Six grand final losses ... no Bull
Steve Spinks email@example.com CASINO'S Terry Llewellyn has played in six losing grand finals.
But even if the Bulls go down to Lismore City today in the Coopers Far North Coast Rugby Union minor semi-final at Goodwin Park, Coolangatta, today the frontrower will be a winner.
But it's got nothing to do with rugby.
Yesterday, the veteran Casino prop was awaiting the birth of his third child with wife Julie. "It's (the baby) 10 days overdue and we're getting induced in the morning," Llewellyn told The Northern Star on Thursday night. "It was (the birth) going to be left until next week, but we got an earlier booking."
Llewellyn has been a mainstay in the Casino forward pack for more than a decade. He's played well in excess of 200 first grade games and he shudders to think the amount of scrums he's packed during that time.
"Oh hell, thousands with the backs we've had," the 34-year-old meatworker said. "But they (the scrums, not the backs) are not as bad as they used to be."
Today, the way Llewellyn and his frontrow cohorts of Joey Mohammed and Paul Batson cope with the Lismore City eight will go a long way to deciding the match.
"We've just got to put it together on the day," he said. "I think we've got the team to go through. But they (City) have come good at the right time of the year as well. It should be a pretty fierce battle."
The last grand final the Bulls contested was last season when they went down to Grafton.
"I've actually lost seven grand finals if you count an Under-19s grand final," Llewellyn said. "But I won one with the 19s as well. "I guess I'll just keep trying to get that first one for the club."
While Casino have named a well-balanced side, most are predicting a Lismore City victory. The Greens have finished the season strongly and possess a rugged eight with loose forwards Heath Conlan and Jamie Olivieri in good form.
"They're the two we have to stop," Llewellyn said of the City flankers. "They get to the breakdown pretty quickly so to counter that we have to get going forward."
It's a big day for City with four grades contesting matches.
In reserve grade, City takes on Grafton, while the Greens meet the Bulls again in the Under-19s.
In third grade, Lismore take on Mullumbimby, who are led by 62-year-old veteran Bruce Pegrum.