Author(s): John Ellicott
Billy Slater is a finely crafted portrait of a star of Rugby League. This north Queenslander had his rugby origins in the tough local Foley Shield competition in which his father played. Through the eyes of former players and coaches we learn of the great rivalries at play as Queensland towns battled it out for the Foley Shield, told alongside the story of Billy's Spanish background, and his family's beginnings in rugged far north Queensland. Billy's early struggles to get into the game meant he almost gave up rugby to work in the horse-racing industry. In League he was once told he was too slow and unlikely to ever play, but persistence saw him rise from nowhere to the Storm team and eventually he was heralded as one of the greatest Rugby League players in the world. Billy Slater recounts the highs and lows of his journey to the peak of his career.
John Ellicott is a published author and journalist with a keen interest in sports writing.