Sport

Mixed year for NRL pair

Martin Kennedy.
Martin Kennedy. David Nielsen

NORTHERN Rivers rugby league duo Mitchell Aubusson and Martin Kennedy had a year of mixed fortunes in the NRL and eventually became rehabilitation partners in the casualty ward.

They both played in the 2010 Sydney Roosters grand final team and most experts were predicting big things for the pair on the representative scene this season.

Aubusson, a former Ballina junior, made the 51-man Blues-in-waiting camp in January and was 18th man for Country in the City versus Country game in May.

Lismore-born Kennedy also made the Queensland emerging Origin squad.

He is eligible for the Maroons after playing his first representative football with Queensland as a 17-year-old.

Kennedy was earmarked as a State of Origin bolter after a stellar opening two months playing front row.

However, Aubusson (shoulder reconstruction) and Kennedy (ankle) became rehab partners after they both suffered season-ending injuries heading into their round 10 clash against the Cronulla Sharks.

"It's pretty ironic, we both got injured around the same time," Aubusson said.

"We spent plenty of time together and it was good to have someone like Martin there with me.

"It was the first serious injury I've ever had, so I didn't really know what to expect."

Aubusson admits the off-field drama with Todd Carney affected the team as it finished 11th on the ladder.

"It's not ideal and those sorts of distractions obviously affect the team," he said.

Aubusson believes it is unlikely his older brother James will return to the NRL.

James left the Roosters at the end of 2010 to work in real estate and take up a captain-coach position with the Goulburn Bulldogs.

"He is the happiest I've seen him (James) in years," Aubusson said.

"His team made it to the semi-finals and I don't think they were expected to go that well.

"He told me he has no interest in playing in the NRL again."

Mitchell Aubusson returns to pre-season training on November 7.

Topics:  martin kennedy nrl sydney roosters



Anzac Cup kicks off the new season for soccer

READY TO GO: Greg McMahon of Tursa and Richmond Rovers coach Todd Jones with the Anzac Cup men's premier trophy this week. The competition will kick off tonight.

THE Anzac Cup soccer competition is in it's 68th year

Senator urges residents to fight for more govt jobs

Northern Star Photographer Jay Cronan flys from Lismore to Lennox, then to head south along the coast in the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to take aerial photographs of the Northern Rivers. Richmond River, Ballina Bar Emigrant Creek Pacific High way Teven Interchange. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star

Richmond electorate can lobby for relocation of Commonwealth agency

Police block business for on-line drug supplier

Drugs that were to be sold online.

Man arrested after investigations into internet drug business

Local Partners

Orientation gets an A from Sydney students

AFTER just four days of living in Lismore, mates Flynn Colby and Ryan Jones are having the time of their young lives.


Anzac Cup kicks off the new season for soccer

READY TO GO: Greg McMahon of Tursa and Richmond Rovers coach Todd Jones with the Anzac Cup men's premier trophy this week. The competition will kick off tonight.

THE Anzac Cup soccer competition is in it's 68th year

Netball champion to have breakfast in Lismore

Liz Ellis will be in Lismore for a breakfast event.

Business owners are invited tobreakfast event with Liz Ellis

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

BINDI Irwin has paid tribute to her late dad, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, on what would have been his 55th birthday.

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Hodges proud to be part of first channel dedicated to NRL

Justin Hodges is gearing up for his new gig on Fox League.

Footy star hopes to provide a voice for players on new NRL channel

Selling Houses renovate for Salvos in 100th episode

Charlie Albone, Andrew Winter and Shaynna Blaze return for season 10 of Selling Houses Australia. Supplied by Foxtel.

Selling Houses launch 10th season in volatile property market

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!