Mur­phy to don the Fal­cons jer­sey in 2019

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Maroochy Weekly - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: SHANE MY­ERS - OCEAN6

STRONG: Alexan­dra Head­land's Lani Pal­lis­ter is claim­ing vic­tory.

PHOTO: DAVE HUNT

TRAIN­ING: Todd Mur­phy dur­ing a Bris­bane Bron­cos train­ing ses­sion in Bris­bane last year.

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