Western Australian recruits loving life on the land at Henty

NEW EXPERIENCE: William Farrer and Dale and Daniel Cox take a break from rebuilding a woolshed near Henty. Picture: MARK JESSER
NEW EXPERIENCE: William Farrer and Dale and Daniel Cox take a break from rebuilding a woolshed near Henty. Picture: MARK JESSER

IT’S almost 4500-kilometres from the small Western Australian town of Halls Creek to Henty.

But some old-fashioned community spirit has made first-cousins Daniel and Dale Cox and William Farrer feel right at home with the Swampies.

The trio have picked up work on the farms of Henty players and officials with Daniel saying his first couple of weeks in the Riverina had been a huge eye-opener.

“It’s my first time on a farm – it’s a bit different from anything I’ve done before,” Daniel said.

“We round sheep up, weigh lambs and do shed work and are helping build a woolshed.

“Things like that.

“I’ve done nothing like this.”

If the truth be known, their only disappointment since arriving at Henty is failing to catch a goanna.

Try as they might, Daniel says they have come up empty-handed.

“We’re on a search for one but haven’t got lucky yet,” he said.

“Hopefully we can get one soon.”

The lifestyle is clearly agreeing with the cousins judging by their opening round performances against reigning premier Osborne at Osborne.

Dale was lightning across half-back, Daniel dominated in the midfield and Farrer was close to best afield in the first-half in attack.

“It was good to have a run with the boys,” Daniel said.

“The footy is a bit more contested here.

“I played for Cable Beach in Broome last year and it’s not as close in up there.”

While the Cox cousins grew up at Halls Creek, Farrer originates from Balga Community Centre which is about three hours away from them.

The link to Henty came through new coach Joel Price.

Price coached Farrer at Howlong last season after first coming across him through his cousins while playing for Southern Districts in the Northern Territory several years ago.

“They have been terrific,” Price said.

“They are loving the new experiences of working on a farm and I think their performances on the weekend were a credit to how they are feeling.

“Daniel got an award on Saturday night and got up and thanked the whole community for welcoming them.”

It comes as no surprise that Daniel has made an immediate impression after he appeared on television reality show The Recruit in 2016.

Dale, 18, played for TAC Cup team Greater Western Victoria Rebels last season after receiving a sporting scholarship.

Henty take on CDHBU at Henty on Saturday.