Wednesday 13 December 2017 / 06:08 PM

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: KEMPNICH SINKS KNIGHTS

Indulge us this Flashback Friday by reliving one of the Commentary Box Sports team’s most obscure premiership favourites from the 1990s.

Gold Coast fullback Alan Kempnich’s only attempt at goal in first grade was a memorable one.

The lowly Seagulls’ 1994 clash with Newcastle was Kempnich’s second first grade match – and his first in four years. But after regular goalkicker Wayne Bartrim exhausted himself scoring a late, long-range try to tie the game up at 10-all, Kempnich was called upon to win the game.

Kempnich drilled the sideline conversion attempt to secure one of the club’s five wins of ’94, a huge upset of a Knights side containing seven former or future Australian internationals.

The Indigenous youngster played just four more first grade games and was not required to kick for goal again, finishing his modest premiership career with a flawless record.

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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