Same names, but a new generation
By TONY WHITE
SEVERAL players with long-standing family links to the Lower Clarence Magpies will be on show at Maclean Showground this Sunday when the Under-16 Clarence Coast Magpies get a taste of senior football.
The Clarence Coast Magpies are scheduled to tackle South Lismore at noon prior to the Lower Clarence Magpies Under-18s clash with South Tweed, which will be followed by first grade. South Tweed announced on Wednesday it would forfeit reserve grade.
Numerous Under-16 players have an historic family link to past well known Magpie first graders and officials.
Travis Anderson is the son of current Lower Clarence president, Garry Anderson; Brent McCarron's grandfather Bill McCarron is a former president of the senior club, and; halfback Reace Brady is the brother of former Magpie top grade player, Dean Brady.
Bill McCarron played in two grand finals, was a former first grade captain-coach and premiership-winning reserve grade coach.
Brent's father, Wayne, is a modern day Magpie hero.
Travis Anderson's grand-father Peter Anderson finished playing in 1966 with two premierships to his name.
This will be the Magpies' second last home game prior to the semi-finals series, which commences on Saturday, August 19.
"Each year we try and bring the Under-16s on before the Under-18 game to get a taste of what senior football is like," Garry Anderson said.
"The boys will stay as guests to get a good feel of senior football.
"They are our future senior players and are certain to make up a big part of our Under-18 squad for next year.
"We're trying to make sure there is some strength and continuity of players coming through the grades."
The Under-16 match against South Lismore should be an exciting encounter after Clarence Coast smashed their rivals 56-12 in Lismore before going down 24-22 in a close encounter in wet conditions at Wherrett Park, Maclean.