THOMAS shines in new role as "Pig Hunter"
07.01.2009 - 09.01.2009 22 °C
A two day country carnival held in Warrnambool, hoping to test the boys ahead of the European summer, created several highlights that will delight selectors.
The train was not even two hours from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station, when THOMAS, the rookie expected to unleash havoc on the Europeans this summer, pulled out a move from days playing the Dandenong League. Before selecting THOMAS for the Eurpean Tour as "Pig Hunter", it was widely tipped that DWYER, the vetran skipper, with his previous experience in the role would see him hold both. But the selectors can hold their head high with THOMAS' selection, as it appears their gamble will pay huge dividends.
Leaving on a 1.20pm train, the clock had not even struck 3pm when THOMAS reached deep into his bag of tricks and began, what fans are now calling, "The Train Game." This masterfully inventive game was developed by THOMAS several years ago. It has him picturing a target on the carriage on which he's travelling, closing his eyes and imagining himself with her until he acheives a more erect batting stance. For an added challenge he will pick a target not usually selected by other players. To prove so to the media that accompanied the boys on their trip to Warrnambool, THOMAS selected the conductor, a woman that could only be described as Jabba The Hutt's twin sister.
It left this reporter knowing that selectors had struck gold and I predict THOMAS could end up being arguably the greatest pig hunter in the world at the moment. The move will come in handy in the coming months with the tour expected to have up to ten train trips scheduled, emcompassing some 35-40 hours and several thousand kilometres.
THOMAS further enhanced his growing reputation as Pig Hunter when he demonstrated a move that he is hoping to make his signature. It may seem cocky for this European rookie to be making such bold predictions, but when you look at his form in training, its hard to argue that 'Teddy Tiggy' could take Europe by storm in 2009.