8 August, 2021
A wide, Rooster-shaped smile
“Just Kidding” Rob Kidd YOU can’t wipe the smile from my face. This time last week Mackay was a sea of colour as we waited with baited breath for our first NRL game in years to start.
YOU can’t wipe the smile from my face. This time last week Mackay was a sea of colour as we waited with baited breath for our first NRL game in years to start.
The much anticipated clash between heavy weights, my Sydney Roosters and Parramatta Eels happened so quickly, we didn’t have a chance to take a breath and absorb. It was over as quickly as it got announced. No sooner did the players fly in at 4pm, they were gone as quickly after 10pm on their private plane back to NRL Bubble Heaven. When the NRL said they were bringing a top grade game to our fair city we collectively gasped as to who that could be.
When Uncle Greg Williamson told us it was two of the most successful clubs in the history of the game, I nearly fell over. I knew then it wasn’t the Cowboys or Broncos, so I got my ticketing fingers at the ready. Online tickets sold out in a matter of minutes, people cried, and I jumped for joy as I had my tickets in my red, white and blue hands and no one was taking them from me.
Not even my COVID restricted Dad in Sydney could steal them from me. Last Thursday couldn’t come quick enough for the legion of rugby league supporters. Gatesopened at 5:30 to BB Print Stadium and I reckon my Levi’s were sitting in Row A at 5:32pm all in readiness for the bloodbath that was to come. Let’s just say the 28 to nil Roosters victory result wasn’t the game we were expecting but hey I’ll take it any day of the week. Sure we couldn’t shake our favourite players hands, or even get a close selfie with them due to COVID after the game but this didn’t stop me from stalking the heck out of all of them.
FYI. I may or may not have been the bloke who whilst wearing a COVID mask was easily led into the media press room to hear from the coaches and a very happy Jared Waerea-Hargreaves on his 250th NRL game victory. No I couldn't get a photo as my identity would have been blown but I was smiling behind the surgical grade cloth.
To the other 4925 other people in the stadium, thank you for being my friend. The Parramatta fans behind us went quiet quickly and then quickly turned their attention to the kid who ran onto the field. I won’t repeat the words they were chanting, but I will say even my 81 year old Dad would be shocked in a funny way.
Can’t wait for game two in Mackay! Come back Roosters. We all love you up here. I promise I won’t stalk you this time. Honest. Fingers crossed. Have fun, Rob