Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Fardon Fits Bill for CQ; from Gridiron to Rugby for New Recruit

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Fardon Fits Bill for CQ; from Gridiron to Rugby for New Recruit

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

RUGBY UNION: A man returning to Australia after playing gridiron for the past four years might seem an odd choice for the new CQ development officer but Peter Fardon fits into his new position well.

Two weeks ago Fardon slipped into the role vacated by Daniel Hooper and brings to CQ an open mind and a comprehensive background in rugby union.

Already he is being kept busy, meeting local club officials and overviewing the Young Brahmans trials at Rugby Park. When the Morning Bulletin caught up with him yesterday he was in Biloela working with an under-12 representative squad.

While the four-year spell in the United States, where he played for Buffalo University, stands out on the Fardon curriculum vitae it is not where his sporting career started.

aI'm a Brisbane boy and played rugby when I was at Brisbane Grammar,a he said.

Fardon describes himself as a utility player, alternating between five-eighth and outside centre.

aI think I was more of a five-eighth than a centre,a he said.

Upon leaving school he joined the powerful Brisbane club GPS, where he played Colts football.

Eventually Fardon's journey took him back to GPS as the club's development officer but not until he had completed a season playing Australian rules football.

When the opportunity arose to go to Buffalo University and study Fardon accepted the challenge and enjoyed playing gridiron with the university team.

aIt was an amazing experience,a he said.

The university is close to the Canadian border and therefore the Australian had to get used to playing in different weather conditions.

aWe would play in snow and very cold weather,a he said. aThe hard part was keeping your hands warm.a

Also, with his sporting background, the team looked to Fardon for his kicking ability. …

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