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Bigfoot Robinson one of the best, says Boars president Todd Mitchell

HE doesn’t figure in all the try-scoring or point-scoring tables and has just the one point in the WEG Toohey’s G4 B&F Award.

However, Aaron Robinson does figure in the pain department. Big time. As in inflicting pain on rival forwards, backs or whoever gets in the road.

The man nicknamed Bigfoot is one of the hardest and best tacklers in the competition. Maybe the hardest-hitting for sure.

Club president Todd Mitchell said many at Moree regard him as the “best hitter” the club has seen for a long time.

“He works hard,” Mitchell said.

“Hits hard. 99 per cent of people out here rate him the best.”

Aaron was once a winger – a young 16- and 17-year-old, playing first grade in the outside backs for the Boars.

Bigfoot in action

He laughs at the memory of that playing under coaches such as the late “Poey” Raveneau and Trevor Tighe.

“Vids (Kootingal prop Chris Vidler) and I were the centres for the Group 4 Under 18s,” he recently told G4 Media.

Playing the game took him to Queensland where he played on the Sunshine and Gold Coasts for several years before returning home where the 36-year-old now works as a teacher’s aide at Moree High.

While he is 36 he is just as keen as he was in his teenage days and even more in the middle of the park where he gets to whack all and sundry daring to run the ball in tight.

“Love it tough,” he said.

“And I feel good,” he said of a body that he puts through plenty of tough physical strain each game.

Club president Todd Mitchell is in awe of his efforts.

“He’s got such a big motor,” he said of Robinson while also offering a few wise words as to why the Boars are travelling so well in their unbeaten season.

“No one’s getting carried away,” Mitchell added.

“They are all doing their job.”

That the Boars have come through a tough month has been impressive too.

“We have had three big trips away to Dungowan, North Tamworth and Kootingal and a home game against Boggabri and won all four,” Mitchell said.

“We’ve got a good run at home in the second round now with a big away game at Werris Creek. If we can win that we might be able to secure a major semi at home. That would be massive for us.”

Mitchell also has time for the Boars little fullback, Adrian Smith.

“He’s a special talent,” he said.

And for Robinson who will continue to be a leader for the Boars in a quest for another premiership.

WESTS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP TOOHEYS GROUP 4 BEST & FAIREST AWARD

All tables are unofficial and compiled by Group 4 Media.

FIRST GRADE

17: Adrian Smith (Moree).

10: Riley Leonard (Werris Creek).

9: Chris Vidler (Kootingal).

8: Mitch Doring (Dungowan).

7: Brenton Cochrane (M), Jack Cameron (D).

6: Dalton Desmond-Walker, Mitch Sheridan (North Tamworth), Kurt Hartmann (K), Lincon Smith (Gunnedah).

5: Thomas Browne, Isaah Millgate (WC), Matt Gillham, Kaylan Murray (Boggabri), Scott Blanch (NT).

4: Trent Taylor (D), Jamie Sampson (M), Dylan Lake, Nic Millar (B), Jeff Harvey, Kalab McMillan (Narrabri), Beau Parry (WC).

THIS WEEK

Round 9 – June 17/18

Saturday, June 17 – Boggabri v Werris Creek (Jubilee Oval, Boggabri), North Tamworth v Kootingal (Jack Woolaston Oval, North Tamworth),

Sunday, June 18: Gunnedah v Dungowan (Kitchener Park, Gunnedah), Moree v Narrabri (Boughton Oval, Moree).

Words: Geoff Newling