Anyone seeking revenge should ‘ take a number’
Russell Hinder IF Cairns choose to seek revenge against Crocodile Russell Hinder, they had better know they are picking a fight with a man who c o n s i d e r s h i m s e l f ‘ ‘ C a p t a i n Insano’’.
The Townsville skipper, an avid wrestling fan, chose his moniker wisely yesterday, picking out a name that both his teammates and opposition would say encapsulates the passionate leader’s personality.
The Taipans’ opinion of Hinder is at an all-time low after his clash with Cairns’ Alex Loughton in their last meeting with coach Aaron Fearne publicly branding a seemingly innocuous incident a ‘‘ coward act’’ by the veteran.
He defended the claims at the time, with the complaint promptly dismissed by the NBL tribunal.
Hinder hasn’t forgotten what was said but isn’t holding a grudge going into Friday’s final regular season fixture. Whatever hatred Cairns has for Hinder, he says the feeling is mutual for as long as he wears the reptile green.
And if Loughton or anyone of the Taipans want to settle their beef, then they had better take a number.
‘‘ A lot of people hate Russell Hinder, they can get in the queue,’’ Hinder said. ‘‘ That is a really long line, and they are at the back because their hatred is new. I got people coming at me from 15 years back, mate, so I’ll deal with them when their number is called.’’
With the distraction of the Crocs securing second place and homecourt advantage for the play-offs occupying him since February’s run in, Hinder has chosen to forgive, if not forget the incident.
‘‘ I publicly apologised and privately apologised several times, because I did get Alex and whether they choose to accept that apology or not is up to them,’’ he said.
‘‘ You have to move on with things pretty quickly in this world. To be perfectly frank I’ve not given that moment a second thought since about two hours after that game, because I had another game to get to, a family to attend to.
‘‘ If they want to make something out of it, then they clearly don’t have enough going on in their lives.’’
Considering the recent history between the sides, Hinder doubts that there is any more reason to spice up the contest.
‘‘ There is enough passion in an everyday ‘ Reptile Rumble’ ( even) without them fighting for third,’’ he said.
While Friday’s match won’t affect the Crocs’ competition standing, taking a little of the heat out of the event, it still rates highly for a Taipans team aiming to set-up a dream semi-final meeting with Townsville.
Anna Meares leads the pack to the finish line