From left: Chris, Jake, Trish, Kane and Luke Douglas, of Yamba.
From left: Chris, Jake, Trish, Kane and Luke Douglas, of Yamba.

Couple to nurture Sharks

CRONULLA Sharks Rugby League Club snagged a better bargain than it thought when it appointed Yamba couple Trish and Chris Douglas as house parents for the club for 2010.

The couple, whose eldest son, Luke, plays in the front row for the Sharks, promised that as well as being house parents to the club’s crop of up-and-coming players, there will be plenty of ‘house aunties and uncles’ as well.

Before they came to Yamba 27 years ago, the Douglas family hailed from the Cronulla district and they still have plenty of family living in the area.

“They all have season tickets and watch every home game Luke plays,” said Trish.

“I don’t think any of the players have as many fans at the game as Luke.”

Trish said she is sure that the young players in their care will have plenty of visits from her family – including sons Luke, Kane and Jake who all share a unit not far from their house.

It has all happened for the family in the past month.

They had notified the club that they were interested in taking on the role of house parent if it became available, but were surprised when the club got back to them a couple of weeks later to offer them the job.

The couple has spent the past couple of weeks packing up their Yamba home to be in their new home in Sydney on January 7.

“It’s something we’ve wanted to do for the past few years. We were just waiting for the last of our children to finish school,” Trish said.



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