Ready for the grand final are East Ballina supporters, from left, Eddy Killingbeck, Ben Crawford, Lyn Aubusson (the mother of Mitchell and James Aubusson) and Rob Mills. 

The boys are life-long friends of the Aubusson brothers. Martin Kennedy with parents Brian and Donna Kennedy.
Ready for the grand final are East Ballina supporters, from left, Eddy Killingbeck, Ben Crawford, Lyn Aubusson (the mother of Mitchell and James Aubusson) and Rob Mills. The boys are life-long friends of the Aubusson brothers. Martin Kennedy with parents Brian and Donna Kennedy.

Aubusson brothers fit for final

ROOSTERS Mitchell and James Aubusson are fit and ready to go ahead of tomorrow's NRL premiership grand final decider against the St George-Illawarra Dragons at ANZ stadium, according to their Ballina-based mother.

Lyn Aubusson said the former Ballina and Marist Brothers players, Mitchell and James, had been enjoying the week so far.

“It's a new experience for Mitch but James has been close by,” Mrs Aubusson said.

“James has been through all the emotion and excitement before in 2007 (when the Melbourne Storm made the grand final with James at 18th man).

“Right now they're both just soaking up the atmosphere at training and enjoying all the pre-grand final activities.”

Lyn, who owns Pipers Cafe in Ballina, left for Sydney yesterday afternoon where she will meet up with all three sons.

Nathan, who plays for the Ballina Seagulls and is the youngest of the Aubusson boys, has been staying with his older brothers since Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Aubussons team-mate, Lismore-born colossus Martin Kennedy, is set to star in his first grand final appearance with the Roosters, just two years into his NRL career.

Martin has strong family ties to the Northern Rivers with his parents Brian and Donna living at Evans Head.

Martin's brother Sam has just come off a very successful season playing first grade for Evans Head in the local competition.

When contacted by The Northern Star , Brian Kennedy revealed how pleased Roosters coach Brian Smith had been with his son on and off the field.

“I spoke to Smithy (Brian) after Friday night's game and he's over the moon with Martin,” Mr Kennedy said.

“Brian has big wraps on Martin's form this season and how level-headed he is for a young bloke.

“Most front-rowers don't really come into their own until later on down the track in their career so Martin's doing extremely well for himself.”

After moving from Lismore as a child, Kennedy played for Norths Ipswich before moving to Sydney to captain the Roosters SG Ball and Australian schoolboys teams in 2007.

Brian heads down to Sydney today where he will meet up with the rest of the Evans Head clan including his four sons who have been there since Thursday.



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