Terrific Tom’s hair-raising 2018 capped with premiership triumph

GREEN DREAM: Tom Green has enjoyed a stellar 2018 and capped it off with a premiership, his third with Emus, on Saturday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
GREEN DREAM: Tom Green has enjoyed a stellar 2018 and capped it off with a premiership, his third with Emus, on Saturday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

A Blue Bulls jumper, an appearance in the Caldwell Cup decider, a shot with NSW Country Cockatoos and, after Saturday, a 2018 Blowes Clothing Cup premiership – Tom Green’s had a pretty decent winter.

Emus’ hair-bear winger was, as he’s been all season at just about every level he’s played, tremendous as the Orange club completed a stunning second half to run out 30-18 winners over Bathurst Bulldogs at Endeavour Oval.

You couldn’t wipe the smile off Green’s face.

“It’s been unreal,” he said.

“I would never have thought this would happen all in the one year. It’s completely unreal.

“I couldn’t ask for a better ending to a season of rugby.”

Green has been a pillar for the greens for the best part of the last sevens seasons and despite lapping up the success he’s enjoyed in 2018, it hasn’t always been that way.

The try-scoring phenom was part of the Emus team that finished last in an 11-team Blowes Clothing Cup in 2013, before helping reinvigorate the club’s first grade fortunes in 2014.

The club made the grand final that season, ultimately losing to Roos in Dubbo.

But a break-through 2015 derby grand final win against City kick-started this glittering era at Endeavour Oval, one that’s now netted the likes of Green three top grade crowns.

“In 2013, if someone had said we’d win three premierships, I would have been in disbelief,” he said.

“I was here through the bad times and now I’m here in the good times. I just love the club. I’d do anything for it.”