Eve Jeffery & Zac Thomas
The iSelect Gold Coast Titans meant business when they took to the field at Skilled Park on Sunday afternoon. They made absolute use of the home ground advantage and the Raiders didn’t see them for dust.
The Titans scored and converted two tries within the first ten minutes of the first half and things just rolled on from there.
A Raiders short kick saw a fumble just before half time and Jamal Idris ran from the Raiders’ try line to the Titans 30 metre mark with not a man in sight. He passed off to Albert Kelly who merely finished what Idris had started – a few seconds later the siren sounded and the Titans went to the break 30–0.
One final try in the second half left with a Titans’ 36–0 win, their first score on the board. The Raiders finished off a less than stellar week in less than stellar style.
The good news for the Raiders is: the only way is up.
The first of The Echo’s cadet journalists also made his way up to Skilled Park on the weekend. Zac Thomas will be one of the juniors who will give up reports during the season. Zac is 15 and plays for the Mullumbimby Giants JRL.
A Day in the Life of a Ball Boy
Titans v Raiders – Under 20s
It was a hot day when I took to the field with ball boys Kody and Zak for the Gold Coast Titans’ first home game of the season. The atmosphere was electric and as the players took to the field you could feel the crowd come alive.
To get a better understanding of what it is like to be a ball boy I shadowed these boys up and down the sidelines. There are eight ball boys in all. To be a ball boy you have to be aware of what is happening with the game and follow every movement on the field. You have to be fit and not muck around while the game is on. It is not easy!
At half time I was glad for the chance to sit and chat with the boys and have a drink. I asked Kody what it is like to be a ball boy. ‘It’s great!’ said Kody. ‘The atmosphere around the Titans players from the sideline when they are winning and the big hits and the speed of the game.’
Most of these ball boys play for junior clubs in the area and the ages range from 11 to 14.
Let me tell you those Titans players are big and play hard. All in all it was great to experience life on the field where all the action happens. One of the big advantages of being a ball boy is that you get to meet some of the NRL stars of the game when it has finished. Now that was great.
Zac Thomas – Cadet Reporter.
* If you play for one of the local junior rugby league teams and would like to try being a cadet reporter for the day, email [email protected]