By STEVE MASCORD
TRY-HUNGRY winger Corey Thompson has revealed how joining Canterbury cost him a grand final– and a missed plane denied him the chance to celebrate with his team-mates.
Thompson has bagged 11 first grade touch downs since transferring from Brisbane Easts on a modest contract in the middle of last season. The Tigers went on to make the 2013 Intrust Super Cup grand final, where they lost to Mackay Cutters, without him.
“I was playing Queensland Cup at the start of last year, came down here and then my Queensland Cup team made the grand final,” Thompson tells League Week.
“I missed out on that. I was lucky enough to debut this year and I’ve got the grand final next weekend. “
He explains: “Funnily enough, I booked my flight on Tiger. It was delayed and cancelled so by the time I got there the grand final was over. So I missed the grand final.
“I was still in Sydney waiting for my plane to leave (when it kicked off).
“By the time I got there, they were all over the place. I couldn’t get around so I saw them the next day. They were pretty seedy.
“It was good to see them.”
Thompson hoped Easts would be playing Penrith in a curtain-raiser on Sunday – but they missed out again, this time to Northern Pride.
“I’m still in shock – it’s my first full year and I’m into the grand final. I’m over the moon for all the boys,” Thompson said,.
“School and juniors, three or four when I was younger.
“I really just played with my mates and loved playing until I got the call from the Dogs.”
Thompson looks back on the Bulldogs’ two-from-eight finish to the regular season by saying: “We’ve always had that spark. We probably overplayed it a lot in those past 10 rounds.
“We never gave up on each other – some people might have doubted us. The boys knew ‘one loss and we’re out’ and they just put their heads down.
“I’ve got (Alex) Johnston (in the grand final). I don’t know him. I marked him when we played the Rabbitohs. He’s an amazing young player, he’s a freak, he knows how to play so I’m going to have my hands full next week.”
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