Hillgrove House's super-keen Bulldogs fan Gwen Tapper had a lovely surprise on Thursday when home-grown NRL player Adam Elliott stopped in for a chat.
Adam was home in Tathra for a brief family visit during a bye week for his club, but took time out to stop by the Bega nursing home to catch up with Gwen.
She loves his visits and was still raving about their chat in February when the Bulldogs came to Bega to play the Raiders in a trial game.
"I couldn't believe it, it's lovely," Gwen said of Adam's visit on Thursday
"I've been a fan since I was about 30 I guess, and I'm 88 now.
"They always know here [Hillgrove House] when the Bulldogs are playing - there's always plenty of noise," she added with a chuckle.
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Adam said it was "always great to see Gwen" when he's down this way, sharing stories and banter about the big games.
Among the topics this time was of course Sunday's State of Origin game two, in which fellow home-town hero Dale Finucane is to make his first appearance.
The former Bega Rooster made his NRL debut for the Bulldogs as well before moving to the Melbourne Storm after several seasons where he is now a joint vice-captain.
"We're all very proud - although he should've been picked [for Origin] five years ago," Gwen said.
"I used to babysit Dale actually. I used to carry him around on my hip and pick up after him!"
As for Adam, he's recovering from a "niggling injury" that has tested him for the past six or seven weeks he said.
However, he was flying back to Sydney first thing Friday to see a physio and "to get it right".
"We have a bye this weekend and then we play the Sharks next weekend and I'm aiming to be right for that one."