Giants new NRL pin-ups
By STEVE SPINKS
FIRST there was Tina Turner, then there was Thomas Keneally and now there is the Mullumbimby Giants.
What do they all have in common?
They have all been the focus of a National Rugby League advertising campaign.
The Giants will feature in the NRL's campaign next year with a continuation of the 'That's my Team' theme.
An NRL film crew attended the grand final in September and filmed some emotional scenes as the Giants won their first Group One premiership.
The crew was in town for three days filming scenery and interviewing locals.
"I didn't quite know what it was going to be used for," Mullumbimby coach David Latta said.
"I didn't realise it would be this big.
"They said they videotaped over 11 hours of footage over three days."
Group One president Robin Harley confirmed the ad has been completed.
"I was at the Country Rugby League conference the other day and I heard it had been done," he said.
"I was speaking to Brian Smith (Parramatta coach and former Casino boy) and he said he had seen it and that it looked great."
The NRL marketing manager is Paul Kind, who is another former Casino product, but the defining factor in using Mullumbimby in the ad was because of Parramatta's visit earlier in the year.
"I think it had more to do with the feedback the Eels gave the NRL," Harley said.
"They were extremely happy with what was available up there and the way they were accepted by the community."
The NRL flew Eels Jason Taylor, Nathan Hindmarsh and Daniel Wagon to the grand final to be part of the campaign, and they stayed on afterwards to party with the Giants.
Mullumbimby fullback Murray Brown said most of the filming was pretty funny, especially at the last training session.
But he said that he hadn't talked much about it with the rest of the team.
"We've had 15 reunions so far," he laughed.
"So maybe I'll bring it up on the 16th."
Giants captain and five-eighth Scott Hogan mooted the possibility of a few players taking up television careers.
"Glen Godbee (centre) could be suited to it ... he's a bit of a pretty boy," Hogan joked.
"Jamie Coote (centre), well, he reckons he's a good looking bloke ... a bit of a male model.
"And probably Sean Doherty (hooker) and Anthony Penticost (second-rower) ... they're always geeing each other up at training."