The last time Greg Inglis played in the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout, he was just 15 years old.
He has since become a household name in the NRL, winning premierships with the Melbourne Storm and captaining the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Queensland in the State of Origin.
His much-awaited return to the Knockout this year didn’t quite go to plan – his Wall Street Warriors were knocked out in Saturday’s opening round match against Combined Countries 22-6.
But with about seven members of the team under the age of 18, Inglis is excited for the future of the club he started with cousin Stephen Blair 12 months ago.
“Wall Street is a street were we grew up and we’d just go to different front yards and play football after school pretty much every day,” Inglis said.
“So back to where it all started.
“It’s a young side and I’m just glad we’ve got our family and mob playing together.”
Inglis loves the Koori Knockout, but he did admit there’s somewhere he would have preferred to be this weekend – in Sydney, preparing for the NRL grand final.
His South Sydney Rabbitohs fell short of an appearance in the 2018 decider, suffering a devastating 12-4 defeat at the hands of the Sydney Rabbitohs in last weekend’s preliminary final.
But there was a lot to take away from the season for a side that finished third after 12th-place finishes in 2016 and 2017.
“I’m extremely proud of the boys,” Inglis said of his Rabbitohs.
“No one gave us a hope of making the finals this year after the last few years and, you know, that talent that we had throughout the squad.
“It was obviously unfortunate that we couldn’t get over the last hurdle to get to the grand final.”