A BROKEN nose from the game against the Rabbitohs last week wasn't going to stop Johnathan Thurston coming to town.
The popular Cowboys half had some dark bruising around the eyes but the ever-present smile still beamed from ear to ear.
"Yeah, I copped a stray boot in the face and it is a broken nose but the doc straightened it out for me, so my modelling career is still intact," he laughed, while mingling with guests at a sponsored lunch.
"There's a few stitches in the melon too," he added, with that smile again.
Thurston was attending a lunch sponsored by Mackay Toyota and Auto Corner, chatting freely with the guests after having lunch with a lucky fan at Burp restaurant.
Earlier in the day Thurston attended Mackay State High school and spoke to some of the indigenous students and league students there about life matters.
"I get a lot of enjoyment out of it as they are the next generation of our culture so I like getting out there and trying to give them a bit of a hand and give some positive news, point them in the right direction for their own lives," he said.
"I gave them an insight into the journey of my life so far, and what I thought was important for them to succeed in their lives. Footy of course was the main topic of conversation at lunch with the Toyota Cowboys' current form being the subject matter.
"We need to string a few wins together for sure, we created opportunities against Souths but couldn't get the ball over the line," he said.
"But if we apply the same attitude we had against Souths that night we'll go a long way to getting the win on Saturday night, over the Roosters."
Discussing State of Origin is still not on Thurston's radar but his earliest memory as a child was one of Wally Lewis scoring a try in the corner, dummying to no one, then palming off Garry Jack.
"They're the memories that live with us forever," said Thurston.
TALK ABOUT FATHERHOOD
RUMP steak was the meal of choice for both Andergrove's Dennis Sorensen and his famous lunch partner, Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston.
"Mine was medium rare," said Sorensen, 61, who was the lucky winner of a competiton run by Mackay Toyota.
"Not sure what his (Thurston's) was," he said.
"I had a couple of beers and he had water."
So what does a dedicated Cowboys fan talk about when an opportunity like this comes along, speaking to a man who is a dual Dally M winner and achieved the highest honour in league, a Golden boot World Player of the Year award? Cowboys form perhaps, Origin maybe?
'"We talked about life in general and babies,'' Sorensen said. "He's going to be a father shortly and I told him his life is just about to start a lot for the better now. I'm a grandfather now, so I think I know everything."
"It was good."
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