Almanac Rugby League: The longest minute – one epic Grand Final, one family’s story, one perfect piece of storytelling

 

Cathy Freeman in the 400m at Sydney, Australia II in the America’s Cup, Makybe Diva winning a third Melbourne Cup and the 1989 VFL Grand Final…all incredible Australian sporting moments now etched into folklore. Arguably up there with each of these moments is the 2015 NRL Grand Final between the North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos.

 

Sunday 4 October 2015 is indelibly etched into the minds of Cowboy supporters. After twenty years on a rollercoaster ride which promised so much, underachieved so often and came so close all too frequently, the Cows finally broke through for their first premiership! Off the field it wasn’t much easier as fans, in their day-to-day lives, experienced their own ‘hit-ups, break-ups, triumphs and heartbreak.’

 

Now a play has been written, inspired by the impact the game’s dying minute had on one girl, Jessica Wright. Jessica may not be a household name (or even a real person) but her powerful tale, sparked by the impossible conclusion to eighty minutes of drama, seems set to resonate with many people – not only Cowboys supporters but also women in sport, people from different cultural backgrounds and those who’ve been brought up thinking they’d never witness triumph over the odds. It’s a classic tale of sport imitating life, and vice versa.

 

You can catch performances in Cairns from 4-12 May at the Centre of Contemporary Arts, in Townsville from May 17-19, in Brisbane at the Cremorne Theatre from May 26-June 23 and in Rockhampton on June 28.

 

You can find more details about its run in Cairns here.

 

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