Sport

Sharks get added bite with father-and-son duo

HUGE HONOUR: South Kolan's Isaiah Gala has enjoyed the NDRL season playing with his father Thomas Johnson. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
HUGE HONOUR: South Kolan's Isaiah Gala has enjoyed the NDRL season playing with his father Thomas Johnson. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

BEFORE big games rugby league players look for sources of inspiration, for some it's an NRL star or someone from another sport, but South Kolan winger Isaiah Gala doesn't have to look outside his family for motivation.

And Sunday in the preliminary final of the Northern Districts Rugby league if Gala needs a push in the expected tough game against Gin Gin he will only have to cast his eye towards the bench.

Because lining up with him in the must-win game, like he has all season will be his father, Thomas Johnson, an experience which Gala will treasure for the rest of his life.

Rarely do father-son combinations play rugby league together and Gala said having his father wear the same jersey has lifted his game to a new level.

"From when I was young he really inspired me to play footy, and most people don't get to play with their dad," Gala said.

"I've played a lot better this year because we have a different kind of bond.

"It's really good because every time I score a try he always shakes my hand."

For the past 11 years Gala has watched Johnson play for South Kolan and his move from Waves Tigers after eight seasons has been the best of his life.

Gala said he knew the game against Gin Gin is going to tough but he was confident with a full-strength team he and his father would be playing in the biggest game of the year and adding the thrill will be knowing they did it together.

LANCE CHANCE: Michael Murphy of Gin Gin could be playing his last game of rugby league this weekend in the preliminary final against South Kolan. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail
LANCE CHANCE: Michael Murphy of Gin Gin could be playing his last game of rugby league this weekend in the preliminary final against South Kolan. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail Zach Hogg BUN130714RUG7

Lining up in the second row will be Michael Murphy, who if unsuccessful will be playing the final game of a 26-year run in the sport.

Murphy played in Wests 2013 premiership in the Bundaberg Rugby League and followed Tracey, Brent, Aaron and Benjamin Kuskey to Gin Gin.

From early in the preseason Murphy has been an excellent contributor to the team and he said even after over a quarter of a century being battered each weekend he didn't want it to end just yet.

"I've had a good run but I still want to win this week," Murphy said.

"It will feel a bit empty if I finish this week because I think we've got two games in us."

Murphy plans on playing a bit more golf after his league days are over but said if the Hawks have good line defence his time on the greens will start a bit later.

Key to Gin Gin's hopes will be captain Brent Kuskey's performance, if Kuskey is allowed any room on the field the big South Kolan defenders will have a hard time stopping him.

Topics:  agnes water bundaberg gin gin gin gin hawks ndrl northern district rugby league preliminary final south kolan sport



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Vape store 'raided by health department'

NEW SIGNS: Shane Kerrigan has changed his signage to comply with health department regulations at his e-cigarette shop, iVape, on Bourbong St.

Business owner says it's a little bit ironic

Bennett calls for reinstating of dental vouchers

An MP has called for dental vouchers to be brought back to help people in smaller communities.

MP says regional communities disadvantaged

Local Partners

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

OWNERS of icon Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld want to super-size the site with accommodation and entertainment to turn it into Australia’s Disneyland.

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000 calorie diet

Brian Shaw won his 4th World's Strongest Man title. Source: Twitter

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000-calorie diet

ABC2 slammed over football exhibition match coverage

Fans weren't too happy with ABC2's coverage of Wednesday night's game.

ABC2 slammed for coverage of soccer exhibition match

'Bulls--t!' Lisa Wilkinson grilled over Karl's pay packet

Join us for a Great Night as we Proudly present Lisa Wilkinson

“And you believe everything you read?”

Rebel Wilson trial: The secret we never could have known

Rebel Wilson outside court

“Most people wouldn’t know it exists,” she said.

Janet’s back in the ring

Marta Dusseldorp returns in season three of the TV series Janet King.

Season three of ABC's legal drama delves deeper than ever before.

Game of Thrones drops new trailer for season 7

Game of Thrones fans have been given a new trailer for season 7.

Fans are finally getting a full-throttled peak at season seven.

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!