On June 3rd 2002, Rugby League lost a champion. Former test and origin player Tim Brasher hung up his boots and called it a day. A neck injury and not a drop in form forced Brasher to retire.
Brasher started his career with the Balmain Tigers in 1989 as a 17 year old. Plucked from school and given a chance to play in the big time, Brasher never looked back. He hardly ever had a bad game, and over his 13 year career was one of the most dangerous attacking footballers in the game. After leaving the Tigers, Brasher had a short stint with the South Sydney Rabbitohs before joining the North Queensland Cowboys, where he finished his career.
Brasher played in a total of 244 games for his three clubs, scoring 100 tries and kicking 105 goals. Brasher also represented New South Wales in the inter state Origin series against Queensland. Brasher player 21 games for the Blues, an achievement few have matched or bettered. In his 21 games Brasher scored 3 tries and kicked 9 goals. He was part of series winning teams in 1992, 93, 94, 96 and 97.
Brasher?s Test career included two world cups in 1992 and 1995, and a Kangaroo Tour in 1994. During his time in the green and gold Brasher played 31 matches, including 16 Test matches.
Tim Brasher will be missed by the Rugby league Fans who have watched him throughout his career, he was and always will be a champion, and will always be remembered as a great of our game.