‘Bull’ Lil­ly­man goes bush with Bowen

Townsville Bulletin - - Cowboys On Holidays -


JA­COB Lil­ly­man is a boy from the bush whose ex­ploits as a for­mer bull-rider have been well doc­u­mented.

So it was no sur­prise to learn the bloke af­fec­tion­ately known to team­mates as ‘Bull’ saw his fair share of the great out­doors dur­ing his off-sea­son break.

Fea­tures of Lil­ly­man’s bush hol­i­day in­cluded crab­bing at Cun­gulla Beach, hunt­ing with Matt Bowen and his rel­a­tives at Hope Vale and help­ing out on his fam­ily’s cat­tle prop­erty at Rich­mond.

How­ever, the great out­doors did take its toll on Lil­l­ly­man to­wards the end of his hol­i­day when he stood on a stone­fish and was bed-rid­den for two weeks.

‘‘I went down to Cun­gulla to go crab­bing,’’ he said.

‘‘Com­ing back into the boat ramp I jumped off to hang off the boat and I felt a pain in my foot like I’d trod­den on a stick or some­thing.

‘‘I saw a cou­ple of holes in my foot and thought ‘that’s not right.’

‘‘I was in in­stant sharp pain and it kept get­ting sharper and sharper. That’s when I re­alised I’d stood on some­thing.

‘‘The 30-minute trip into town was the most painful 30 min­utes of my life.’’

Not even a lo­cal anes­thetic and sev­eral hits of mor­phine could re­lieve the 22-year-old’s pain af­ter he ar­rived at Townsville hospi­tal.

‘‘Ap­par­ently the only thing to do is put your foot in hot wa­ter so I (did that) and it was re­lief straight away,’’ he said.

The in­jury pre­vented Lil­ly­man from com­menc­ing pre-sea­son train­ing with the rest of the Cow­boys squad at the start of Novem­ber.

‘‘It’s all good now but it took a cou­ple of weeks to get over it,’’ he said.

‘‘The first cou­ple of days af­ter­wards it was ridicu­lous. My leg from my knee down was just swollen.

‘‘If I was on it for more than five min­utes it was just ridicu­lous. All I could do was lay down with my leg in the air and watch TV.’’

An ear­lier trip to Hope Vale, where he spent more than a week with Bowen and his fam­ily, proved an eye-opener for Lil­ly­man.

‘‘I sup­pose I’ve sort of got a bit of a love for the bush. (Bowen’s) fa­ther Richard knew that and he’d take me out walk­ing and look­ing for bush tucker and that sort of thing,’’ he said.

‘‘It was just fan­tas­tic to see them in ac­tion hunt­ing in the tra­di­tional meth­ods. (They’d hunt) in the wa­ter for stingrays or any kind of fish ba­si­cally, just to see how sharp their eyes are and how they pick them out and aim spot on.

‘‘Matty is cer­tainly a dead­eye with the spear and woomera.’’

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