Murphy to don the Falcons jersey in 2019
Todd Murphy accepts he may never get to play in the NRL after coming close on several occasions and says he’s now focused on playing a significant role for the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
The 28-year-old local product is a key signing at the Intrust Super Cup club, after spending time at the Brisbane Broncos and Cronulla Sharks.
The halfback was 18th man at times and warmed up to play before some games.
“I was definitely close and probably would have had a game this year if it wasn’t for injury,” Murphy said.
“But that’s footy ... these things happen.”
He comes to the Coast with experience, having trained regularly with top players.
“Being around full-time footballers all the time you learn a lot,” he said.
“I feel like I’ve come a long way as a player in the last three or four years.”
When Murphy does don a Falcons jersey for the first time, he’ll do so with an old mate in mind.
He was good friends with the late James Ackerman, the tough Falcons prop who died following an on-field collision in 2015.
“(He was) one of my best mates, if not my best mate,” Murphy said.
“To put that jersey on is going to mean a lot.”
Electrician Murphy, 28, played for the Sunshine Coast state league in its old form in 2012, back when it was known as the Sea Eagles. SURF LIFESAVING: A dominant display in the opening round of the Ocean6 Series has bolstered teenager Lani Pallister’s hopes for success at looming events both in the surf and pool.
The Alexandra Headland 16-year-old charged to victory in the open women’s swim and run-swim-run events at Queenscliff Beach on Saturday.
It maintained some impressive form for the Maroochydore State High School student who recently broke a world record at the national pool rescue championships and claimed three gold medals at the Junior Pan Pacs in Fiji.
Pallister said she was “stoked” with her efforts after missing the opening round last year.
Although still riding the high of victory, Pallister will be back in race mode this week for the Australian Short Course Swimming Championships.
She believed her success against older athletes at Queenscliff was a good morale booster ahead of the competition and wasn’t concerned about the short turnaround between events.
“I’m pretty good at recovery and I always keep on top of everything,” she said.
“It’s (Ocean6 wins) just a bit of a confidence boost racing against open girls and I’m just trying to get used to that.
“They still intimidate me a fair bit.
“I know they’re all lovely girls but I’ve just got to get that through my head that I am as good as them and that I am able to perform as well as them at the open standards,” she said.
STRONG: Alexandra Headland's Lani Pallister is claiming victory.
TRAINING: Todd Murphy during a Brisbane Broncos training session in Brisbane last year.