Pressure?s on for Uncle Brad
By STEVE SPINKS, in Melbourne
BRAD Davidson had better win a medal with the Australian men's basketball team at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games ? or his niece Georgia Williams will not be happy.
After all, she wants to take him to kindergarten for show and tell along with any medal he wins.
Georgia would be happy to know that the Boomers started their Games campaign well with a crushing 129-52 victory over Scotland on Friday night. The Boomers played Nigeria in Bendigo last night.
Georgia's mother and Brad's sister, Narelle Williams, watched both games in Bendigo over the weekend along with her father Max Davidson and Brad's daughter Zoe.
"He's (Davidson) having a ball," Mrs Williams said.
"They seem to be having a heap of fun.
"We've been introduced to a few members of the team like Sam McKinnon who used to play with Brad in Townsville.
"Brad has showed us all his photos from the opening ceremony and he said it was a good experience."
Davidson, who started his career in Grafton with the Vikings after moving from his home town of Mullumbimby, has also been busy within the Olympic village making sure he said a quick hello to fellow former Mullumbimby residents, Petria Thomas and discus thrower Monique Nacsa.
Nacsa will compete tomorrow, while Thomas, who retired from international swimming after the Athens Olympics, is in the village as an administrator.
"He actually didn't know Monique Nacsa so he went over and introduced himself when he saw her," Williams said.
"Monique's elder sister went to school with Brad so they had a quick chat."
While Melbourne is overflowing with a 'Commonwealth Games feeling', Williams said the atmosphere in Bendigo was more subdued.
"It was only a little basketball stadium and apparently most of the locals bought the tickets so no travellers were really in town," she said.
"But there were some Scottish people there on the Friday night and they were hilarious."
Williams is returning to Mullumbimby today, while Max will be staying on to watch the remainder of the Boomers' games in Melbourne.
And Georgia? Well she's just crossing her fingers.