over the next few days. We don't often do posts about the living members of our family, but everything that is here is on the web (so no secret).

This first bit is from Wikipedia
Daniel Thomas Fitzhenry born 8 December 1979 in Macksville, New South Wales, Australia.
Macksville is a small town of about 2600 and (again according to Wikipedia) has a noted rugby league team, the Macksville Sea Eagles. However Daniel started his rugby career at Dorrigo & Nambucca Heads. He made his pro debut for Wests Tigers in 2002 and played for them until 2007 after which he moved to Hull. Apart from the various rugby league stats pages, there's not much else on the web about Daniel. He hasn't even updated his myspace page since 2007!

Googling Macksville and Fitzhenry, I found Adam Fitzhenry playing cricket for Nambucca-Bellingen. Another cricketing Fitzhenry! And completing the whole rugby league - cricket crossover thing, we have Andrew Fitzhenry, the former Parramatta rugby league half back described as "an accomplished keeper/batsman" by the Australian Times On-line.

* it was half-time between Tottenham Hotspurs and Liverpool. Regular readers know of my allegiance to Spurs, as my family have been supporters since the early 1900s when two of my great -great uncles allegedly had trials for the club.... something that the club has no record of at all.
And in the time it's taken me to write this entry Spurs have won 2-1. Hurrah.

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