By Emma Quayle
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The room became like an extra locker; Junior would drop off books, pick others up and . . oh, while he was there, ask if Rob had happened to hear from his mum. But gradually, he dropped by less and less. He found some friends, and found his way. Waking up each morning, he got through the day, then he woke up the next morning and did it all again. He was moved into a room with Charlie Blanch, a kid who had just moved down from Wangaratta, and started to understand that everyone in the boarding house had left home behind, not just him.
His father, John, had taught at Wodonga Catholic College for almost 30 years and his mother had returned there once the kids were grown up enough. In Year 7, Ben’s father, John, took his class for sex education. ‘That was a little bit . . strange,’ Ben conceded. People used words like organised and efficient to describe Ben and living where he did demanded a certain single-mindedness. He did his pre-season running alone in a paddock, sprinting between tennis balls, and dragged a bundle of branches down from the hills to set up some makeshift goal posts and practise his kicking.
On the morning of Nathan’s draft, Junior had been standing outside the boarding house with Stewie, waiting for a cab. All morning they’d been nagging each other to hurry, and now they were going to miss it. By the time the pair made it to their cousin Dean’s place and switched on the radio, the draft was up to pick 40. They heard what felt like every name but Nathan’s read out, then one of the commentators mentioned the Cats’ fast and flashy new recruit, the No. 25 pick. Nathan came around later that day, already tucked into a blue and white polo shirt.