Author Archives: Paul Cook

Reborn in the USA: Jed Gillespie on a year to remember (mostly!)

If Shute Shield supporters adopted the chants of adulation bestowed upon the rarity of a home grown player turning out for their local team, which is found in soccer’s tribal EPL, Eastwood and Greater Sydney Rams prop Jed Gillespie may well find himself running out to the strains of ‘He’s one of our own’ coming from the TG Millner faithful every other week.

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Play it again Sam: Eagles prop Needs, chasing further success

He can still remember the day. Heading to Coffs Harbour Stadium with his Dad because the touring British & Irish Lions, a side containing most of the Northern Hemisphere’s finest talent at that time – think Jason Leonard, Ronan O’Gara, Neil Jenkins, Ben Cohen and more – had come to town. But for a 10-year-old Sam Needs, it was the guys in the other jerseys that captured his imagination.

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Born winner Thorn enjoying life on the other side of the ropes

He kept me waiting. Unintentionally of course, Brad Thorn is classier than that. But as his talented young Queensland Country side made their way across TG Millner Field to enjoy the post-match celebrations in the sheds last Saturday afternoon, their fledgling head coach was busying himself by carrying the tape bin they had just filled, all the way around to the back of the main stand to save the home groundsman a job.

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