Speed to burn
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
WHEN Orara Valley recruit Hayden Fisher scored a brace of tries in the Axemen's trial match against Coffs Harbour, the speed that he showed down the left wing raised more than a few eyebrows.
After some investigation as to Fisher's background, it came as no surprise to learn that he was a highly rated sprinter back in his native New Zealand.
"I did a lot of national sprinting right through high school until two years ago," the 23-year-old said.
"My biggest achievement there was that I was ranked in the top three for the senior men's 400m and I was in the New Zealand Academy and sprint 4x400m team."
When push came to shove though, a love of league made a decision to choose between the sports all too easy.
Last year Fisher played in the Bartercard Cup with North Harbour, where the speed that took the winger to a personal best time of 47 seconds in the 400 shone through.
After finishing his tertiary studies and gaining a degree in Sport Exercise Science, Fisher decided to try his hand at football in Australia and it was a strange twist of fate more than anything that saw him land at the same club as his older brother Darryl.
"It was always my plan to come over and have a crack at league as my brother had," Fisher said.
"It ended up that we were both thinking of doing the same thing at the same time.
"He was in England at the time and we ended up throwing a few CVs out over here and we both got hit back by the same club, which ended up being Orara."
With his older brother being given the coaching role at the Axemen, it's only natural to ask a younger sibling how he handles taking orders from big brother?
"I don't take orders from him," Hayden joked.
"No not really. It doesn't worry me, I've got a lot to learn off him, he's got plenty of experience so anything he points my way I'll definitely take it on board."
After having the bye in the first round, Orara Valley start their season at Coramba Sportsground tomorrow when they take on Macleay Valley.