By: Patrick Loughlin
Published by: Random House
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 9780857982469


A junior fiction series for boys about a local boys' rugby league team who get special coaching and advice from star NRL player Billy Slater.

Josh can play footy. He's fast and fleet-footed and a blur down the sideline.

But every time he steps onto the field a stampede of elephant-sized butterflies invade his stomach and he fumbles the ball.

Having his footy-mad grandad screaming from the sidelines doesn't help. To top it off, he blows an easy try and loses his team the opening game of the season. Josh starts thinking about giving up football forever.

That is, until NRL legend and Josh's hero, Billy Slater, turns up at training one day.

Can Billy help Josh overcome his nerves and hang onto the ball long enough to score?


Imagine playing in your first season of your most loved sport and your idol appears to help you and your team.

This is what happens to Josh when Billy Slater arrives as his coaches friend to help his Rugby League team, the Under 11 West Hill Ravens.

So when Josh gets so nervous that he can’t even catch the ball, Billy suggests just the thing to help him overcome his fears. But this is much more than just a Rugby League book. It also highlights the important message of being part of a team, enjoying the game and just going out and giving your sport a try.

Any primary school student will enjoy this high action story and we look forward to Billy’s series highlighting other players in the team as the series continues.

This title was included in our May 2014 Primary Fiction Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Rob.