Firebrand Gold Coast Seagulls’ rugby league prop, Scott Freestone promised to keep his fists down in 1994, to repay the faith of coach, John Harvey.
Freestone was dropped to reserve grade the previous year, after five visits to the sin-bin, but won a place in the team for the 1994, round 1 clash with Penrith at Penrith.
Former Canberra Raider, Dave Woods was named as Freestone’s co-prop for the Penrith trip, with former Bronco, Ray Herring at hooker.
Noted fitness trainer, George Daldry had been invited by Harvey to put the Seagulls through special drills on the weekend before the start of the premiership.
Freestone, who was also a noted surf board rider, had no problems with his fitness, just his temper. He was the only newcomer from the side which had beaten North Sydney 26-16 in Gold Coast’s final trial. Utility forward, Eddie Fallins (broken finger) and centre, Adrian Brunker (ankle surgery) were not considered.
Harvey, who by his own admission, had spent a considerable time before the judiciary, said he was confident Freestone would not let him down.
Seagulls announced they had released several players, among them Brendan Norton, Jason Twist, Michael Jenkins and New Zealander, Paddy Tuimavave, who would go back to ‘local’ clubs.
Former Brisbane Easts’ second rower, Darren Winmill was ruled out of contention for a place in Parramatta’s squad for their round 1 match against Brisbane, after it was confirmed he had fractured his jaw in a trial against Easts Roosters. Winmill had starred in Parramatta’s shock 12-8 win over the Broncos at Brisbane’s ANZ Stadum in 1993, causing havoc in the rucks with his strong running.
On the Brisbane XXXX Cup club scene, Brothers were rocked by the news former Sydney Wests’ centre, Mick Deane almost severed four fingers on the right hand, while operating a metal press at an engineering plant.
Damian Cann, a younger brother of Broncos’ forward, Alan Cann, was chosen to make his first grade debut for Brisbane Easts. Heath Lewis, a younger brother of legendary Queensland skipper, Wally Lewis, was named Easts’ halfback, winning the number 7 jersey from experienced former Ipswich Jet, Gary Morrissy and Brothers’ signing, David Smith.
Grave digger, Darren Bell was chosen in Norths’ pack, after returning to football following a year in which he concentrated on triathlons and marathon running. He said he might have done better in tri-athlons, if he had had a better bike.
Photo 1: John Harvey
Photo 2: Mick Deane and his girlfriend, Jennifer Day.