Bird’s the word for Woodies ahead of bumper top four clash against Students

By Matt Findlay; Photo - Karen Watson Jackson Bird basically grew up at TG Millner, playing his junior rugby with Hillview at Marsfield Oval and regularly heading across the road to watch on as the likes of Ben Batger, Gareth Palamo and Tim Donnelly lit up Eastwood’s track. So you can imagine the thrill the 24-year-old’s had in recent years being coached by a handful of the Woodies’ legends, and now Batger in the club’s Shute Shield outfit. After a few years floating in and out of the top grade Bird’s found his home at fullback in the side’s run to second, the Woodies trail competition leaders Warringah by just one point heading into Saturday’s 12th round. “I’m in a good spot. I played all my footy just across the road growing up … I’ve been in and around the club for a few years now and it’s good to be playing first grade and getting a good run of it,” Bird told Rugby News. “At a club like Eastwood you do have to earn your stripes. You need t