Flying the family flag

THE whole of Griffith will be watching when Andrew Fifita makes his Origin debut tonight – but one family will be cheering the loudest.
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Fifita’s Griffith family, the Ngus, will watch with pride when he takes to the field for NSW.

As a troubled teenager Fifita’s family encouraged him to move away from Blacktown to live in Griffith.

With the help of his uncle, Ali Ngu, he was able to turn his life around.

Twenty-four-year old Viliami Ngu said he was looking forward to watching his cousin and former Griffith Waratahs teammate play for NSW.

“Everyone is really proud of him,” Mr Ngu said.

“He took a big step when he came to Griffith to get out of trouble.

“He has worked hard to get to this level and we are all extremely happy for him.”

Fifita has certainly come a long way from the rebellious teen that landed in Griffith in 2006 to become the giant Cronulla Sharks prop, ready to represent his state for the first time at Origin level tonight at a packed ANZ Stadium.

“My dad was strict with him,” Mr Ngu said. “He lived with us for about four years. Dad is exceptionally proud of how he’s changed and turned his life around.

“He has been ringing us every now and then and is grateful for everything we did for him.

“I’ll probably go down and watch the game at the Sporties club with mates.

“It is nice to think Griffith is behind him and proud of what he has been able to achieve.

“He made a lot of friends when he was living here.

“It is great to see that he has stepped up to a bigger life now.”

Fifita is the fourth local to represent the Blues.

Born and bred Ray Brown was the first Waratah, followed by Len Bertollo from the Waratahs and Black and White Laurie Moraschi.

TEAM FIFITA: The Ngu family, (back) Ali, Shorne, 16, Mele, 17, Viliami, 24, Teu, (front) Serena, 9, and Lakai, 11, will be cheering Andrew Fifita on from afar when he plays his debut State of Origin game tonight. Picture: Anthony Stipo

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