But the NRL's indigenous pathways manager, Dean Widders, wants his people greater represented at the top tables across all sectors of society. [93] In Round 10 against the Sydney Roosters, Thurston played his 200th club match for the Cowboys, scoring a try and kicking 7 goals in the 42–10 win at 1300SMILES Stadium. Thurston played 24 matches, scored 3 tries, kicked 90 goals and kicked 1 field goal for the Cowboys in the 2012 NRL season. [48] In Australia's first match of the tournament Thurston, despite mourning the murder of his uncle in a Brisbane park less than 38 hours prior, put in a strong performance to be named man-of-the-match in the Kangaroos 30–6 win over the Kiwis at the Sydney Football Stadium. Given their Grand Final appearance in 2017 and Thurston's retirement from representative football, the Cowboys were tipped to have another tilt at the finals and potentially another Grand Final, however they fell well short, finishing 13th overall & failing to qualify for the finals. Thurston also led the Cowboys alongside Matt Bowen and Brent Tate to the 2013 finals with a run of 6 consecutive wins. [47] On 7 October 2008, Thurston was confirmed in the final 24-man Australian squad. In the post-season, Thurston joined the Australian squad that travelled to Europe for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. Dally M Halfback of the Year: 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015 [130] In March 2015 the pair welcomed their second daughter Charlie Grace Thurston. FUN FACTS. Born on April 25 #38. [37] On 4 September 2007, Thurston won the Halfback of the Year and the Dally M Medal Player of the Year Award for the second time in three years, narrowly edging out Wests Tigers' Robbie Farah due to his strong performances in the final rounds of the regular season. Mr Thurston was also snapped running the Townsville streets with former Opposition Leader Bill Shorten while he was on the campaign trail last month. [31] The Cowboys suffered without Thurston and missed the finals coming at 9th place, Thurston finished the year with him playing in 17 matches, scoring 11 tries and kicking 49 goals. On 13 February 2010, Thurston was selected for the inaugural Indigenous All Stars team against the NRL All Stars at halfback, kicking 2 goals and was named the Preston Campbell Medal man-of-the-match in the 16–12 win at Cbus Super Stadium. Thurston, a noted Indigenous player and co-captain of the North Queensland Cowboys, visited Aurukun in December. [100][101] Thurston was ruled out of Australia's 2014 Four Nations campaign due to a shoulder injury. Also in 2008, he was named as halfback of the Australian Aboriginal team of the century. Thurston had a great season in 2003 as the club sought to avenge the stripping of its competition points when it headed the premiership table the previous year. [114] In Round 7, Thurston scored his 1000th point at 1300SMILES Stadium when he kicked a conversion against the South Sydney Rabbitohs as Cowboys went on to blow out the Rabbitohs in a 44–18 victory. It was on receiving that fateful call from his wife that Thurston spoke firstly to his teammate and childhood hero Darren Lockyer. In 2015, Thurston was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from James Cook University for his "outstanding service and exceptional contributions to the northern Queensland community. Dally M Medal Player of the Year: 2005, 2007, 2014, 2015 [3][4] Thurston was an Australian international, Queensland State of Origin and Indigenous All Stars representative. "He actually captained the Met West side to the State Championship when he was 12. Australian Representative Player of the Year: 2014 Thurston was rewarded for a fantastic 2011 season with the Golden Boot Award. [109] On 4 October 2015, at the 2015 NRL Grand Final against Queensland rivals the Brisbane Broncos, after North Queensland Cowboy's winger Kyle Feldt scored an 80th minute try to tie the game. Thurston had been nagged by injury troubles all through 2017. Thurston was chosen to play halfback for the first and second games against New Zealand where he was rewarded 'Man of Match' honours for the first game. [53] In Game Two at ANZ Stadium, Thurston helped Queensland win 24–14, making history as the first side to win four consecutive series. [112] On 15 December 2015, Thurston was named at halfback and captain for the Indigenous All Stars team to play against the new World All Stars team on 13 February 2016. Johnathan Thurston opened up old wounds in his autobiography that he thought he would never speak about, none more hurtful than the tragic death of his uncle Richard Saunders in 2008. "There's obviously been a lot of trouble up there, so to all the students there, I just want you to believe in yourselves and keep turning up to school.". He was also the 2015 Clive Churchill Medallist for grand final man of the match. [102], On 13 February 2015, Thurston was selected to play at halfback for the Indigenous All Stars in the 2015 All Stars match at Cbus Super Stadium. [11][12] In round 21 against the North Queensland Cowboys, Thurston scored his first and second NRL career tries in Canterbury-Bankstown's 34–26 win at Dairy Farmers Stadium. According to Thurston's manager Sam Ayoub, the player had wanted to stay at Canterbury even if it had meant a diminished salary but had been told that leaving was the best option.[22]. "We played Fiji in the semi-final that week knowing how much it meant to my family, and I got man of the match in that game," he said. or Queensland five-eighth Johnathan Thurston has sent a message to the students of an embattled Indigenous school after his side's State of Origin win. Thurston was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, to a Gunggari (Indigenous Australian) mother and a New Zealand-born father. [21], In 2015, it was revealed that Thurston had wanted to stay at Canterbury beyond the 2004 season but the management at the club had re-signed Brent Sherwin and Braith Anasta.

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