In February this year we introduced you to Brad Arthur’s sons, Jake and Matt. We were able to share a photo of Brad and the boys with the Auckland Nines trophy, and we told you a little bit about their achievements in rugby league.
Recently Matt (Boods) Arthur just about scooped the pool at his end of year presentation night. After a big season he picked up gongs for Best and Fairest, Mod Player of the Year and the Representative Player Award. Throw in captaincy of the successful PSSA Met West team and you have a year to remember. Boods is a dynamo out of dummy half, providing great direction and potent darts out of the ruck. He thrives in defence and regularly tops the tackle count.
Whilst we’re at it we should congratulate older brother Jake and his Rouse Hill Rhinos under 14 team mates for winning the 2016 PDJRL title in a rugged encounter against Canley Vale. TCT were at Pirtek Stadium to witness this enthralling match in which the Rhinos overcame their much bigger opponents. The Rouse Hill boys later went on to easily defeat the Penrith champions in the battle of the West. Jake is a skilful half who has excelled in this year’s Parramatta Eels Under 14 Development Squad.
Matt and Jake are the fifth generation of the Arthur family to be involved with Parramatta in a connection which stretches back to 1947 when three generations of the family were at the very first match at Cumberland. May that connection continue for many generations more!