His mission, and he did accept it, was to interview Ashley Harrison after his milestone 250th NRL game when he stepped off the field after last Saturday’s nail biter against Manly.
Unfortunately the gods of football had other ideas for this week’s Echonetdaily cadet sport journo, 10 year old Bill Harman, and in the 36th minute, Harrison was sent to the boards by Manly’s Richie Fa’aoso.
Fortunately the behind scenes crew at Skilled Park saved the day for Bill and a visit to the dressing room and a surprise return to Skilled Park by Harrison made the lad’s day.
Bill’s best day
We caught a train to Skilled Park to watch Manly play the Titans. Manly were expected to win easily. I intended to interview Ashley Harrison but he got knocked out in the first half, so I thought I wouldn’t get to interview him.
The Titans won the game and I went to the dressing room and met all the players; they thought Ashley had gone home because he had a really bad headache. As we were leaving he came into the dressing room and I got to meet him and speak with him.
I found out that this was his 250th game of NRL. He started playing when he was six and he was a back rower. The Broncos were his favourite team.
He played his first game of NRL against the Warriors in 2000 and his favourite moment in footy was winning the state of origin series.
Ashley says that Darren Lockyer is the best player he played against and Dave Taylor is the hardest to tackle. He also said that Alfie Langer and Brett Finch are the funniest guys he’s been with.
Ashley loves surfing and that’s why he loves playing for the Gold Coast. He wants to be a financial adviser when he finishes footy.
Ashley thinks it’s very important for kids to play sport so that they stay fit and healthy.
I had a fantastic time and it was unreal to be in the dressing room when the Titans won and sang their song at Ashley’s 250th game.
– Bill Harman
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