Bill McCarron, left, Brent McCarron, Travis Anderson and Peter Anderson.
Bill McCarron, left, Brent McCarron, Travis Anderson and Peter Anderson.

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.



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