Sports stars delight Goodna crowds

By Yvonne Gardiner

ANY sports fan would be right at home inside the Fadez Mens Barbershop at St Ives Shopping Centre, Goodna.

Framed posters and memorabilia of rugby league and boxing line the walls of the shop.

Some top players are frequent customers and are happy being featured on the shop's website.

On Saturday morning, Fadez co-owners Jerry Lale and Michael Kemp invited three Brisbane Broncos players to meet the locals.

A long line of ardent fans greeted Darren Lockyer, Sam Thaiday and Greg Eastwood, who were celebrating a convincing win over the Newcastle Knights the night before.

"It was our intention from the start to make the shop really sporty," Mr Lale said.

"We get so many rugby league players that come in.

"The Newcastle Knights were here last Thursday."

Mr Kemp said the footballers were "paying" customers.

"Greg (Eastwood) gets his hair done here," Mr Kemp said.

"(Having sportsmen as customers) is good business for us.

"They get back to the community as well."

Australian professional rugby league player Israel Folau, currently with the Melbourne Storm, has visited Fadez for a style cut.

The shop has "great atmosphere (with) lots of fun and laughter", Folau announces on Fadez website.

Fans outside the shop on Saturday were collecting players' autographs on anything to hand, including shirts, posters and photos.

Renee Baker had driven from Herston in Brisbane so her children could have a close encounter with the league heroes.

"The children went to the game (on Friday night)," Ms Baker said.

"The atmosphere of the games is just wonderful."

Collingwood Park's Richardson family also went to Friday's game.

Brandi Richardson joined the long line-up at Goodna with her three children.

"My husband bought me a Darren Lockyer picture last year so I'm getting it autographed," Ms Richardson said.

Mr Kemp said Saturday's Broncos visit was the biggest event at Fadez since the shop opened six months ago.



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