I was lucky enough to lace them up against Boyd Cordner on a number of occasions.
Both edge back rowers and debuting a year apart from each other, he’s one player I would focus in on when watching opposition video or just watching the telly as a casual fan.
The reason? Like most, I could tell straight away he was special.
My first interaction with him was quite a giggle actually. Despite debuting a year before him I was six years his senior.
So we first met in Bali, over a few Bintangs at Alleycats, while he was with a couple of my ex under 20’s teammates Pearcey & SKD.
I thought he was being condescending when he said he was fan of my game and love the way I ran a line lol.
I couldn’t of got a worst read on him as a person because he’s one of the better blokes I met in my career, who I never had the pleasure of playing with.
You couldn’t find any player that opposed him during that period that would say anything different.
The ultimate competitor, who gave everything he had with humility and class. Even the most biased QLD or Souths fan would respect the way he went about his craft.
After a storied career of ten years, he accomplished more than most players would ever dream of.
- He was a one club man who played 183 games for the Chooks
- Won three grand finals from three appearances (including his maiden premiership in 13 against yours truly after returning weeks early from a broken ankle, Smh)
- Played in 38 representative fixtures including 16 for his state & 20 for his country
- Led the way for club, state & country as he skippered all three as he progressed through the ranks
As he said in his emotional and heart warming press conference, it’s time “for once, I had to put my health and happiness first”.
On behalf of everyone here at YKTR Sports.
Thank you Boyd Cordner.
– Skipper Scope