POLITICIANS, PLAYMATES, PRINCES, PADDLERS – Scot Palmer’s Punchlines finds an old Bulldog much in demand, catches up with footy’s glamour queen, and recalls a brush with royalty:
DASHING Dougie Hawkins seems to have put the state of Canberra politics on the back burner since the Bulldogs premiership win last year restored the pulling power of old Footscray boys. With the great E.J. Whitten and legendary Charlie Sutton no longer alive to represent the red, white and blue, Hawkins has become a key player on the sports night circuit. His Footy Show training in the 1990s and then a stint on Live and Kicking has served the classy Hall of Fame wingman well and he has attracted a sizeable following. “Yeah, the Bulldogs’ flag has given me a number of jobs throughout the state and I am appreciative,” Hawkins said while discussing an upcoming engagement in tandem with Mark “Jacko” Jackson. Although he’s generally a talkative character, Hawkins had little to say about his unsuccessful 2013 shot as a Senate candidate for the Palmer United Party.
FORMER Channel 7 footy caller Peter Landy, who has been away from the Victorian sporting scene for some years, is about to return to compete in his favourite sporting endeavour, rowing. The tall, handsome commentator has entered Australia’s oldest rowing regatta at Rutherglen on January 13-14 for what he says will be his final event. Landy, 73, will compete in the quad sculls and the fours, teaming up with his two brothers Mark, 70, and Tim, 67, for the first time. “It will be like a reunion for us and I am hoping to get back into shape before the races on Lake Moodemere,” Landy said. “It is regarded as one of the most popular regattas on the Rowing Victoria program having started when paddleboats used to work along the Murray River.” Landy called gold medals at the Olympic rowing in Munich and Barcelona and will be keeping a long-held engagement to broadcast the Head of the Yarra in November. Now living on the Sunshine Coast, at Doonan near Noosa, he has recently recovered from a kidney infection. With Colleen, his partner of almost 10 years, Landy enjoys gardening on their property. That’s a far cry from working hand-in-hand with the late Lou Richards calling the main footy games.
VERY few personalities are as well known in the world of sport as SCOT PALMER. He was a fine sportswriter on The Sun News-Pictorial and a news-breaking Sports Editor on the Sunday Press, Sunday Sun and Sunday Herald Sun. But he was best known for his famous column, Palmer’s Punchlines, which ran for a record 25 years or more (he’s lost count!).