TRIPLE CROWN BID
By TONY WHITE firstname.lastname@example.org
STAR all-round athlete Chris Adamson is on the verge of an unusual if not unique piece of local history.
Adamson has already tasted first grade premiership success in cricket with Tucabia-Copmanhurst and in rugby league with the Grafton Ghosts.
On Saturday at Oakes Oval, Lismore, Adamson will don the famous Grafton Redmen red and white colours and play on the wing against Ballina for the Far North Coast Rugby Union first grade premiership title.
The game begins at 3.30pm.
And the result could be a cause for triple celebrations in more ways than one.
Adamson turns 30 this Thursday and is scheduled to marry his sweet heart, seven-times North Coast Open tennis winner Kelly Blanch on October 1. Adamson's bucks' party is planned for Saturday evening following the grand final.
"The grand final, my bucks' night and birthday all in one weekend. Hopefully there's cause for triple celebrations," Adamson said.
"I'm really excited. I had to change the arrangements for the bucks' party when we (Redmen) qualified for the grand final.
"The plan was to have a day at Grafton races but now the boys are getting a bus and coming up to Lismore for the grand final, then we'll head back to Grafton."
Adamson's conversion to the game they play in heaven came back in July when he was approached by Redmen first-grade coach Gary Powell.
"Gary hit me up at the July races," Adamson said. "He said they had had a few problems with goal kickers and asked if I would consider having a run with them.
"Union was something I'd thought about for some time. Several other Ghosts players had suggested it and Redmen fullback Rusty Sterlo played with the Ghosts when we won the premiership in 2002 and has made a successful transition.
"I decided to give it (union) a go and signed up just after the carnival. I don't think Gary thought I would show up.
"I've really enjoyed union, especially since I've got to know the rules better."
Adamson has a long history playing a variety of sports but when asked if he had any previous union background, he was straight to the point.
"Zilch, none," he laughed. "I started in third grade with the Redmen, played three games then had four games in reserve grade and got promoted to first grade about three weeks ago."
He readily admits to being all at sea initially but has learned his trade quickly.
"It's not as hard on the wing but I was relying on people and the fullback to put me into the right position," he said.
"Releasing the ball after you are tackled wasn't that hard but the only thing that went horribly wrong came in the last game of the preliminaries.
"I was having a kick at goal and as I do in league I went back 10 metres, took my time to take the kick and it got charged down.
"I felt like a real goose and the boys have really made me pay for it ever since. They laughed their heads off and still have a few digs.
"I didn't know what was happening when all these guys started running from the line at me but I've since learned and take the kicks from further back."