‘Pods’ Answers SOS Call As Shoremens’ Pack Left Undermanned

by Paul Cook - “When he asks you to come and help out, you say yes,” says Scott Podmore, when asked how he came to be named on the Northern Suburbs team sheet for last Saturday’s Shute Shield game against Manly, despite being happily retired from the game for a year. The ‘he’ in question is Norths’ captain, Ben Matwijow, a former team mate and erstwhile protégé of Podmore and friends, having done most of his ‘growing up’ as a footy player under the veteran hooker’s watchful eyes. “People like myself, ‘Lahie’ (former prop Nick Lah) and Steve Evans sort of raised ‘Matj’ as a player and we’re pretty proud of how he’s playing now so I wasn’t going to say no when he called,” explains Podmore. “I wish he’d twisted Lahie’s arm a bit harder than mine because it would have been good to get the band back together but I was happy to help out and hopefully, I was of some benefit.” The reason for the out-of-the-blue SOS call was the injury crisis th
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