ISIS DEVILS "JAKE THOMPSON"
THE experience of representing Queensland against New South Wales could be Jake Thompson’s best league-related memory of his life.
“After the team song, I just sat back and looked around,” he said.
“I couldn’t believe that this had happened.”
Thompson spoke to the Fraser Coast Chronicle 12 hours after he helped the Queensland Rangers to a 32–0 shutout of the Ron Massey Cup representative team at Coffs Harbour.
Sitting on the bus on the way back out of enemy territory, Thompson relived arguably the greatest 76 minutes of his career.
He was never supposed to be on the field that long.
Thompson was selected on the bench for the match and, before the game, said he would be happy with however much playing time, just as long as he helped Queensland to victory.
“We just got to the bench and the trainer told us to go for a jog,” he explained.
“We got to the other end and I didn’t see what happened on the field but a trainer came running and said I had to hurry up and get back so I could go on.”
Thompson is the first to admit he struggled during the latter stages of the game, with the pace “easily the quickest” he has played.
“That score doesn’t do them any justice at all,” he said.
“When you’re out there, you don’t really notice the score at all.
“We did a lot of defending during the game.
“They didn’t hit hard or get too physical but they got numbers in every tackle and worked over you.”
A night of celebration might have left Thompson with a sore head on Sunday and reality has started to sink in as he returned to work.
Nothing will dull his memory of wearing Queensland’s famous maroon strip.
“It definitely lived up to expectations,” he said proudly.
Jake Thompson, Qld Rangers player It definitely lived up to expectations (wearing maroon representative jumper)
RANGERS VICTORIOUS: Fraser Coast rugby league player Jake Thompson (tackling) was in the Queensland Rangers team which defeated the NSW Ron Massey Cup side at Geoff King Motors Oval, Coffs Harbour.