Podcast with Dene Halatau

G’day guys,

Hope you’re all well. I did a podcast with Dene Halatau if your interested in hearing some old Tiger yarns to fill in your off season. Let me know if you want the link and ill post it up. Topics covered are below

TK

2:45 - Hello Halatau
3:15 - Early days in New Zealand
4:44 - Moving to Australia
5:35 - Shifting from house to house growing up
6:55 - Learning about his New Zealand heritage
7:55 - Gary Freeman and growing up as a Tigers fan
9:06 - Junior footy
9:51 - Wentworthville Magpies and Ringrose Park
10:39 - Moving to the Merrylands Rams
11:33 - Becoming a jack of all trades
13:15 - Westfield sports high and deceiding to have a real crack
13:45 - Making Parramatta Eels junior reps
17:53 - Being cut by Parra
20:05 - Moving to Balmain
23:11 - Work ethic
25:45 - Arrive Alive Cup
26:30 - School
26:55 - Debuting in Reserve Grade at 17
28:02 - Nerves and anxiety
30:48 - Being noticed by Tim Sheens
35:52 - His first grade debut
38:54 - Benji Marshall
42:01 - Developing into a premiership force
44:55 - Moving to lock for the finals series in 2005
48:04 - Pre game sleep overs with Benji and Robbie
51:10 - 2005 Grand Final
52:45 - Pat Richards and that try
54:15 - Becoming a life member of the Tigers
55:29 - Interest in mental health and developing post footy
1:02:55 - How he got the nickname ‘Toppa’
1:04:05 - His favourite try
1:05:10 - Funniest team mate
1:06:05 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party

@tristan-k_nell said in Podcast with Dene Halatau:

G’day guys,

Hope you’re all well. I did a podcast with Dene Halatau if your interested in hearing some old Tiger yarns to fill in your off season. Let me know if you want the link and ill post it up. Topics covered are below

TK

2:45 - Hello Halatau
3:15 - Early days in New Zealand
4:44 - Moving to Australia
5:35 - Shifting from house to house growing up
6:55 - Learning about his New Zealand heritage
7:55 - Gary Freeman and growing up as a Tigers fan
9:06 - Junior footy
9:51 - Wentworthville Magpies and Ringrose Park
10:39 - Moving to the Merrylands Rams
11:33 - Becoming a jack of all trades
13:15 - Westfield sports high and deceiding to have a real crack
13:45 - Making Parramatta Eels junior reps
17:53 - Being cut by Parra
20:05 - Moving to Balmain
23:11 - Work ethic
25:45 - Arrive Alive Cup
26:30 - School
26:55 - Debuting in Reserve Grade at 17
28:02 - Nerves and anxiety
30:48 - Being noticed by Tim Sheens
35:52 - His first grade debut
38:54 - Benji Marshall
42:01 - Developing into a premiership force
44:55 - Moving to lock for the finals series in 2005
48:04 - Pre game sleep overs with Benji and Robbie
51:10 - 2005 Grand Final
52:45 - Pat Richards and that try
54:15 - Becoming a life member of the Tigers
55:29 - Interest in mental health and developing post footy
1:02:55 - How he got the nickname ‘Toppa’
1:04:05 - His favourite try
1:05:10 - Funniest team mate
1:06:05 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party

A link would be nice, thanks.

Need the video footage cos Dene is 1 of the most handsome men to ever play the game.

I really enjoy your podcasts. Thanks for doing them.

@mike said in Podcast with Dene Halatau:

I really enjoy your podcasts. Thanks for doing them.

Thanks mate, I’ll try and get a few more Tigers lined up for year

Liam Fulton would be a good one.

Robbie Farah.
Simon Dwyer.
Taniela Tuiaki.
Geoff Daniela.
Bryce Gibbs.

@willow said in Podcast with Dene Halatau:

Liam Fulton would be a good one.

And Gibbs

Maybe do them together

I’ve just reached out to Gibbs, Fulton and Dwyer so i’ll see if the lads are keen

Paul Whatuira would be a goodie as well

Brett Hodgson also

@happy_tiger said in Podcast with Dene Halatau:

Paul Whatuira would be a goodie as well

Brett Hodgson also

Fatz has been on = https://www.talkingwithtk.com/single-post/Paul-Whatuira

I’ll look into Hodgo

@Demps said in Podcast with Dene Halatau:

Need the video footage cos Dene is 1 of the most handsome men to ever play the game.

Can only agree. And, a wonderful man.

@tristan-k_nell said in Podcast with Dene Halatau:

I’ve just reached out to Gibbs, Fulton and Dwyer so i’ll see if the lads are keen

Fults and Gibbs together would be a cracker, get them talking about their vending machine business and pranks etc.

Get Matterson on.

1:00 Signing with West’s Tigers
1:20 Debut
1:45 Wanting out and sulking like a true blouse until he got his wish
20:42 Signing with Parra
25:50 Spooning with Mitch Moses at sleepovers
51:24 Trying to get Stefano to break his WT contract by blubbering into his ear about how nasty WT is.

In all seriousness though, Skando would be a good interview: he saw plenty of the hard years before the ultimate success. Loved it when Johns interviewed him post-match after the GF and he was rabbiting on about all of Skando’s hardships and the legend said “well none of that matters now”. That was great.

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