Ron Slater says North Queensland will be outraged if his Billy doesn’t play in the upcoming grand final. Picture: Anna Rogers
Ron Slater says North Queensland will be outraged if his Billy doesn’t play in the upcoming grand final. Picture: Anna Rogers

Slater’s dad predicts local ‘blow up’

FAR north Queensland is preparing to declare war on the NRL if their favourite son Billy Slater is not free to play in the grand final.

And his dad, Ron, says there could be a "blow up" in his hometown of Innisfail if the 318-game superstar doesn't line up against the Roosters at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

"Can't say anything, but fingers crossed," the elder Slater said at the weekend.

Ron Slater says North Queensland will be outraged if his Billy doesn’t play in the upcoming grand final. Picture: Anna Rogers
Ron Slater says North Queensland will be outraged if his Billy doesn’t play in the upcoming grand final. Picture: Anna Rogers

"Far north Queensland loves Billy so it'll be a blow up.

"I have been speaking to him this morning actually, he's a bit worried.

"But we've just got to wait and see the outcome and then we'll go from there."

Fired up Queensland and Kangaroos legend Lionel Williamson was on Sunday leading the far north footy fight to clear Slater, and predicted mutiny if Slater is not cleared.

"Oh, yeah. They'll be real angry," the former Newtown Jets star said.

"It'll knock the town around. There's no doubt about that. I think the majority of the football public would feel the same way.

"Absolutely. There'll be rioting in the streets. Innisfail will be very upset. There'll be a war, I reckon."

Former Queensland teammate Ty Williams, who watched replays of the incident at the weekend, said Slater had little choice but to turn and brace for contact before crashing into Feki, hurtling both players across the sideline.

"I've watched it a few times and honestly, what else is he supposed to do?" Williams said.

"He's doing his best to stop a winger scoring a try in a preliminary final. I don't think there's too much to it, in that sense. I think if you go by the letter of the law and the way it's interpreted, it's a serious charge."