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Mark Bartholomeusz – Emirates Western Force

Mark Bartholomeusz proved to be a valuable asset to the Western Force throughout 2010. He has played over 170 first class matches and has international experience that includes the Saracens (an English Premiership team) and a season with Petrarca Padova for the Italian Super 10 Championship.

He has played with the Wallabies and experienced the ultimate in Super rugby as a player with the Brumbies.

He is expected to be an important part of the Western Force set up heading into the 2011 competition.

His Fast Four

What is the first book you remember reading?

The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton

Is there a book you think everyone should read and why?

The Famous Five because it is great for children’s imagination.

Has there been a character you really liked and why?

The Big Friendly Giant from The BFG – Roald Dahl.

Where is your favourite place to read?

My bedroom


Nathan Sharpe – Emirates Western Force

Nathan Sharpe is the captain of the Emirates Western Force, a role he has thrived in, during his time in this role he has become a figurehead and cornerstone of the Perth based team.

A world class player who was awarded to John Eales Medal in 2007, runner up in 2009 and a top 10 contender in 2010. He also took home the ‘2010 Members Most Valuable Player Award‘ and was only 6 points behind the winner of the ‘Player of the Year’.

 

His Fast Four

What is the first book you remember reading?

I seriously can’t remember!!!

Is there a book you think everyone should read and why?

When The Lion Feeds – Wilbur Smith

Has there been a character you really liked and why?

Sean Courtney from the same book. It would have been fantastic to experience life in those days.

Where is your favourite place to read?

I love reading around a pool.


David Pocock – Emirates Western Force

David Pocock is an inaugural Western Force player, and was named Vice Captain of the club in 2010 in recognition of his superb leadership skills on and off the field. 2010 was a great year for Pocock when he cemented his place as an elite player on both the Australian and world stages by taking home the 2010 John Eales Medal – awarded to the best performing Wallaby.

Pocock was born in Zimbabwe and spends time away from the field helping to bring a better quality of life to those less fortunate. He is Co-founder of the charity organisation 80/20 Vision, aiding communities in his birth country.

His Fast Four

What is the first book you remember reading?

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse (children’s book based on the Aesop fable)

Is there a book you think everyone should read and why?

Paulo Coehlo – The Alchemist. (and also his first book – The Pilgrimage). The way Coehlo incorporates what Jung* called “synchronicity” and other aspects of Jungian thought is brilliant. It’s like a lesson on Jungian theory in novel form. I read it in one night. I couldn’t put it down.

Has there been a character you really liked and why?

Peekay in Bryce Courtenay’s ‘The Power of One’. I remember loving him for the time he spent with Doc, the old German with a love of music and cacti, and also for Peekay’s relationship with Geel Piet who was his boxing trainer. Surely everyone wanted to be Peekay when they read the book?

Where is your favourite place to read?

Anywhere I can really. With all the travel we do it’s often in airports, on the plane or on buses. If I’m not travelling – its hard to beat reading lying on the grass in the garden.


*Jung was a prominent psychiatrist and influential thinker, a practicing clinician who explored things like philosophy, alchemy, astrology, sociology, literature and the arts as he developed his theories about the human psyche.

Richard Graham – Emirates Western Force

Richard Graham is the Head Coach for the Western Force. He made his coaching debut there in 2010. Prior to that he has been part of the coaching team for the Saracens and the Wallabies. He is a former Queensland, Australia A and Sevens representative, and is ready to forge his own path as a Head Coach.

His Fast Four

What is the first book you remember reading?

The Outsiders – SE Hinton

Is there a book you think everyone should read and why?

To Kill A Mocking Bird – Harper Lee

Has there been a character you really liked and why?

Anyone who fights adversity

Where is your favourite place to read?

In bed / on planes

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