Young fan enjoys a day at the footy
Ahead of South Sydney and Cronulla’s recent NRL game in Perth, the Men of League Foundation organised for a young rugby league fan and his family to attend the game.
Daniel Watson, of the Rockingham Coastal Sharks under 7s Blue, enjoyed his day out so much he wrote a story about it:
My NRL Weekend, by Daniel Watson
On Saturday the 6th of July I went to the South Sydney Rabbitohs open training session with my Mum and Dad. While we were waiting for the gates to open I played with my friends from the Sharks; Cohen, Vann, Cody and Dane. We got excited when the bus arrived, but it was the CRL team. Finally, the Bunnies arrived and we all got very excited. Michael Crocker was the first player I saw.
When we got inside we had a good seat to watch them train. The Bunnies started with warm ups, then they had a walking game of footy. John Sutton, Adam Reynolds and one of the trainers were kicking bombs to each other. Greg Inglis was kicking huge torpedo bombs that were going higher than the stadium roof! Michael Crocker was the first player to start signing autographs for people. He was the first to sign my jersey and I got my photo taken with him. I got all the team to sign my jersey but my favourite was Greg Inglis.
On Sunday, again I went with Mum and Dad. As we arrived I saw some more friends from the Sharks; Alex, Cohen, Vann, Campbell and Nikau. I wished Alex, Cohen, Vann and Nikau good luck in their half time game on the field. When we got in, the kick-off to the CRL vs WA match was just about ready. We saw Lumpy working as a ball boy and he waved to me. It was an exciting game to watch and WA were the winners.
I enjoyed watching the NIB blimp lapping around the field. The Bunnies and Warriors then came out to start their warm up. I cheered when the Bunnies came out to start the game. Andrew Everingham scored early in the game. Then there were a few big hits and the Warriors scored two tries and a field goal to lead 13-6 at half time. At half time we watched my friends from the Sharks 6s, Blue, White and Grey teams play against North Beach. I cheered loudly and so did the rest of the crowd.
In the second half, the Bunnies scored all the points and my favourite was Bryson Goodwin's two tries. I was really happy that the Bunnies won and I sang 'Glory Glory to South Sydney' and waved my Bunnies flag.
When we got home I watched the replay on TV and I saw myself and some other friends from the Sharks, Josh and Big Guy. It was a great weekend that I really enjoyed and I wanted to write this story and share it.
Thank you, Bunnies and Warriors, for coming to Perth. I hope we have our own WA team soon, so I can watch more games.
Recently Daniel and his family have been working together tackling a challenge of their own, and the Foundation also organised for Daniel to be the Heritage/Men of League mascot and lead the Sharks on to the field all wearing a commemorative playing strip.
It was a great opportunity to see Daniel and his family smile again and for all of us to enjoy a day watching the greatest game of all together.