Proud family cheer on Taylor
EVERY Friday night, Rockhampton's Myra and Clancye Wehlow tune in to watch all the NRL action, but tonight they're in for an extra special treat.
They love their footy and will be cheering on Australia in tonight's clash with New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland for more reasons than one.
Myra is Dave Taylor's maternal grandmother, and Clancye, who works at Woolworths in Allenstown, is the CQ rugby league star's proud aunt.
While Taylor's parents Logan and Sharon will be watching their son make his debut for Australia from back home in Blackwater, Myra and Clancye will lead the "Coal Train's" cheer squad in Rockhampton.
"Friday night's our night for football ... and Saturday or Sunday when Dave's playing. We are very proud of him," an excited Myra said yesterday.
"Clancye knows all the teams and all the players, she loves her footy."
Taylor, who was born in Rockhampton, started playing rugby league in under-7s for the Blackwater Crushers before moving to Yeppoon for high school to further his promising footy career at St Brendan's College.
Myra can still remember her grandson kicking the footy around at a young age.
In fact, that's where Taylor crafted his "grubber" kick seen in the NRL in recent weeks, according to the South Sydney forward's No.1 fan.
"He was always kicking a football, that's all he ever did. He lived for kicking the football or riding a bike," she said.
"I always thought he'd go ahead with his football but I never thought he'd go this far. He's just marvellous."
It's double celebrations for Taylor, whose youngest daughter, Aliah, turns one today.
Taylor's other grandmother, Tema White, will also be cheering her grandson on from Rockhampton's Eventide Home tonight.
He was born in Rockhampton on August 7, 1988.
Dave started playing rugby league in under-7s for the Blackwater Crushers.
At just 17 and still at school at St Brendan's College in Yeppoon, Dave made his NRL debut for the Broncos against his current club South Sydney in 2006.
He has already donned the green and gold for the Australian Schoolboys and Junior Kangaroos.
The CQ product has also played four State of Origin games for Queensland and represented the Prime Minister's XIII and NRL All Stars.