Roost­ers House cel­e­brat­ing heroic win

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency issues - By JOHN RYAN

Rooster sup­port­ers Phil and De­bra Mor­row out­side their Roost­ers home which was dec­o­rated in the lead-up to grand fi­nal day. AT the same time Dubbo’s Apex Oval was play­ing host to some of the na­tion’s best rugby league at the Koori Knock­out car­ni­val last week­end, footy fever was grip­ping the state in the lead-up to the NRL grand fi­nal.

While Mel­bourne Storm sup­port­ers are rea­son­ably thin on the ground in Dubbo, life­long Roost­ers fan Phil Mor­row wanted his neigh­bours, and any­one else who passed his Fitzroy Street home, to know that he was Tri­colours through and through.

His wife De­bra dec­o­rated their front fence, all part of the hype to send him down to Syd­ney to watch the big game in per­son.

“I’ve been a Rooster all my life,” Mr Mor­row told

“I’m go­ing down to the game, I’ve got my tick­ets and look­ing for­ward to it. I’m go­ing with my nephew from In­verell – he’s a Roost­ers’ fan as well,” he said not long be­fore head­ing to Syd­ney’s ANZ Sta­dium.

“I got tick­ets through a spon­sor so that was good,” he added, re­veal­ing he was very lucky to get “very good seats, seven rows back on the try­line”.

Like many Roost­ers’ fans, he’s adopted former Mel­bourne Storm star half­back Cooper Cronk as one of his own, and would have been stoked that the num­ber 7 was able to play de­spite a frac­tured shoul­der blade, an in­jury he suf­fered against the Rab­bitohs in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal the week be­fore.

Mr Mor­row said he was look­ing for­ward to see­ing Cronk play, point­ing out a “fact” that many be­lieve is true, that the NRL pow­ers-that-be had al­ready de­cided well be­fore the game that a cer­tain Storm player would get the Clive Churchill Medal as best on ground in the grand fi­nal.

“I’d love to see La­trell get Man of the Match, he won’t be­cause Billy Slater will, but La­trell Mitchell will be the best player on the field,” Mr Mor­row pre­dicted.

In the end, that hon­our went to Luke Keary who many agreed did a great job pick­ing up any slack left by the in­jured but heroic Cronk.

“The Roost­ers haven’t had a good game yet all year, they’re just cruis­ing along, get­ting bet­ter ev­ery week – as (Roost­ers’ coach Trent Robin­son) said, they’re just im­prov­ing ev­ery game, and hope­fully this grand fi­nal will be their best of the sea­son.”

Phil Mor­row says if the Roost­ers’ un­pre­dictable strike weapons such as La­trell Mitchell and James Tedesco both fire on the same day, there’s no de­fence that can con­tain them.

Mr Mor­row said the im­prove­ment in La­trell since State of Ori­gin has been amaz­ing to watch. “He’s im­proved as a player – and prob­a­bly as a per­son – a thou­sand per cent. His game has gone to an­other level.

“Tedesco, now that he’s play­ing in a win­ning team, he’s just proved that he’s got other op­tions too, his pass­ing game is sec­ond to none, his chase is ex­cep­tional.”

Mr Mor­row said Billy Slater is the dan­ger player, whether he’s play­ing well or not, echo­ing many in the com­mu­nity who think Billy the Kid gets away with un­der­handed grubby play that side­lines other play­ers as well as get­ting penal­ties just for be­ing who he is. Mr Mor­row also be­lieved the Storm’s lucky charm full­back may be tar­geted with shoul­der charges that he him­self set as a prece­dent for be­ing le­gal hits when he walked free from the NRL Tri­bunal in the week lead­ing up to grand fi­nal day.

“Billy just has to watch out for the Napa Tackle, I don’t think Billy will walk off 100 per cent fit,” Mr Mor­row said.

“Go the Roost­ers.”


A ju­bi­lant Phil Mor­row, left, cel­e­brat­ing the Roost­ers win on Sun­day night with his nephew Troy Pol­lock. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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