Grandmother backs her Dragon
WHILE plenty on the Northern Rivers will be barracking for the Roosters due to their local connections, one proud grandmother will be sticking by the Dragons in tomorrow’s NRL decider.
Powerhouse back-rower Ben Creagh will have plenty of support coming his way from his 77-year-old grandmother Judy.
Mrs Creagh is a long-time resident of Lennox Head and is hoping the Dragons’ 31-year premiership drought will come to an end this weekend.
“It’s been a long wait for the club, it’s great for Ben and hopefully a grand final win will be another thing he can add to his lists of achievements as a rugby league player,” Mrs Creagh said.
When asked if she had spoken to Ben, Judy was adamant about him going through the week with a business-as-usual attitude.
“I try to leave him alone leading up to big games, he knows we’ll all be watching and supporting him on game day,” Mrs Creagh said.
Ben spent his holiday time as a child on the beaches and lakes of Lennox Head. He continued to visit the family cottage up until his Schoolies Week in 2003.
The towering forward runs one of the best attacking lines in the NRL competition. His freakish agility for someone his size can be traced back to his days on the basketball court.
“He played basketball all through his high school years at Edmund Rice College so he was a bit of a late bloomer as fair as footy goes,” Mrs Creagh said.
The basketball dynamics of his game have been used to full effect by coach Wayne Bennett.
Mrs Creagh spoke of how Ben has loved playing the past two seasons under such a legendary mentor.
“He’s very settled at the Dragons, this is his eighth season in a row at the club and he appears to be enjoying it now more than ever,” she said. “They love playing under Bennett, I think he gives them a real confidence in themselves.”
Judy won’t be travelling to Sydney for the game but she will make the trip to Wollongong when Ben ties the knot with partner Aislinn this December.
He’s very settled at the Dragons, this is his eighth season in a row at the club and he appears to be enjoying it now more than ever