Kootingal's veteran winger still in the pink

AFTER scoring two tries in Kootingal’s final-round win over Walcha on Saturday, Jeremy Moss’s jersey spiked in value.

Jeremy Moss is hoping he can add to his tally of 15 tries when the kootingal Roosters go into the major semi.  Photo: Gareth Gardner  290214GGF03

Jeremy Moss is hoping he can add to his tally of 15 tries when the kootingal Roosters go into the major semi. Photo: Gareth Gardner 290214GGF03

With the completion of 14 wins from 14 games and a minor premiership, the Roosters held a charity day for breast cancer, with the final-round home game.

As the bright pink jerseys went up for auction at the pub, bidders came out of the woodwork to eventually sell the set for an amazing total of $6060.

Captain-coach Nathan Hamlin took top dollar of $650, with Moss a close second on $575 and hooker Matt McCulloch with $550.

“All said, we are donating around $7000 to Love Your Sister Charity,” Hamlin said.

The double will put Moss in the mix for top tryscorer of the year, along with Barraba’s Joey Latham and Bendemeer’s Bruce Murray.

At 39 years old, Moss has been a part of the Roosters outfit for 13 years straight.

Despite being the oldest in the side, the winger repeatedly proves to the boys that he still has the gas and vision to rack up points.

“With Jordan Sharpe and Fish (Hamlin) on the left, it is easy to pick up tries,” Moss said.

“And Ben Williams is great on the right.” 

In that time, the fullback come winger has played in seven grand finals and won four of them.

With that kind of experience, Moss could be an invaluable asset not only on the wing but also in the sheds as the Roosters approach the big games.

“I have won a couple of minor premierships but never an undefeated one,” Moss said.

Moss is a former baseball player and was shortstop for NSW Country six years straight in the 1990s before turning his attention to league and the Roosters.

“I even went on a tour of America,” Moss said.

“We won four from six.”

Of the 15 tries scored, the finisher has named his round 10 try against Bendemeer as his favourite as it was inspired by the World Cup.

Fellow winger Anthony Smith attempted a grubber with Moss in support.

“He completely mis-hit it on his left and it just spun straight to the side,” Moss said. 

“It went a bit behind me but I managed to kick it in front of me and then beat the Bendy blokes to the ball to score.” 

“I had been watching a bit of the World Cup at the time and some of the boys think it might have helped.

As they await the winner of Barraba and Dungowan this week for the major semi, the winger believes the team’s dynamic is what has got them in the box seat.

“Fish (Hamlin) is all about the culture of the team and being teammates and brothers,” Moss said.

“We have some great young blokes coming up and we all get along really well.” 

“We have just got to take it one game at a time and concentrate on playing the same game.” 

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