Old combination back together
By MITCHELL DALE
LAST year he formed part of arguably the highest-profile halves pairing in the history of country rugby league.
His name is Dave Toomey.
"Dave who?" you say.
Dave Toomey, the halfback who played beside Parramatta runaway Jamie Lyon in Wee Waa's Group 4 champion outfit.
While Toomey, 25, might still be a relative unknown, Seahorses officials are confident he will be a household name around the Northern Beaches by the end of the VB Group 2 season.
If Toomey, one of a group of key off-season Woolgoolga recruits, can help spark the young Seahorses backline and lead the club into the 2005 play-offs, there is little doubt his profile will lift considerably.
This year, Toomey will partner another crowd-pleasing five-eighth in Arthur Murray.
Toomey and Murray are no strangers, having played together at Narrabri Blues in 2002.
For Toomey, there are a few similarities between 2002 and 2005.
He joined Narrabri in 2002 after Murray had played virtually a lone hand the season prior as the Blues struggled to climb from the bottom of the table.
It is the same scenario that greets him at Woolgoolga this season.
But the Seahorses' faithful can take heart by Toomey and Murray's results at Narrabri.
With the pair running amok in the halves, the Blues went from equal wooden spooners to one win away from a grand final appearance in '02.
Toomey is hoping history will repeat itself this year.
"The last time we played together, we helped turn Narrabri into a finals side, so hopefully we can do the same thing here," Toomey says.
With a new-look forward pack led by NRL veteran John Cross in front of them, there is a good chance Toomey and Murray will be able to create their fair share of mischief this season.
"I have been looking at the side a fair bit since I got here and we have some pretty handy forwards in Lee Harvey, John Cross, Jason Stanford and Dallas Turner," Toomey says.
"Plus we have a good young dummy-half in Blake Seymour.
"I reckon we are looking pretty good."
Toomey believes his grand-final experience from last season will be invaluable.
"I was pestering Arthur all last season to get me over here, but in a way I am glad it didn't happen until now," he said.
"I'm glad I held on and won the grand final and got that experience behind me.
"But I am enjoying it here, it is a pretty different lifestyle."
Toomey and Murray's relationship also extends off the football field.
Toomey lives with Murray's aunty.
"That sort of makes me his uncle," Toomey jokes.