Well this is my last post for 2015, so it’s written in the spirit of Christmas! Thank you to everyone who has read my stories over the last couple of months. Don’t forget, you can sign up to be notified when I kick off again in the New Year by entering your email in the box on the right hand side of this page. This week, Lunch with Liz caught up with two very different Brisbane Lions players; Mitch a leader by nature, ex-Melbourne, confident, clearly a larrikin, fiancé, proud father of one with another on the way. Harris, a Brisbane boy, more softly but clearly spoken, fresh out of attending his school formal, with the world at his feet (all 6 ‘6 of them). We all caught up at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, to lend a hand with their charity gift-wrapping. All proceeds go to the Wesley Medical Research Unit, funding childrens care. Have your presents wrapped, for a Gold Coin donation, from 10am till 8pm all this week at Indooroopilly. Here’s a read for those that love a little festive season inspiration, sport and good food. Join us at The Pig ‘N’ Whistle Dining Room, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.
WHERE WE WENT: The Pig ‘N’ Whistle Dining Room, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.
WHAT WE ATE: Green Papaya Chicken Salad, lemongrass, mint, viet basil, crispy rice noodle, peanuts, palm sugar, lime dressing $24. Prawn & Mango Salad, rice noodles, green papaya, kaffir lime, chilli, peanuts, cucumber, crispy eshallots, nam jim $25. Sirlon 300gr, potato gratin, green beans, rosted vine cherry tomatoes, peppercorn sauce $39. Wagyu Beef Burger, premium beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion, bbq sauce, beetroot, chips $21.
WHAT WE SIPPED: Cappuccinos
WHAT LIZ WORE: Elazonza
What are your plans for Christmas?
M: I’m going back to Melbourne to spend time with my two brothers, my fiancé’s family and our kids. Then we’ll be back in Brisbane for New Years Eve.
H: I’m going to take it easy, stay in Brisbane and see mum, dad and my brother and then we all catch up with the extended family.
What are you hoping for?
M: It’s a bit hard with me, because I like to know what I’m getting. So I organise my presents for myself! I’m getting sunglasses and a new coffee machine.
H: Just like Mitch actually, a new pair of sunglasses would be nice. I’ve never owned a pair. (Mitch “you’re kidding, have you chosen them?” Harris “no I haven’t chosen them”, Mitch “oh thank god, they’ll probably be alright then”).
Do either of you have partners? (Specifically asked for the ladies reading this).
M: Yes, I’m engaged to a girl from the middle of nowhere in WA.
H: Yes I have a girlfriend. We’re just on 8 months.
Did you pick AFL or did AFL pick you?
M: Footy kind of happened a bit randomly for me. I was working with my old man as a sparky, an electrician for a few months, and then …. well there’s a lot more to it, but I kind of got serious about AFL at 18 and got drafted the year after. So I was an over-age draftee and it all came really late for me. I was always playing footy, I just didn’t think about it seriously until I was older though.
H: I started playing footie at a young age, 5 years old. Dad was from Victoria so he encouraged it. I didn’t look at getting drafted or playing professionally until I was 17 years old and thankfully it’s all worked out and I’m loving where I am. (Mitch “he’s a gun, he’s a good young player”).
If you could pick one AFL player from any team to play alongside who would it be?
M: Mine would be Eddie Betts, he plays for Adelaide. I used to play with him at my last club, Carlton footie club and he’s an absolute gun and I really miss playing alongside him. So I’d love to have a game with him again.
H: For me it would be Nick Riewoldt, he plays for the Saints. He’s a really good player. We played against him last year and I just look up to him as a good leader on and off the field.
How much attention do you pay to what you eat during the season?
M: A fair bit for me. I just started studying nutrition, to get a better understanding of what goes in my body. I am big on skinfolds and all that kind of stuff. I have red meat twice a week, fish twice a week; I try and get a lot of protein in and carbohydrates the night before a game. I’m lucky, my Mrs does my cooking.
H: I’m trying to put on weight to improve myself, but I do take notice of what I put in my body. I’m a big position player so I have to eat healthy fats and build myself up.
New Years resolutions?
M: I’m having a baby girl in the new year, so mine is to be a good father to her and make sure she has a good up-bringing.
H: Mine’s to continue to build relationships with people outside of footie and inside the club as well.
Go the Lions. 2016!