Woolgoolga rugby league fans seeing double
By GREG WHITE
BROTHERS playing together in first grade rugby league teams are not unusual but as for twins, that's a different story.
Woolgoolga Seahorses can boast the Crockett twins, Clint and Luke, as two of many reasons behind their surge to the top of the Group 2 premiership ladder in 2006.
"Luke is the eldest by four minutes and we're just as competitive off the field as on it," baby twin Clint revealed.
"It makes us identical I suppose."
Maybe in attitude but not always in appearance.
Prop or second rower Clint has blonde hair and is fairly robust while utility back Luke has darker hair and a slighter build.
As their careers continue in parallel both have earned the industry tag of 'real goers', notorious for hard work and competitiveness with each other on the paddock.
Starting in Woopi juniors in 1994, the boys won scholarships to Tamworth's Farrer Agricultural College before moving to the Gold Coast.
"Rick Stone (Nambucca dual premiership winner) was our head coach at Burleigh Bears and placed us in the under-19 Colts side," Clint said.
"Once again, Luke was in the backs and I played in the forwards.
"Then dad became ill and we thought it time to come home to help out.
"Playing for the Seahorses under John Cross was a bit of an incentive as well."
With Woolgoolga flying high after so many years in the wilderness, the infectious enthusiasm shown by the Crockett twins for their football helps explain the turnaround.
"We're shooting for two years straight in the semis but everyone says it should be four straight since (2002) the year out of the comp," Clint said.
"There was fantastic talent here when Lee Harvey coached but they didn't go on with it.
"But it shows what success can do when everybody is trying so hard for each other."
After receiving nibbles from Canterbury and Manly during his junior days, Crockett the younger hopes a big year for the Seahorses will reignite interest from NRL clubs.
"I'd love to play at the top level in the opportunities come along," he said.
But has his older sibling received offers?
"Nah, nobody's been on the phone to Lukey," Clint laughed.
The competition between the twin brothers rolls on.