Versatile Mitch keeps head down


FORMER Ballina player Mitch Aubusson has had a difficult first season in the National Rugby League.

Not only has his side, the Sydney Roosters, struggled and the head coach Chris Anderson resigned but Aubusson has had to play centre, lock, five-eighth, halfback and even hooker.

Talk about being thrown in the deep-end.

But Aubusson revealed to CNC that a deep and meaningful with former Roosters star utility Chris Flannery has eased the transitions.

"It takes a toll moving around," Aubusson said. "But Chris gave me some hints before he left the club and that has helped."

Versatility is a great gift but it can be to a player's detriment as well.

CNC hopes Mitch gets to stay in the centres for the remainder of the season where he said he's enjoying himself. If he continues to score last-minute match-winning tries, as against Newcastle last weekend, we're sure Brad Fittler will leave him there!

'Stache for cash MORE about the Ballina Seagulls moustache-growing cancer fundraiser a couple of weeks ago.

As mentioned in last week's column, one of those involved had his moustache shaved off after more than 37 years of cultivation.

It was none other than Seagulls president Bill Wilson.

According to Bill, it was a little weird to have it gone, but a few weeks down the track his mo is well on the way to recovery.

Lyn Aubusson paid $400 to get at Bill's relic.

Kicking with style IF EVER Ballina Seagulls hooker Andrew Battese wondered what his goalkicking style looked like, he got a perfect example last Sunday in the match against Grafton Ghosts.

With Ballina winning comfortably, Battese, who had already kicked seven goals from eight attempts, was given a break from the goalkicking duties.

His mate, second-rower Ed Killingbeck, stepped up to the kicking tee and did a perfect imitation of the Battese style.

Ed got the body angle right, as well as the raised arm & it was Battese to a tee (pardon the pun)!

Walker still thrills KYOGLE'S Shannon Walker continues to thrill despite the fact he's moved to the Tweed Seagulls Queensland Cup side.

Walker, by all reports, has been brilliant with the ball in his hands this season since joining the Gold Coast Titans feeder club.

But his brilliance and over-exuberance almost got him unstuck last weekend in a top-of-the-table clash with Redcliffe.

Tweed took the lead towards the end of the match through Walker after a sizzling run split the Dolphins' defence.

While crossing into the in-goal area full excitement, Walker slipped and went very close to stepping out of bounds.

Apparently, coach Troy McCarthy wasn't too impressed and was heard saying he was going to have a little 'talk' to the former Kyogle star.

Common ground? IT'S about time those in charge of the Grafton Ghosts and the Grafton Rebels found some common ground and joined to form one club.

Last weekend saw the Rebels forfeit all grades to Mullumbimby and the Ghosts forfeit reserve grade to Ballina.

No-one likes to see clubs struggling for numbers, but hey fellas there comes a time when enough is enough.

The sheer unreliability of the Grafton clubs is hurting the competition.

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