Giants of the small screen
By Sports Editor, IAN MONAGHAN
DURING his working week, Chase Nelson nurtures plants and shrubs for the green-fingered folk of the Brunswick Valley.
However, keen Mullumbimby rugby league fans probably know him better as one of the heroes who brought home Group One premiership honours to the Giants in 2004.
This morning the 19-year-old Chase and grand final teammate, utility forward Max Binkley, board a plane for Sydney and the opening of an almost nationwide campaign to nurture the NRL in particular, and league in general.
Halfback Nelson and fellow Giants feature prominently in the television campaign for the launch of the 2005 National Rugby League season.
The TV promo is due to be launched tonight. Last year a film crew tracked the Giants (almost as fervently as Brunswick Valley supporters) during their triumphant 2004 campaign.
Home-grown Nelson, born and raised in Mullumbimby, has accepted the invitation to attend the gala NRL launch ? and his boss John Mills at Brunswick Wholesale Plants was only to happy to give the third-year apprentice nurseryman a day away from the greenery.
After all, he's got a new job nurturing a football code which is in need of plenty of TLC after another round of pre-season controversy ? this time courtesy of the misbehaving Newcastle Knights.