England right at home: Graham

first_imgThe English squad is comprised of many players who have left the mother country to play a starring role in the NRL, but Graham said that wouldn’t be an issue heading into this weekend’s game against New Zealand. “Obviously a fair few of us are plying our trade over in Australia. That’s just football, isn’t it?” he said. “There are lads from other clubs that play against each other and stuff like that. It’s not really an issue. We all get on really well. Whether you play anywhere in Super League or anywhere in NRL, we all get on really well.”Five players made their international debuts in the 40-6 win over France last weekend, including Jonny Lomax, whose long road to recovery has left a lasting impression on Graham. The St Helens fullback suffered a serious head injury as a teenager which required emergency open skull surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Despite the nature of the injury, the 26-year-old has forged a stellar career in the Super League, and his exploits have struck a chord with Graham.  “[They’re settling in] really, really well actually,” the Bulldogs skipper said of the new faces in the English side. “One lad in particular I’m really pleased for is Jonny Lomax. If you look at the story, he’s had some injuries and some stuff before that when he was a bit younger. “I was so proud to be alongside him and to play with him on his first cap. I really, really can’t speak highly enough of that kid. I’m so pleased for him.”Graham suffered a head injury of his own on the weekend which forced from the field with 10 minutes to go and will need to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday’s game (AEST) against the Kiwis. He admitted to feeling “a bit sore” at the end of the match, but it appears more than likely that he will line up for England this weekend. The 31-year-old identified New Zealand’s monster forward pack as something England needed to stop, otherwise star Kiwis halfback Shaun Johnson would likely hurt them as he did in the epic 2013 World Cup semi-final. And while New Zealand’s threat is there for the world to see, Graham hopes home-ground advantage could serve as England’s secret weapon in a match that will likely see the winner advance to the Four Nations final. “We’re expecting a really tough Kiwi team,” he said. “They’re really strong through their middle forwards, and obviously Johnson off the back of that. It’s going to be tough for us. “We know they’re a quality side, but [I’m] really looking forward to playing at Huddersfield. [There’ll be a] full house, and it should be a great atmosphere. “I can’t wait to play on English soil. To play in front of friends and family is really important to me and something that I’ve really missed, so I can’t wait.”last_img read more

`Hut’ making return

first_img“Who knows how many of the exhibit’s other structures could’ve been lost,” he said. Santa Fe Springs Fire Department investigators have not been able to determine the origin of the fire because there was too much damage, said Janet Ortiz, the department’s spokesperson. The investigation by the fire marshal and the Whittier Police Department is ongoing. Work began on rebuilding the structure, with fire-retardant synthetic thatch, the week after Thanksgiving and will cost about $60,000, Edwards said. The expense is covered by insurance, the city and private donors, Edwards said. The crew from Hondo Company Inc. is expected to finish the project by the end of the year. The exhibit also features a sweat lodge, granary (a storage place for acorns), and ramada (a shaded shelter for outside work) replicating a Tongva village. It was open to the public, minus the Kiche, a day after the fire. Tavera said hundreds of schoolchildren visit the exhibit weekly from October through April, along with the general public. “It’s our most popular attraction,” she said. Now the children, in addition to learning about the world of the Tongva, learn about the dangers of fire. “We have used the incident to teach the importance of fire safety,” Edwards said. Extra lights, an alarm system and more security have been installed to help protect the building. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe original hut, known as a kiche, took a year to build by descendants of the Tongva, the first residents of Santa Fe Springs. “All the labor of love may have been lost in the fire,” Edwards said, “but the spirit was not.” The thatch structure, which is a replica of a Tongva home large enough for a family of five, went up in flames in a matter of minutes about 1 a.m. on Sept. 12. “It was completely gone,” said park program Director Mary Tavera, who was one of the first people on the scene. Edwards said surrounding trees were burned, and surmised if it had been windy at the time of the fire, the damage could’ve been much worse. • Video: Heritage Park SANTA FE SPRINGS – All that was left standing of a 15-foot hut to honor the original people of Santa Fe Springs at Heritage Park was its metal frame. The rest – thatch, vines and other brush used to cover it – was completely burned in a suspected arson fire in September. “It was devastating,” said Jerry Edwards, interim supervisor of Heritage Park. last_img read more