FUN AND GAMES: Jay Cohen, 13, of Ballina, has a laugh with City player Jason King during the training session held at Kingsford
FUN AND GAMES: Jay Cohen, 13, of Ballina, has a laugh with City player Jason King during the training session held at Kingsford

Footy fever grips league fans

By STEVE SPINKS

IT WAS about 15 minutes into their flight to Ballina that the City rugby league players started to realise something might be wrong.

The City team, which was flying to Ballina to prepare for Friday night's City versus Country match in Lismore, was going the wrong way and heading back to Sydney.

Just as some started thinking the worst, the captain of the Qantas plane announced there were some instrument malfunctions and that they were returning to the city.

If you're a good flyer it's not exactly the best news. If you're a white-knuckle flyer it's positively terrifying.

But, according to City coach Graham Murray, most of the footballers weren't too worried.

"It was just one of those things," Murray smiled. "There's nothing you can do."

But were there any whiteknuckle flyers?

"Some of the younger guys looked concerned," Murray chuckled.

"Luke Lewis did look a bit worried."

As soon as they got back to Sydney they were put on another plane bound for Ballina. They finally arrived in town about one-and-a-half hours late.



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