Father and son Chris and Caleb Dougherty face off in tomorrow’s grand final between the Barbarians and Sailors.
Father and son Chris and Caleb Dougherty face off in tomorrow’s grand final between the Barbarians and Sailors.

It's a family feud

SAILORS and Barbs Plunderers face off today with the winner awarded the C-grade premiership trophy.

For two players on opposite sides of the fence, there's much more up for grabs than premiership glory.

Jane Dougherty has been caught in the crossfire for the past week, as husband and Plunderer Chris, engages in a week-long slanging match with son and Sailor Caleb.

"Caleb moved up to C grade this year but hasn't been playing for long," Mrs Dougherty said.

"Chris suffered a bad injury last year playing rugby and is probably in his last year or so.

"It's been an interesting week watching them go back and forth arguing over who's going to win."

Parent-child combinations are found in almost every sport.

For example, rugby league has the Pearces - Wayne played for Balmain in the late 80s and 90s, while Mitchell currently plays for the Roosters.

It's not everyday you find father

and son not only playing at the same time - nonetheless for different teams.

"Earlier this season Sailors played Barbs on Father's Day," she said.

"Chris told Caleb before the game that he wasn't allowed to beat him because it was Father's Day."

In that instance, Barbs were the victors, but on another occasion the youngest player of the field broke Barbarian hearts.

"From memory there was about 30 seconds left and Caleb snuck in and managed to hit home an equaliser," she said.

The slanging match has been a welcome distraction to the Dougherty family, who lost a family member earlier in the week after a long battle with illness.

"It hasn't been the greatest but the banter has been a great escape for all of us," she said.

The younger family members have been getting in on the act as well.

"My youngest son plays for Sailors so he's firmly on that side," she said.

"I don't think the other two have decided who's side they're on just yet but we'll see how that goes."

For the Father's Day clash, Jane sat herself on the Barbs end of the field much to the dismay of her young Sailors.

"This weekend I'm going to have find a spot on half-way and cheer them both on," she said.



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