I say 'first' not because we have never seen a battler
in Australian visual culture prior to this, but because the battler
is a type that has migrated to cinema from television since 1996.
LIFE'S A BEACH: Robbie Paul (centre) holds aloft the Northern Rail Cup flanked by Widnes Vikings mascot Kemik the Viking and his Batley counterpart Battler
the Bulldog on Blackpool beach
MANE LADY Cancer battler
Majella O'Donnell gets first haircut
EARLY ARRIVAL On hospital scan HOME Cuddles with Chelsea and Lee BUTTYFUL Newborn Lexi in sarnie bag BATTLER
Lexi with her mother
Guez, who is a dogged battler
, will be giving his absolute all in front of the Paris hordes, too, so backing Ferrer to win in three sets makes no appeal at the prices.
Smudge has always been a battler
- it's not easy to leave Leeds for United - and with Louis Saha still struggling maybe he's changed his season from one of frustration (where he nearly left to go on loan at Cardiff) to one of the best he'll ever have.
BLACK HILLS has been in the form of his life this season, having made the frame on all seven starts, and another win this campaign for Jonathan Geake's game battler
is not out of the question.
Bolton midfielder Speed also has the backing of the Wales players, with Birmingham battler
Robbie Savage voicing his support for the 35-year-old.
But the tiny battler
stubbornly clung on to life and, one year later, she is a healthy, happy baby living at home in Canton with proud mum Marissa and sister Sheila.
The little battler
lost her legs, one hand and all her fingers last year when she was struck down by a rare strain of meningitis.
So with another year and a few more miles on the clock, Celestial Halo may be the one to come out on top, especially as he seems more of a battler
than Binocular, who looks a shadow of his former self this term.
Belinda Holt, mum of leukaemia battler
Tom, left, pictured with younger son Louis, above right
But Fergie adds: "Even though you can see what the manager is doing, the team still needs a battler
Another great North battler
, Rob Mills, who fights out of the Sor Thanikul Thai Boxing and Knuckledragger camp, will trade blows in another welterweight match with DFM Reiver MMA tough Ryan Copland, who trains at the Alnwick School of MMA and Boxing.
20), no-one should discount Sir Michael Stoute's much-travelled battler
Rob Roy, writes Joseph Isherwood.