The powerful Roosters back-rower was the logical choice following the representative retirement of long-serving Origin talisman Paul Gallen.The 24-year-old trails only Brad Fittler and current Origin coach Laurie Daley in terms of the youngest Blues Origin skippers but is a natural leader who has long seemed old beyond his years.Addressing media at The Star following the team announcement on Monday night, Cordner said the honour “means the world” to him.And his first call once he spoke to Daley was to his father Chris.”I was on my way home from the [Bulldogs] game [Sunday] night, driving a few of the boys and Laurie’s name came up on the screen,” Cordner said.”I gave him a call back and he let me know he wanted me to be captain. I can’t really describe how I felt at the time. It’s an unbelievable honour. For me it’s one of the highest honours you can get, captaining your state.”Cordner also confessed to a little relief at finally getting the confirmation after his name became linked more strongly to the role amid a host of other worthy candidates such as Aaron Woods, Wade Graham and Josh Jackson.”Just to find out from Laurie was an unbelievable feeling. A lot of joy, maybe a few tears. It’s something I’m very proud of,” he said.”I called my dad straight away…” Cordner’s voice trailed off in a wave of emotion before he added “I need to get myself together a bit! He’s been my number one supporter all my life. He’s just super proud.”Daley said he had no doubts over Cordner’s leadership credentials.”I spoke to Boyd [Sunday] night and asked him whether he’d want the job,” Daley said.”Not all guys are suited to it. Not all guys want the responsibility but he was quite excited and happy that I chose him.”I think he’s a great fit for us because he’s the next generation of player coming through.”Any doubts over Cordner’s passion and dedication for the sky blue jersey – if they existed – could be erased by watching a replay of Game One last year. Cordner broke a sesamoid bone in his toe scoring a crucial first half-try – his team’s only points of the game. The injury put him out for six weeks, including the remainder of the Origin series, but he still finished the match, which ended in a tight 6-4 loss to the Maroons.Cordner said he will look to take some lessons from other leaders he has played under, including the Blues’ most recent skipper who played through plenty of adversity himself through a rugged Origin career.”Past leaders that I’ve had, especially Gal is someone that I looked up to coming through,” Cordner said.”The way he went about his business, he’s tough, he’s resilient, he led by his actions. he’s been an inspiration for this team for a while now and that’s something I looked up to so hopefully I can take some parts out of that and continue to grow myself and find my way.”This will be a younger NSW team than last year with debutant Nathan Peats taking over from veteran Robbie Farah at hooker and 23-year-old Manly tyro Jake Trbojevic’s bench debut essentially taking Gallen’s place in the 17 via a reshuffle from Game 3 last year.”It’s a great team,” Cordner said.”Everyone that’s been selected has been in some great form this year.”Our debutants, Jake Trbojevic and Nathan Peats, they’ve been knocking on the door for a while now and deserve their chance.” Photo: NRL (NSW captain Boyd Cordner will make his first Origin appearance in Game One since the corresponding fixture last year).
3 min read Entrepreneur Staff Listen Now Image credit: Jonathan Small Add to Queue –shares Jonathan Small Back in 2003, Tim Blake was looking for a way to celebrate all of his cannabis growing comrades in Mendocino County, California. He noticed that other agriculture industries usually had celebrations at the end of harvest, so why shouldn’t marijuana growers? “I always like those country fairs — the sights and smells and I thought, we should do that with cannabis,” he says.Only one problem. Although medical marijuana was legal in the state back in the day, many of his growing friends weren’t exactly on the up and up. This made advertising the event impossible. But word got around and somehow Blake managed to gather 100 people at his farm called Area 101 and give out a dozen or so rewards for their flower. Some people were so concerned about being caught that they wore masks to the event. Even some of those who won awards for their pot didn’t come up to the stage to accept their prize for fear of being identified. But an iconic event was born. The Emerald Cup. The first-ever open public consumption cannabis competition in the U.S.Related: This Is How Your Cannabis Is GrownCannabis Isn’t the Only Thing GrowingThis weekend marks the 15th Emerald Cup. The event is no longer held in the woods but at the sprawling Sonoma County Fair Grounds in Santa Rosa. Thirty-thousand people are expected to attend this year — a number that’s grown since the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state. Back in the day, you had to have a medical license to get in the door. Now all you need is a photo ID that proves you’re legal age. The lively event is home to cannabis vendors, organic food trucks, garden parties, presentations on topics such as “Cannabis Spirituality” and “The Future of Vaping,” live music and even a live podcast from stoner icons Jay and Silent Bob.There’s a Morrocan-themed VIP room, regenerative agriculture exhibit, and a consumption area that’s clearly designated by neon green signs that read “Cannabis consumption is all good beyond this point.” The air is so thick with smoke here, you’d think the entire Emerald Triangle was on fire. True to Emerald Cup tradition, five hundred entries across multiple categories including flowers, concentrates, edibles, CO2 cartridges, topicals and a range of CBD categories, will compete for Emerald Cup honors. Winners receive hand-crafted glass trophies made by local artists and a ton of bragging rights. Related: The Cannabis Industry’s Largest Conference Showcases a Maturing Industry Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur At The Emerald Cup The Cannabis Runneth Over Next Article Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Green Entrepreneur Podcast December 16, 2018 Competition