Temora locals team up for mates night
Storm's Ryan Hinchcliffe and the Hawthorn Football Club's Luke Breust teamed up on Thursday, helping promote Monday mates night in Round 14.
Fans can come to Melbourne's clash with the Eels on Monday night by purchasing two tickets for the price of one in the General Admission and General Admission plus seating areas with Hinchcliffe bringing Breust, an old friend from hometown Temora as his 'mate'.
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"Obviously with the Origin period coming up, our game on Monday night and our game on Sunday it is a feast of rugby league on for the people of Victoria," Hinchcliffe said.
"I've known him (Luke Breust) since he was a little fella, obviously he was a pretty decent rugby league player growing up and chose to go down the AFL path and has been going unbelievably well for the Hawks."
A former rugby league junior and cousin of former NSW representative Trent Barrett, Breust admitted he still takes a keen interest in the code.
"I certainly think it was good, the skills I learnt in rugby league have certainly transferred across to AFL and held me in good stead," Breust said.
"I'd watch more rugby league at home than I would AFL.
"It's always refreshing to watch a game of league on a Monday night or over the weekend see how Ryan is going and there are a few other Temora boys around the league so it's good to follow them."
With Cameron Smith on Origin duty with Queensland, Hinchcliffe will lead Storm out on Monday night at AAMI Park, an opportunity which the versatile forward is excited for.
"It's a little bit of a different role but it's something I have done before," Hinchcliffe said.
"I'm just looking forward to getting out there on Monday night and putting in a good performance."