Three generations of men kicking on for grand final
THE men of Ballina's Hanson family have a strict rule: What happens on the soccer field stays on the soccer field.
And it's lucky they stick to that rule, or there could be some awkward moments at family get-togethers because the men share the rare experience of having three generations of the family involved in the same team.
Ross, 63, is the coach of the Tintenbar-East Ballina 5th division team, while his son Terry, 42, is a defender who is partnered at the back by his son Dane, 18.
The family rule was created just in case any of the trio had a poor performance.
It will face its toughest test this weekend. On Saturday, September 15, the three men will take part in the grand final to be played at Crozier Oval, Lismore. It's the first season three generations of Hansons have been involved in the same team.
And it will be the last for these three blokes. It will be Ross's last game in the role of coach, while Terry is 'still thinking' of backing up for another season next year.
The pup, Dane, has plenty of years ahead of him. Soccer is definitely in the blood, with all three taking up the sport at a young age.
They all agree Saturday's game will be a special moment, and they hope to top it off with a win. On the field, the family link puts more pressure on Terry and Dane.
"Nobody gets any favours," said Ross. "I probably expect more of them especially Terry because of his experience."
And Dane can't keep what he's been up to the night before a game a secret from his coach. "They know if I've been out on Friday night then I'm in trouble," he said.
Terry has been coached by his Dad since he was aged five. He joked that he reckons he's now teaching his old man a few things.
But his Dad is still in charge. "I've still got to listen," he said.
They are all proud to be taking part in this special family moment.
Throughout the 16 rounds of this season, the boys have stuck with their family rule. No doubt that rule will be kicked into touch if they have a win on the weekend especially if they all perform well.