Is it just me or are other people amazed that the head of the Cygnets’ cross-country basketball academy, based in the middle of Sydney, does not know the difference between rugby and rugby league?
‘Sliding Doors’: How Tom Trbojevic was almost lost to the AFL
Tom Trbojevic is the unbackable favourite for the Dally M medal, but those who spent time with him at the Sydney Swans Academy reckon he could well have been a Brownlow contender had he stuck with AFL.
Trbojevic juggled AFL and rugby league in his teens, before turning his full attention to the latter. However, he was a standout in Australian Rules, spending time in the Swans Academy from the age of 14 until just before he turned 17.
His stint with the Swans coincided with that of Isaac Heeney, another outstanding prospect who was equally adept at league. Heeney stuck with Australian Rules, going onto became a mainstay for the Swans during a career that has netted 111 appearances to date, while Trbojevic has made almost the identical number of appearances (112) for his beloved Sea Eagles.
“It’s Sliding Doors, isn’t it? You could see Isaac Heeney running around in a Manly jumper and Tom Trbojevic running around in a Swans jumper,” said the head of the Swans Academy, Chris Smith.
He’s dominating the NRL, but those who coached and played with Tom Trbojevic during his Swans stint believe he would have become a superstar in the AFL.www.smh.com.au
It's an aussie rules thing. They don't have a clue like most victorians.Is it just me or are other people amazed that the head of the Cygnets’ cross-country basketball academy, based in the middle of Sydney, does not know the difference between rugby and rugby league?