Dusting off cobwebs
By MITCHELL DALE
DESPITE ending a stellar 14-season rugby league career in 2002, former Test star Tim Brasher's life still evolves around professional sport.
Brasher has traded the glory of top-flight rugby league for the relative anonymity of a golf caddy, carrying the bags for veteran Queenslander Terry Price during last year's British PGA tour.
But, for this weekend at least, Tim Brasher the footballer will make a return.
Brasher, a veteran of 18 Tests and 21 State of Origin appearances, will join a galaxy of former stars in Mark Carroll's Barbarians outfit at the Orara Valley sevens tournament at Coramba.
But with a severe lack of football under his belt, Brasher is not expecting miracles this weekend.
"I haven't done much work (in preparation for the sevens tournament), I've had plenty of beers though," he said.
"I haven't played for a while, the last time I played was for (English rugby union club) Bath a couple of years ago.
"But I am definitely looking forward to getting out there and having a run."
Brasher, who burst onto the rugby league scene as a high school whiz kid in Balmain's 1989 grand final side, is hoping the many miles racked up on the golf course with Price's bag over his shoulder will help with fitness this weekend.
"Walking the courses may help a bit, although it is stop-start," he said. "I'll probably be a bit underdone though, thank God we have a lot of reserves."
Brasher is revelling in his career change.
"The caddying has been going really well, Terry had his best year on the Tour, which always helps," he said.
"Terry loves his footy and I knew him from when I was playing.
"The fact that he respects me as a sportsperson helps as well, some of the golfers treat their caddies pretty bad. I have been able to offer him the odd word of wisdom in tough times."
The Barbarians are no doubt the glamour side of the tournament, but Brasher predicted the aging side could struggle against younger, fitter opposition.
"We're just a bunch of old blokes, we're just going out there for a bit of fun," he said.
"We won't be out there to win it, I think the younger blokes will run rings around us anyway."