Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

MIKA'S MOVES MAKING WAVES; Enjoyment the Key for Popular Goodna Utility

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

MIKA'S MOVES MAKING WAVES; Enjoyment the Key for Popular Goodna Utility

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Byline: JAY BUCHAN

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Occupation: Storeman

Favourite players: Allan Langer and Jonah Lomu.

Best advice: Just be who you are.

Pre-match ritual: Some music and a bit of dancing in the change rooms. I say a prayer and I've got to get my boot laces right.

Favourite music: Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, R & B.

Favourite food: Island food, chop suey, taro, corned beef and chocolate.

Favourite TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Favourite movie: Friday.

JOSEPH Mika has spent much of this season playing FOGS Cup on Saturdays and Ipswich Rugby League A grade on Sundays.

Yet he still thinks he needs to be fitter to be at his best.

It gives an insight into the 27-year-old's character.

It explains why he leads the IRL's best and fairest standings, despite not having played the past two rounds, due to clashes with the FOGS Cup draw.

This weekend is the same with Mika lining up for the Ipswich Jets against Souths Logan tomorrow at Davies Park, while his Goodna Eagles teammates play Norths at Richardson Park.

Mika, who grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, has played in the Bartercard Cup, the country's premier league competition.

He rates it above FOGS Cup standard but below Queensland Cup.

He has been in Australia for three years and tried his luck with Sunnybank and Souths Logan before moving to Springfield two years ago and joining the Eagles and Jets.

C[pounds sterling]I think my form last year was a bit better,C[yen] Mika said, his unconvincing argument again demonstrating his high standards.

C[pounds sterling]This year I'm starting to get into it. My fitness is getting a bit better. I've got to work on my fitness and my D (defence).

C[pounds sterling]My running game has been the best part of my game.C[yen]

Mika has been used in the backrow and centres this season but his preference is the second row. …

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