Family's cricket 'hat-trick'
BROTHERS third grade cricket captain Neil Disson had his sights fixed on retiring from cricket at the end of this season, but something was weighing on his mind.
His grandson Brandon.
Neil, 61, has postponed his retirement to lead three generations - himself, son Jason and Brandon - of the 'cricket tragic' Disson family into battle for the third grade Brothers side next season.
“Next year if Brandon can handle it, we will hope to bring him up into third grade and then the three of us will have a season in third grade together,” Neil said.
“I'm really looking forward to playing with my grandson.
“(But) it will be definitely my last year next year ... I won't be going running around again.”
Neil and Jason, 37, are already a familiar duo on the field, but the possible inclusion of Brandon, 12, will create a unique slice of history in Clarence Valley cricket.
“There is quite a few guys this year in the whole comp that are actually father and son combinations, but I don't know of any father, grandson combinations,” Neil said.
“It will be interesting to see if there are any of them next year.”
Jason said Brandon was ready and eager to take on the challenge of third grade and would have stepped up this season had it not been for his tender age.
“He's super keen ... he's been playing and going to a few coaching clinics over the last couple of years,” he said.
“He's capable of handling it, but we will give him some training and he will be able to bat down the order.
“It's all experience for him and it's a great opportunity for him to play with his grandfather.”
The Dissons, who own and manage Disco Marine, are a harmonious family, with their achievements in sport created through a bond of togetherness.
“A lot of the sports we have competed in we have always competed together as part of a team so it's been more so working together as opposed to competing against each other,” Jason said.