SPE­CIAL GIFT FOR NO. 1 FAN

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACKHOUSE

A FA­NAT­I­CAL Johnathan Thurston sup­porter is about to re­ceive a framed signed poster of the NRL su­per­star thanks to the Bul­letin and his lov­ing mum. Ce­cily Humphries, who “never wins any­thing”, broke the drought and was yes­ter­day de­clared the win­ner of the Bul­letin’s com­pe­ti­tion by ed­i­tor Ben English af­ter her en­try was ran­domly se­lected. She said her son Owen Humphries was such a big fan of Thurston’s that he had at­tended the 2015 grand fi­nal and was handed a match ball smeared with the cham­pion’s blood. “I put the ticket in for my son who’s with the armed forces in Perth, be­cause he just loves JT,” she said. “I like him too. I re­ally ad­mire him as a per­son. “It’s just the lit­tle things he does like giv­ing his head­gear to chil­dren and pick­ing up things where others walk over them.” Mrs Humphries said Thurston was a hero in Townsville. “Even if you’re not a foot­ball fan, you have to ad­mire the man, he’s a great fam­ily man,” she said. Mrs Humphries plans to take the poster to her son on her next visit to Perth.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

WOR­THY WIN­NER: Ce­cily Humphries with her signed Johnathan Thurston poster.

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