Cap Coast cheers on Yow Yeh name
WHEN Brisbane Broncos flyer Jharal Yow Yeh runs out in the green and gold for his country on Friday night, he’ll be spurred on by cheers of support from Capricorn Coast living rooms.
Jharal, 21, lines up for Australia in his debut Test against New Zealand at the Gold Coast’s Skilled Park on Friday night, and will be supported by the large South Sea Island and Aboriginal communities on the coast who share his name.
While there’s no doubt a number of his relatives will be glued to their television screens, great aunty Gai Yow Yeh will join several family members including Jharal’s Nan Iris and Pop Lomas in the stands at the game.
Gai, who lives in Rockhampton, said the family was “over the moon” following the Australian team announcement on Sunday evening.
“Everybody was just so excited when they heard he got in the team,” she said.
“We’re just so proud of him making the Australian side.
“Jharal is proud to take that Yow Yeh name on board.”
Jharal’s proud Nan Iris said the help of Broncos and Australian teammates Sam Thaiday and Justin Hodges had let her grandson transform into a genuine role model within the indigenous community.
“We’ve been with him all the way through his football,” Iris said..
“It wonderful to see him grow from a precious young boy into a big, young respectful man.
“It’s great that there’s kids that are going to say ‘I want to grow up one day and be like him’.
“It’s great for all the indigenous kids across Australia to see so many indigenous players in the (Australian) team.”
The Broncos winger has been on the end of Brisbane’s red-hot right-side combination that has helped the Brisbane Broncos join the Melbourne Storm on the top of the NRL ladder.
JHARAL Yow Yeh
NRL debut: Brisbane def North Queensland (19-18) March 13, 2009