By Tony White
Life on and off the footy field is rapidly improving for hard working Lower Clarence hooker Chris Brophy.
The Magpies have turned the corner after a horror start to the season and Brophy and his wife Shelley's six-month old daughter, Aleesha, is making a good recovery after being born with an undeveloped heart valve.
"I'm certainly enjoying my football as much as ever but it's a bit harder getting to training with Aleesha and all the stuff that goes with it," he said.
"Fortunately Aleesha is getting better and that is a big relief for the family."
Brophy is one of those non stop types that bobs up everywhere on the footy field.
If he's not setting the attack from dummy half, Brophy is busy felling men twice his size in defence.
The Magpies, after three straight losses, turned the season around when they beat Marist Brothers in a 21-20 thriller at Maclean Showground in round four then continued their winning momentum by beating Casino 38-18 at the Cougars home ground Queen Elizabeth Park last week.
"We've just taken a while to click," Brophy contended. "It was pretty hard getting beaten by my old club Grafton first up, they touched us up, but we're starting to get it together with more players back on deck.
"Everyone is feeling good now, the confidence is back. After a couple of wins, everyone is on song."
LOWER CLARENCE: Fullback, Aaron Murray; wingers, Lee Everett, Mike Laurie; centres, Adam Elliott, Darren Blackett; five-eighth, Gavin Galvin; halfback, Jason Wilkinson; props, Luke Matherson, Mick Harris; hooker, Chris Brophy; secondrow, Jason Hebbard (c); Terry Power; lock, Tom Freebody. Reserve: Brett Smidt. Coach: Jason Hebbard.
KYOGLE: Fullback, Shane Walker; wingers, Zac Royal, Zeke Walker; centres Charlie Ord, Athol Williams; five-eighth, Brent McBride; halfback, Sam Daley; lock, Josh Foley; second-row, Joe Painter, Brad Purtell, front-row Kristian Mene, Dave Mulcahy; hooker, Simon Pederson. Fresh reserve: Steve Lamond. Coach