Magpies campaign a family affair
One family will have more reason to celebrate than any other if Moutere knock over Central in the Marlborough premier club competition grand final at Lansdowne Park tomorrow.
Three members of the McCormick family are involved in the Magpies' title quest: Marlborough Rugby Sub Union chairman Dave is the team's co-coach while sons Willie and Lochie are in the Moutere starting XV.
A former Moutere player himself, Dave said it was special to have three members of the family involved and felt that the team was more than ready for the challenge.
"It is quite special. We have just all come together at the right time . . . it has worked out well.
"The boys can't wait; they're keen as. As a team we already exceeded our expectations so I've just told them to enjoy it and go mad, there's no pressure on us."
While there is no chance Dave would strap on the boots to join his sons on the field tomorrow, he did play in Moutere's final round-robin match against Renwick two weeks ago.
He only lasted just over seven minutes before he came off with a knee injury and said that since then, Willie and Lochie had reminded him about it - a lot.
"They've been giving me heaps of crap about being too old. When we got home that day Lochie said to me: ‘Well, Dad, that's what happens when you mess with the big boys.' "
If Willie and Lochie hang around, there could well be four McCormicks involved with the Moutere premier side next year.
Youngest son Matt plays for their under-16 side and is keen to join his siblings and dad.
Just getting to the final had been a big achievement, said Dave, adding he had stressed to his players that tomorrow was all about enjoying the moment.
"It's been an awesome ride, so I told them they just need to make the most of it because they might not get to play in another one," he said.
The Marlborough Express