Kennedy gave final his best shot

LISMORE-born man mountain Martin Kennedy did all that was humanly possible to lift the Sydney Roosters when he came on to the field from the bench in the NRL grand final on Sunday.

It was a supreme effort by the 21-year-old considering his grandfather had died the day before.

Martin’s father Brian spoke to The Northern Star yesterday about how proud he was of his son’s attitude and performance in the grand final.

“Obviously he had a lot of emotion running through him when he took to the field; we’re so proud of the effort he put forward,” Mr Kennedy said.

“It takes a lot of character to lose a loved one and come out and play your best the next day.

“Martin treated it the way he should, he stuck to his routine and gave it his best shot.

“He put in 110 per cent in but they were beaten by a better team on the day.

“Sport can be cruel sometimes but life goes on.”

The Roosters shouldn’t be too disappointed with their 2010 finals campaign.

No one expected them to make the grand final after having been wooden-spooners in 2009. They kept in the contest on Sunday for the entire 80 minutes and handled the defeat graciously.

Martin Kennedy was a standout all season and if the Roosters can keep the nucleus of the team together Brian Kennedy sees no reason why they can’t be there on grand final day for years to come.

“It’s definitely possible,” he said.

“We had a great weekend full of good memories.

“Fingers crossed, we’ll be there again next year.”



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