Redmen scoop up Buccaneer and ice-cream connoisseur
ROBBIE Hill whips up a mean gelato; in fact those in the know reckon his burnt butter with toffee almond brittle is to die for.
Hill, who runs an ice-creamery in Yamba, is passionate about his sorbets and gelatos, almost as much as his rugby.
For the past three years Hill has been an integral part of the Yamba Buccaneers Rugby side. However, this season due to Yamba not fielding a side in the President’s Cup, he has been on loan to the Grafton Redmen.
At 36, the loose-forward admits it was a case of continue playing or hang the boots up.
“I’m 36 going on 37,” Hill said. “I thought if I didn’t play this year my body would have seized up so I decided not to have a break.
“It was either keep playing or retire.
“I knew a few blokes in Grafton so I decided to play for the Redmen.”
Hill has been an immediate success at the Redmen with his no-nonsense approach on the field and high work-rate.
And for Hill, it’s not the first time he’s played for the Redmen.
“I actually played a bit of rugby in Brisbane and also up north with the Mackay City Redmen,” he said.
Grafton will head into Saturday’s home game against Ballina as rank outsiders.
Even the most one-eyed Redmen supporter would struggle to see how Grafton could cause a boilover against a Seahorses side sitting atop of the Coopers Far North Coast ladder.
There was a lot to admire in last week’s 38-19 win over Casino but the Seahorses pose a different threat altogether.
Ballina have amassed 264-points this season compared to Grafton’s 98. But to be fair the Seahorses racked up a cricket score against Casino in round four.
Hill admits Ballina will be a tough opponent on Saturday.
“The top three or four sides are very impressive and Ballina are one of those teams,” he said.
“It was the same in the President’s Cup. There seems to be a divide in the competition but that fluctuates from year to year.”
Asked if he thought about creating a special edition ice cream featuring the Yamba Buccaneers or Grafton Redmen colours, Hill said it could be on the cards.
“Yeah, I’ve been asked that question a few times. Let’s just say it’s in the pipeline,” Hill laughed.
Second grade kicks off at Grafton Rugby Park at 1.50pm followed by first grade at 3.15pm.
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The Grafton RFC has a mandatory COVID safety plan in place promoting social distancing and hygiene practices.
a. Access restrictions with changes around clubhouse
b. Limited grandstand seating. Supporters encouraged to bring own seating.
c. Supporters encouraged to sit around field.
d. Limited bar and canteen.
e. If you are unwell with flu-like symptoms please do not attend.
1. Jack Anderson
2. Billy Whalan
4. James Hughes
5. Guy Robertson
6. Robbie Hill
7. Tyler Hancock
8. Ed McGrath
9. Dom Bullock
10. Adam Smidt
11. Ethan Myer Creighton
12. Jake Martin
13. Nic McCabe
14. Michael Wright
15. Kyle Hancock (c)