Player appearances are an occasion that pupils will note down as an excitable day as they are given the opportunity to ask whatever question they please to their heroes. It was Joe Westerman’s turn in December last year, and the Ponte lad was put on the spot by Aberford’s class four.
Controlling emotion is a huge part of being a professional rugby league player and the first question asked: “what do you do when you get angry on the pitch?”
Joe responded by saying “when you get angry on the pitch, you try to keep calm, don’t let your head go because that can lead to making rash decisions.”
With that emotion comes the acceptance of losing and Joe was quizzed on how he kept himself motivated after facing a defeat.
“When you lose a game, you look back at the game and see all the positive things that you’ve done, as well as the bad. You try and cut them out for the training the week after and hopefully then in the game the week after you can get things right.”
Westerman grew up a Castleford player during his late teen years, making 103 appearances for the club. Joe’s return following 12 years away from the Tigers has thrilled the supporters and the 32-year-old was asked what made him come back to his boyhood club.
“I wanted to join Castleford Tigers because growing up as a kid, I supported them from being six years-old. All my friends and family watched them from when I started playing so it was a dream of mine to play for them, especially to come back to the Club I represented as a young kid.”
Some tremendous questions asked by pupils of Aberford Primary School as well as a helpful insight into the professional sport through Joe Westerman.