It is not everyday a child gets to play a sport alongside one of their parents, but on Sunday there were four different father-son duos doing just that.
Tamar Churinga Hockey Club prides itself on its family focused nature and this year four father-son pairs are running out for the Northern division two men’s competition side.
Lee Swindells and his son Caden, Ian White and his son Damon, Duncan Smith and his son Angus and Ian Bates and his son Emmanuel make up the four duos.
All eight took to the field last week for the first time in what is thought to be a first for the club.
Mr Swindells said playing alongside his son was an awesome feeling and every father agreed, adding they could get protective of their sons on the field.
“I’ve played hockey for as long as I can remember, since I was you know knee high, and I can’t remember any occurrence of this many combos in one one team,” he said.
“It certainly happened on a few occasions where three of us have had our son’s in the same game, but now that we’ve got a fourth combo that’s certainly a new record for our club as far as anyone can recall.”
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Mr Swindells and his 14-year-old son Caden, Mr White and his 12-year-old son Damon and Mr Bates and his son Emmanuel have played alongside each other previously.
The boys Caden, Damon, Angus and Emmanuel said it was fun to play alongside their dads but joked they did a lot of the running.
Mr Swindells said the work load did get shared around but the boys did do a lot of the running.
“That’s what I tell my son all the time, is that you’re on the forward line running and I’m staying back,” he joked.
“It’s pretty good respect on the field both ways, I think.”
Adding to the inspiration was two of the fathers only returning to the sport after their own children took it up.
One was Mr Bates, who took it back up four years ago after 15 years away because of his sons.
“I thought if they could give it a go, so could I, so I got back into it,” Mr Bates said.
The second was Mr Smith, who returned to the field this year after 16 years away. He joined his 15-year-old son Angus’ for his first season in the senior men’s side.
“It brought back memories watching and before I knew it, here I am,” Mr Smith said.
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