Sport

Seagulls half playing each game like it is his last

Yeppon player Jonathon Tavinor in the rugby league game against the Sharks.  Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Yeppon player Jonathon Tavinor in the rugby league game against the Sharks. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison ROK180514cleague5

RUGBY LEAGUE: Jonathan Tavinor takes his place one off the ruck, looks at the retreating defensive line and smiles.

He's back.

A torn meniscus saw the Yeppoon Seagulls halfback robbed of the entire 2016 season.

It left two minute holes in his knee, and bigger scars mentally. He found the sidelines a sorry place to be.

Approaching the twilight of a long and lustrous career, Tavinor is now treating every game like his last.

But scarily for the Rockhampton A-grade Rugby League competition, he says is in "the best shape of his career".

"I am enjoying my footy again for sure," the 30-year-old revealed. "At my age you take a lot less for granted."

"Last year was very tough. Very frustrating. And it was starting to look like I might have to call it quits.

"But I was at the right club. Having the right people around you to help you through helped a lot.

RRL Round 5

  • Fitzroy vs Woorabinda
  • Gladstone Brothers vs Tannum
  • Rocky Brothers vs Norths Chargers
  • Yeppoon vs Biloela
  • Valleys vs Emu Park

"That and with the amount of injuries we had, we were all in the same boat."

Looking back on the surgery, he calls it a blessing in disguise.

"I learnt a lot from the injury and good things came from it. I learnt a lot about rehabilitation and training and just generally how to look after your own body," he said.

"We have only played two games so far this year but the body is feeling great. I actually think I'm in the best shape of my life.

"Getting over that knee injury was difficult but I want to go on from here."

Yeppoon ground out premiers Norths Chargers 14-12 in Round 1 and trumped Emu Park 30-16 prior to the Easter break.

Tavinor at the helm, putting the polish on the rough gems that make up the youthful Seagulls side.

READ: Why Minto's Gulls are set to soar.

Gulls coach Scott Minto spoke highly of one of his most prized assets.

"He is one of those players that makes the whole side lift that 10%," Minto praised.

"I know I would have got up playing with him. He takes the line on and is just a leader by action with and without the ball.

"His timing is a little way off but he is going great guns."

Yeppoon won back to back premierships with Tavinor a main cog in 2014-15.

 

Seagulls player Jonathan Tavinor promo for the Nine a side Rugyb League carnival.
Seagulls player Jonathan Tavinor promo for the Nine a side Rugyb League carnival. Chris Ison ROK160217cleague1

Titles are not won in Round 3 yet signs of promise are evident.

RRL Ladder

1 Rockhampton Brothers: F 144, A 10

2 Yeppoon Seagulls: F 44, A 28

3 Norths Chargers: F 64, A 20

4 Woorabinda Warriors: F 90, A 60

5 Valleys: F 84, A 60

6 Emu Park: F 58, A 40

7 Past Brothers: F 52, A 92

8 Biloela Panthers: F 46, A 108

9 Tannum Sands: F 32, A 102

10 Fitzroys: F 16, A 110

"We can be as good as anyone. It is early days but we most definitely have the potential," he said.

"The young boys keep us on our toes and if we keep going how we are - we will be fine.

"2014 was a great side so if we can even be half as good as them that will be great."

Yeppoon sit in equal first with an undefeated start to the season, only behind Rockhampton Brothers on points differential.

Biloela, despite an 86 point hammering by Brothers, are in eighth place with one win and a loss.

The clash kicks off at Webb Park today at 6pm.

Topics:  jonathan tavinor rocky rugby league scott minto webb park yeppoon seagulls


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Whitsunday adopts new town plan

The new Whitsunday town plan has officially been adopted.

New town plan becomes official at Council meeting.

Airlie marathon to crown champion

PACED: Runners will get their first marathon at Airlie Beach Running Festival this year.

New marathon event also Nth Queensland Championship.

Great Barrier Reef worth $56 billion

The Deloitte Access Economics analysis warns of vast economic consequences unless more is done to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef worth $56 billion.

Local Partners

Minister tours Proserpine to inspect recovery

Queensland Minister visits Proserpine to inspect life after Debbie and says there's still a lot of work to be done.

Bundy mum blogging to get families offline

FAMILY FUN: Deonie Crowther is holding family craft sessions at the Windmill Cafe in Bargara.

Crafty projects a hit with parents and children

Take luxury food, wine tour around Toowoomba

FOODIE CULTURE: Emily Moon (left) and Cheryse Bliesner with the Hummer used for Toowoomba's Luxury Food and Wine Tour.

It is designed to highlight the best produce the region has to offer

Country music stars coming to Ipswich

Ipswich will get it's country on when The Country Superstars Tribute Show hits town on Friday, June 30 at Brothers Leagues Club.

A UNIQUE tribute show will bring a bit of country into the city.

Unfinished game raises over $130 million in sales

A video game that puts 100 players into a violent battle royal has already sold more than four million copies and it isn’t even close to polished

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dead aged 91

Paddington Bear.

Duffel-coated bear became an international superstar

Adele concert tours are no more: Star quits life on the road

After a mammoth world tour, Adele hints she may never hit the road again.

Adele’s heartbreaking note to fans on final night of world tour.

MOVIE REVIEW: The House wins for Ferrell

Jason Mantzoukas, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in a scene from The House.

Will Ferrell finally crank outs a decent comedy after two duds.

MOVIE REVIEW: Diary of a Wimpy Kid — The Long Haul

Jason Drucker in a scene from the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.

Latest film presses button on too many toilet gags.

Aly defends support for Richmond player banned for striking

Aly defends character reference for banned footballer Houli

No filter on talk in everyday Aussie workplaces

Hairdressers Nikki and Kathy star in Common Sense, the new TV series from the makers of Gogglebox.

Common Sense is like eavesdropping on water-cooler talk.

Housing pain as one in five Gladstone homes empty

DEPRESSING DATA: Census data has revealed Gladstone vacancies are on a rise.

Census data reveals number of unoccupied homes.

Agent judged among the world's best

Century 21 on Duporth principal Damien Said with team members Ryan Tomlinson, Jamie Smith, Kristie Cannon, Andrew Richardson and Sarah Beckman at the Maroochydore office.

Sunshine Coast real estate agent named in world-wide group's top 25

Island caretaker has weeks to live, abandons paradise

St Bees managing director Phil Webb, has been struck with illness and it has prompted the sale of the island.

His health has deteriorated in the past couple of months

Prime CBD site sold as laneway culture progresses

The Longs building Ruthven Street has been purchased by a group of investors to be renovated into a series of shops/eateries.  June 2017

How investors and council plan to transform the Toowoomba CBD

Gateway opens to $3b Coast mega estate

VISION: An artist's impression of the Palmview development 'Harmony' and its linear park.

New road provides link from the past to the future

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!