Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Hoping Lady Luck Is with Roosters

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Hoping Lady Luck Is with Roosters

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SECTIONS of the media created enormous mischief from the fact Roosters skipper Braith Anasta wore jersey No.11 in the past two finals matches.

Twelve months ago Co in a team that collected the wooden spoon Co Anasta was the Roosters five-eighth and king-pin playmaker. Today he is settled at lock, is third fiddle to Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce, and playing brilliantly.

Despite not bothering to quote Anasta, the mischievous media had him supposedly so frustrated with his new role that he was heading to North Queensland. In reality, not only is he staying at Bondi, he is likely to sign a long-term contact and play out his career with the Roosters.

The number issue, according to coach Brian Smith, was simply an administrative mistake. The skipper is back in No.13 this week.

And believe me, those administrative clangers can happen, as I discovered at the Broncos in 2001.

Wayne Bennett had named a reshuffled Broncos back row of Gorden Tallis, Dane Carlaw and Brad Meyers and as it was my job to submit the official team list to the NRL, I suggested big Gordie might like to wear the No.13 jersey Co as a keepsake. He had worn No.11 throughout his career.

Tallis agreed, led the team out against the Northern Eagles in No.13 and subsequently suffered a neck injury that almost ended his career. Not surprisingly, he often reminds me of my benevolence.

Hopefully Anasta has better luck in the No.13 jersey tonight.

Well done Steve

STEVE Michaels will never play the rep matches Willie Mason has, and recent published stories have painted them as poles apart in other ways.

Michaels is a credit to himself, his parents and the game.

The manner in which he respected Broncos management Co who virtually sacked him mid year Co was so refreshing.

Rather than bag the club for not giving him a go, the young Titans centre thanked those responsible for allowing him an opportunity to play somewhere else.

No doubt disappointed that he could not find a niche at the Broncos, he remained gracious and humble.

Conversely Mason simply dumped all he could on the Cowboys, the club that gave him a start this year when no-one else would touch him. …

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