Mison's on a mission
STEVE MISON is the type of selection headache any rugby union coach would like to have.
The former Wollongbar-Alstonville junior walked back into the club mid-season after a three-year playing stint on the Gold Coast.
The 22-year-old played rugby for the Breakers and then league for the Burleigh Bears before returning to Wollongbar to pursue work opportunities.
“There are a lot of strong players at the Gold Coast Breakers and I don't know whether I was really at my highest performance level,” Mison said.
“My fitness level wasn't what it should have been and it wasn't really taking off for me.
“Maybe I wasn't committed enough.
“But I'm not planning on giving up on rugby just yet.”
With a cut-throat semi-final looming against reigning premiers Lennox Head on Saturday, Mison is the sort of player Pioneers coach Barry Carpenter doesn't mind fitting in.
“We are coming back to strength at the right end of season,” Carpenter said.
“Ryan Hamilton is away at the moment and he'll be back after this one so there is a bit of congestion for positions.
“There's going to be some hard choices
“He's (Mison) the type of player who would be a big boost to any club and he's a good, young player who has been around the traps.”
Mison wasn't a walk-up starter for first grade at Wollongbar and had to work his way back via seconds.
And while he is perhaps better suited to the No 6 position, he's found himself filling in at No 8.
But the former Alstonville High student is just happy to be back.
“I can't wait for the game on the weekend,” he said.
“I've been buzzing since the first grade game with Josh Damen scoring a try in the corner and the crowd going off. It was a fantastic feeling and great to be a part of.
“I really want us to get in the grand final.”
In between the Pioneers and a shot at the preliminary final is Lennox Head at Casino.
“The way we played the game on the weekend we could knock any team off,” Mison said.
“Don't get me wrong, Lennox are a great side, and I know most of the players, but this is semi-final football.”