Proud mother re­calls our Nathan’s game-win­ning try

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FROM coun­try footy in Proser­pine to the bright lights of ANZ Sta­dium in Syd­ney, for­mer ju­nior Brah­man Nathan Bar­rett capped an un­be­liev­able jour­ney on Wed­nes­day night to score the match-win­ning try in the un­der-16s State of Ori­gin game.

The 16-year-old scored with just min­utes left to lift Queens­land to a mem­o­rable 10-6 victory in the cur­tain raiser to Game 1.

Nathan’s par­ents, Kerry and Ja­son Bar­rett, as well as brother Josh, made the jour­ney south to watch the sec­ond rower com­plete one of foot­ball’s fairy­tales

“From a mother’s point of view I was ner­vous as hell. They were big boys,” Kerry said.

“He got ab­so­lutely creamed at one point.

“He hit the ball up and got the big­gest tackle but he bounced straight back up again.

“A minute later Nathan tack­led the same guy, picked up the ball and ran to the other side (of the field).

“Two sets later he got it and broke through to score the try.”

Cue mad cel­e­bra­tions from all Queens­land par­ents, es­pe­cially the Bar­retts.

“I wasn’t sit­ting. I was jump­ing and danc­ing, car­ry­ing on like a pork chop,” Kerry said.

“I felt for him af­ter all he has gone through since he broke his thumb last year.

“He’s had some big hic­cups in his foot­ball (in­clud­ing a shoul­der in­jury).

“That made his year... he’s still over the moon.”

Nathan started the game on the bench but was put into the thick of the ac­tion 12 min­utes into the first half.

“He didn’t get to touch the ball in the first half but be­cause he pushed across in his de­fence they kept him on in the sec­ond half,” Kerry ex­plained.

QUEENS­LAN­DER: Proser­pine's Nathan Bar­rett holds up the Un­der-16 State of Ori­gin shield af­ter scor­ing the game-win­ning try on Wed­nes­day night at ANZ Sta­dium.

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