The art of battle according to Sid
WHEN Wendell Sailor, Preston Campbell, Johnathan Thurston and Scott Prince run on to the Skilled Park turf tonight, they will all be wearing a little bit of Bundaberg’s Sid Domic.
Domic, a former Brisbane Bronco turned artist, would love to take the first hit-up himself, but being able to design the Aboriginal All-Stars’ jersey was the next best thing.
“As a player I would have loved this opportunity, but it has taken the full effort of Preston to get it up and running now and I’m just glad to be a part of it,” Domic said.
The game is a sell-out, its popularity such that officials are already looking at moving it to a bigger venue next year, even before this year’s kickoff.
“I knew it would be a popular concept. I know the players have always been keen for it, but it’s just a little weird seeing people walk around with your artwork on them, or on a stubby cooler. It’s everywhere,” he laughed.
“It’s the ultimate form of practical reconciliation. People are coming from all over Australia to watch this game and it has captured everyone’s attention.”
Domic has spent the majority of his life playing high-level rugby league — for the Broncos and Panthers, before heading to England to play for Warrington, Wakefield and Hull.
The centre and backrower severed ties with England in 2008, returning to coach A-grade outfit Across The Waves.
This season he is coaching juniors, while aiding the seniors.
He also heads a sports development program at St Luke’s Anglican School.
For the past week, Domic has been in camp with the under-16 Queensland indigenous team as assistant coach.
The young talents will play the New South Wales Kooris in a curtain raiser to tonight’s main game.
“They are pretty excited. It’s going to be a packed house and they’ve already had a great week spending some time with the All Stars players,” Domic said.
“I love being involved with the juniors and am excited about what we have at St Luke’s this year.
“There are plenty of amazing athletes from all different sports. It’s awesome for Bundaberg and will be a big challenge for me.”