Eel meet makes Brodie’s day

YOUNG rugby league fanatic Brodie Coombs is still floating on cloud nine this week after meeting his hero, Nathan Hindmarsh.

Armed with a copy of the Hindmarsh book and as much Parramatta memorabilia he could get his hands on, Brodie’s first priority was to get everything signed when he met the league legend in Gunnedah last weekend.

“Parramatta is my favourite team and Nathan Hindmarsh was my favourite player,” Brodie said.

“I just wish he was still playing.” 

Hindmarsh was part of a celebrity team, which included retired star jockey Allan Robinson and Newcastle Knights’ playmaker Jarrod Mullen, who officially opened the new TAB facilities at the Club House Hotel.

All three spent the afternoon meeting fans, signing autographs and sampling camp-oven food and a barbecue.

Allan Robinson, who holds the Australian record for the 224.5 wins in a season and the most suspensions (111), ran a punters’ club during the afternoon, which, after plenty of hard work, came out $20 in front.

Proceeds of the day will go to the Gunnedah Junior Band’s fundraising drive to help it travel to France next year.

“I’m sure everyone involved in the day had a great time,” publican Mal Walsh said.

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