INJURY CAN'T KEEP A GOOD COLT DOWN
COLYTON Colts rugby league player Pouli Fisiiahi is no softie, and has returned to coaching a junior team just days after surgery on a broken cheekbone.
A life member of the club, Fisiiahi has been an A-grade player as well as a coach and trainer for more than 20 years.
Several weeks ago, the 39-yearold sustained a broken cheekbone in a competitive match against Cambridge Park.
The St Marys resident went in for a tackle and was met with a knee to the cheek.
He was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery a few days later.
Fisiiahi told The Standard he was already back on the field.
“I am already back coaching the kids — but I am not pushing it,” Mr Fisiiahi said.
“I have been coaching for 15 years and I love it; it is a major part of my life.
“My whole family is in the club — my sons, my nephews — so I was very keen to get back.”
Despite a three-month recovery time, Colyton Colts secretary Kirsty Chaszczewski said everyone knew they hadn’t seen the last of Fisiiahi.
“This is not the first time Pouli has had an injury like this,” Mrs Chaszczewski said.
“Pouli went straight back to coach the kids; he was at the next training session.
“Nothing is ever too hard for him, that’s just how he is.
“He has to have three months off but he said he is coming back to train next week. I think he will definitely play another season as this year is his 20th year with the club.”
Mrs Chaszczewski credited much of the club’s success to Fisiiahi and named him as one of the Colts’ most valuable members.
“He will help anyone — his team even goes to his house to get ready, and just this week he said he would pay for some of the kids’ rego as they were struggling,” Mrs Chaszczewski said.
“We held a function at the club and Pouli got his family to come and dance and perform for everyone with a cultural Tongan dance.
“They didn’t accept any payment, and all the money that was raised on the night he donated straight back to the club.”
Colyton Colts life member Pouli Fisiiahi is back on deck despite having surgery on a broken cheekboneeekbone just a few weeks ago.