Canberra's Daylan Goodsell will be a ballboy for the Blues in Origin II. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Belconnen United Sharks junior Daylan Goodsell doesn't lack confidence, likening his game to his favourite player, Parramatta and NSW Blues star Jarryd Hayne. And Goodsell will get to share the occasion with his heroes when he leads the Blues out at ANZ Stadium for State of Origin II on June 18. The 15-year-old was selected as a ballboy, along with two boys from Goulburn – Tommy Whittaker and Connor Murrell. Goodsell earned the privilege after impressing with his leadership at an NSW football academy at Narrabeen during the school holidays. While he's a bit nervous about falling over in front of so many people when he leads the Blues out, Goodsell is more confident the Blues can get the job done and end the Maroons' long run of series victories. The Canberra High student started out as a fullback before making the switch to five-eighth and he's hoping to to get selected for the Canberra Raiders' Harold Matthews Cup side in the under-16 competition next year. "There'll be thousands of people just staring at me and if I trip over when I'm running it'll be pretty embarrassing ... but being in the sheds if they win will just be crazy. Jarryd Hayne is one of my favourite players, I just like the way he plays. He plays just like me."
Patty Mills on film
When Canberra's Patty Mills suits up for the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the NBA finals series, he'll be representing his family, Australia and his "people". The indigenous basketballer is the subject of a new documentary titled For My People, which charts his journey from a skinny little kid in Canberra to stardom in the NBA. The project is the brainchild of another Canberra boy, Rush, a photographer and DJ who has been based in Melbourne for the past two years. "Patty brought me over to San Antonio to DJ his Australia Day party over there last year, and while I was over in America I could see a lot of people were confused about his identity and who he was,'' Rush said. "I said to Patty, 'this is pretty fascinating and we should look at doing a documentary'." Rush spent a week filming with Patty and his family in the Torres Strait Islands, where his father Benny is from, with additional filming in Melbourne, Canberra and San Antonio. All up, he has spent almost 10 months filming. "I'm putting the trailer out there to see if we get any interest from TV stations or a sponsor gets behind it,'' Rush said. "There's been a lot of interest in the last 48 hours, so we'll see where it leads.'' Visit formypeople.com.au for further details. Mills will again provide a spark off the bench for the Spurs when game two tips off in San Antonio on Monday at 11am, with a live blog on The Canberra Times website.
Jack Wighton at Raiders training on Wednesday. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Campo a target in UK?
Reports from the UK are that Raiders skipper Terry Campese is being targeted by English Super League clubs, in particular Hull FC. Campo has another year to run on the six-year deal he signed back in 2009. He admitted during the week that he'd been tempted before by lucrative offers from NRL rivals and Japanese rugby union, but couldn't face the prospect of leaving home. But Campese turns 30 this year and, after fighting back courageously from some serious injuries, he could potentially prolong his career in the UK. Campese isn't responding to the rumours at this stage, but watch this space.
Canberra's kids keep faith
Raiders fullback Anthony Milford flicks the ball to Shannon Boyd. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
In the wake of all the rejections from big-name players of late, it would be easy to assume the Raiders' recruitment is in ruins. There's no doubt it remains a battle to attract new external players to the club. But it's worth pointing out that Canberra, criticised for losing a lot of its big-name juniors in the past, has worked hard to address that area. Although fullback Anthony Milford and Matt Allwood will move on, the Raiders have re-signed the likes of Jack Wighton, Shaun Fensom, Paul Vaughan, Shannon Boyd and Edrick Lee since Ricky Stuart took over as coach. So while Canberra may not be the first-choice venue of all NRL players, at least the talented juniors don't all think the grass is greener elsewhere. NRL boss David Smith will be at Canberra's game on Monday night against the Broncos and Raiders officials are sure continue their campaign for salary cap concessions for juniors. It will be timely, given Milford will be playing against the club that poached him, the Broncos.
Second-tier cap a concern
Frustrated Raiders fans calling for wholesale changes to the NRL team, especially the promotion of young fullback and playmaker Jack Ahern, may need to cool their heels. The Raiders have been chewing through their second-tier salary cap and need to be selective about who gets a call-up from outside their top-25 players in the back half of the season. Props Shannon Boyd and Kyle O'Donnell, as well as centre Matt Allwood, have all had significant NRL time this season and their payments will come out of the second-tier cap.
Jones' wrist still rusty
Canberra golfer Brendan Jones has had his first hit since his second bout of wrist surgery a month ago –with mixed results. Jones had surgery on May 8, but took his comeback session easy with about 20 chip shots of about 60 metres. "It didn't go as well as I expected. My wrist feels good doing most things, but I'm still having issues at impact, although it feels like it is coming from a different place now. I expected it to feel better so I'm a little concerned about it ... I know it's only been three-and-a-half weeks since the last surgery but I guess I was was hoping for better," Jones said. Jones has been struggling with the wrist problem since September last year and initially had surgery in November.
Sponsors show Brave support
Canberra captain Terry Campese knows from first-hand experience why numerous NRL stars have rejected lucrative offers from the Raiders. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
It's hard to believe the Canberra Knights folded, such has been their resurrection as the CBR Brave. Not only is it proving competitive on the ice, but the team chucked together at the last minute by players is also attracting some financial backing. Anytime Fitness, Canberra Milk and Patriot Alliance have come on board in recent weeks, building on their existing partners – the ACT government, Coordinate, Allinsure and B.Firm. Formed only a few months ago after the demise of the Canberra Knights, the Brave is playing to packed crowds at the Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre and is in the top four of the Australian Ice Hockey League.
Tradies home to AFL Canberra
AFL Canberra could relocate to Woden Tradies when it gets kicked out of their Manuka Oval offices for the cricket World Cup early next year. With plans to integrate the historic oval with the Manuka precinct, it might not be back for a few years. AFL Canberra needs to find a new home to house its administration because the World Cup will take over Manuka in February. Since the Tradies sponsor AFL Canberra, the possible move would bring the organisations even closer together.
Brendan Jones still has concerns about his wrist.
AFL Canberra could relocate to Woden Tradies when they get kicked out of their Manuka Oval offices for the Cricket World Cup early next year. With plans to integrate the historic oval with the Manuka precinct, they might not be back for a few years. AFL Canberra needs to find a new home to house their administration because the World Cup will take over Manuka in February. Since the Tradies sponsor AFL Canberra, the possible move would bring the organisations even closer together.