ISIS DEVILS "JAKE THOMPSON"

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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)

PHOTO: GEMIMA HAR­VEY

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.

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