MAN OF THE MATCH: Stanley River’s Thomas Murphy. Picture: Patrick Woods.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Stanley River’s Thomas Murphy. Picture: Patrick Woods.

Tough Wolves lock could take his game to another level

RUGBY LEAGUE: Tough and inspirational lock Tom Murphy says he’ll cherish his premiership win with Stanley River before looking at avenues to play at a higher level.

The 27-year-old was the man of the match for Stanley River during their 28-16 win over Caboolture in the Sunshine Coast A-grade grand final at Bokarina on Saturday.

Murphy joined the Woodford-based outfit in December, when his friends Callum and Rowan Klein revived the A-grade team.

“We rocked up and didn’t know what the season would hold … and it’s been unreal.”

“The last time I’d been to The Graveyard was probably under-15s and the only thing I could remember was the fog but then all of a sudden (this year) I was out there every week training and playing and the Woodford community got right behind us and it’s just been surreal.

“It’s a great club with great people.

“And it’s a great bunch of boys. We all got along and we just worked hard for each other all year. We spoke about being accountable and doing our own jobs and I thought we did that.”

IN ACTION: Tom Murphy looks for support during the decider against Caboolture. Picture: Patrick Woods.
IN ACTION: Tom Murphy looks for support during the decider against Caboolture. Picture: Patrick Woods.

Murphy said he’ll enjoy the title win before weighing up his future.

The Mudjimba local was previously a captain for the Sunshine Coast and also for Mackay at Queensland Cup level.

“I don’t know (what next),” he said.

“I’ve got two young ones running around now.

“I’ll soak this up.

“The body’s feeling really good and I think I’ve got a lot to offer still at a higher level and I’m keen to have a look (and) see if I can do it.”

Rowan Klein hailed Murphy for his durability.

“Murph does his job every week. He’s so tough.”

MAN OF THE MATCH TOM MURPHY: Many of the players joined the Stanley River A-grade team after forging a strong bond through their ties to the Sunshine Coast Falcons and late Falcons forward James ‘Ackers’ Ackerman. Picture: Patrick Woods.
MAN OF THE MATCH TOM MURPHY: Many of the players joined the Stanley River A-grade team after forging a strong bond through their ties to the Sunshine Coast Falcons and late Falcons forward James ‘Ackers’ Ackerman. Picture: Patrick Woods.

Murphy scored a match-turning try against the Snakes on Saturday to help level the scores 10-10 at halftime.

“He just lifts to the occasion every time,” Klein said.

“He’s a guy you need in your football side in big games.

“He’s got a cool head and he gets through a lot of work.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him and I’ve known him since I was 11 years old.

“I’m not sure what he’s doing next year but if he wants to come back he’s more than welcome.”


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