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TUESDAY APRIL 25 2017 SPORT 27 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA michael Hunts hate for all things NSW along with fellow ex-Queensland Origin player, Reds assistant coach Brad Thorn. However, Cooper believed the Reds already had plenty to play for against the Waratahs. Fresh from a bye, Queensland (2-6 record) hopes to kick on from their last-start win over the Southern Kings and launch a bold finals bid with back-to-back home victories. wanted. Hes super proud of his brother, we all are, but its not something we talk about. Same with the photo ... my FOR now, the photograph sits in storage. Future unknown. Michael Gordon torn not only over where and how the image hangs, but if he displays it at all. Because, the Roosters fullback says softly, this isnt something you put up for everyone to see. But still, he wants everyone to know. For when Gordon finally runs out for his Anzac Day debut this afternoon when he stands, goosebumped, through The Ode, The Last Post, even those eerie silences either side it will be for the grainy picture reprinted here. A photo this NRL veteran has waited 209 NRL games to honour. More than an iconic piece of The Roosters Michael Gordon has opened up about his great uncle, who was executed in the Second World War, ahead of todays match Picture: AAP/DAN HIMBRECHTS Rooster pays homage to slain great uncle Australian wartime history, this image also unites the entire Gordon clan. Yet still, they never speak of it. For the man on his knees is Sergeant Len Siffleet. An Australian commando from M Special Unit. And the brother of Gordons grandfather. So this photo, its extremely important to my family, the footballer explains. But also hard for them to see. Indeed, for the Gordons, this isnt the story of a soldier, but a brother, a son, even a fiance. A fella who aged 27, endures as the embodiment of sacrifice. For it was during September, 1943 when Sgt Siffleet, patrolling in New Guinea with a small team, was ambushed by villagers helping the Japanese. Captured, interrogated and tortured for two weeks where it is said he gave up little Gordons great uncle was then walked down to Aitape beach to his fate. The date: October 24. My birthday, the Rooster smiles. The photograph was discovered a year later on the body of a dead Japanese soldier in Jayapura, Indonesia, some 200km away. At first, the Digger was wrongly identified as Flight Lieutenant Bill Newton, a pilot and Victoria Cross recipient, and published in newspapers around Australia and Life magazine. But some time later, my pop identified the picture and said this is my brother, Gordon continues. Then his incredible story came to light. Pop got a lot of publicity, which I dont think he ever family prefers pictures of Len smiling in civilian life. And some of these, Gordon has also been entrusted with. In primary school, I was doing an assignment on World War II, he explains. So my nan dropped over of a heap of newspaper articles, war bonds, all sorts of stuff. And going through it all I came across the photograph. To discover it was my great uncle ... crazy. Confronting, too. But despite how proud I am, its not really something you display on the mantle. No, it isnt. Which is why today at Alli anz Stadium, this debut means everything. A chance for Gordon, finally, to do the only thing a fella can with a photograph like that. Honour it. NICK WALSHAW Storm wary of Foran, Warriors MELBOURNE coach Craig Bellamy says the addition of playmaker Kieran Foran has made a huge difference to the Warriors ahead of their Anzac Day clash. The Warriors No.6 played his first game for his new club in Round 5 and Bellamy said he had improved their attack. In his three games this month, the New Zealandbased side has won two and lost one, falling to the highly rated Raiders in Canberra last round. Foran makes a lot of difference, Bellamy said ahead of tonights match at AAMI Park. Hes a really experienced player and hes a real competitor and he really straightens up their attack a lot. Hes come in and I suppose taken over the organisation of the attack which means less responsibility on (Shaun) Johnsons shoulders so hes been real important for them. Foran, who is off-contract and is set to return to an Australian club, has been linked to a move to the Storm but Bellamy delivered an emphatic denial yesterday when asked if they were interested. While the Storm boasts the best spine in the competition in fullback Billy Slater, halfback Cooper Cronk and hooker Cameron Smith, Bellamy said he was aware of the talents of the Warriors trio in Foran, fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and hooker Issac Luke. Bellamy said hed been stunned by the recovery of Tuivasa-Sheck from a knee reconstruction when they met in a pre-season trial. Usually it takes a while to get back their speed and agility but in their trial I cant remember a guy come back from an ACL and move as well as Sheck did, Bellamy said. Hes a freak of nature, hes such a good player. MELISSA WOODS NRL - ROUND 8 ROOSTERS V DRAGONS TODAY, 3.30PM, ALLIANZ STADIUM WATCH LIVE ON NRL ROUND 8 STORM V WARRIORS TODAY, 6.30PM, AAMI PARK WATCH LIVE ON Australian commander Len Siffleet Michael Gordons great uncle about to be executed by a Japanese officer Aussie sides fight for spots WARATAHS coach Daryl Gibson has conceded Australias struggling Super Rugby sides are probably battling for just one spot in this years finals. All five Australian sides have lost at least two more games than theyve won, with the Waratahs and Reds both boasting dismal records of two wins and six losses clashing in Brisbane on Saturday. Gibson has branded the Suncorp Stadium encounter a must-win game for both sides. The New Zealander says he cant allow himself to think or worry about his own position, which is under increasing scrutiny after three consecutive losses the latest a capitulation to South African strugglers the Southern Kings. The Tahs have slipped to fourth in the Australian conference, eight points behind the pacesetting Brumbies. State of Origin fires up Reds SOME good old-fashioned State of Origin hate has been injected into the battling Queensland Reds ahead of their Super Rugby clash with NSW Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night. But Quade Cooper reckons the Reds wont need any extra motivation to break their sixgame losing run against the Waratahs. Cooper said the team was feeding off code hopper Kar Griffin hungry against Broncos THIS time, its personal. Sam Thaiday believes Penrith coach Anthony Griffin will be out for redemption when he faces off this week with the man who replaced him at Brisbane Wayne Bennett. The third-last Panthers are in need of inspiration ahead of Thursday nights clash with Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium after losing four straight. And Thaiday believed Griffin would provide it in a bid to get one over the man who replaced him at the Broncos helm after the 2014 season. I am sure Hook (Griffin) will have them fired up this week to play us, Thaiday said. Its almost a redemption round for him. He likes coming up against Wayne now. I am sure throughout this week he will be getting the boys pumped to play on Thursday night.
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