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13 July, 2021

Griffi n pumped for homecoming

A FAVOURITE local son and one of the region’s most successful Intrust Super Cup players will make a homecoming of sorts on Saturday when he lines up for the Northern Pride in a Country week blockbuster against PNG Hunters in Atherton.

By Michael Warren

A FAVOURITE local son and one of the region’s most successful Intrust Super Cup players will make a homecoming of sorts on Saturday when he lines up for the Northern Pride in a Country week blockbuster against PNG Hunters in Atherton. 

Powerhouse forward Rod Griffin played his junior footy in Atherton before eventually linking up with ISC entertainers Ipswich Jets. 

There in 2015, under former Jets gun coaches Ben and Shane Walker he enjoyed stunning success which included winning a Queensland Cup ISC premiership against Townsville Blackhawks 32-20 followed by an historic NRL state title over the Newcastle Knights 26-12. 

Griffin’s effort from the front row in the win over the Knights that day was particularly notable with the workhorse setting up an early try to speedster Marmin Barba, while also crossing the line himself during a near man of the match performance. 

This week though, he returns to where it all started. 

“It’s going to be a real circle moment for me; I’m sure I’ll be a bit more nervous than usual particularly lining up against my fellow countrymen in Atherton,” an excited Griffin told The Express. 

“As you say I grew up playing footy in Atherton and the place is very special to me so this match will definitely have some extra meaning. 

“As I come towards the end of my career these are the matches that really mean a lot to you. 

“I’m sure it will be quite an emotional night. It’s a game I’m very much looking forward to.” 

On the same day a range of lead-up matches is sure to keep the crowd entertained with junior games to kickstart festivities from 9am. 

The Pride match gets underway at the Atherton JRL Ground on Saturday from 5.30pm. Meanwhile, the following day Atherton Roosters face off at home against Mareeba Gladiators in the local derby from 3pm. 

As it stands, Mareeba sits 9th on the CDRL A-grade ladder with Atherton just behind in 10th position.


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