Thompson clan make history

The Lismore Workers team: Back rowSandy Thompson, Loris Gordon, Naomi Thompson, Nadine Toniello. Front row Jordyn Thompson, Amy Gordon, DeNay Skinner, Jakira Toniello.
The Lismore Workers team: Back rowSandy Thompson, Loris Gordon, Naomi Thompson, Nadine Toniello. Front row Jordyn Thompson, Amy Gordon, DeNay Skinner, Jakira Toniello. Contributed

IT could very well have been Mother's Day recently when Lismore Workers won the Far North Coast women's Division 3 soccer grand final after an epic match against Alstonville.

The team comprised four mother-daughter combinations who at one point were all on the field at the same time.

With neither team able to score a goal after 90 gruelling minutes of normal time, an additional 20 minutes had scores still locked up at nil all.

An extraordinary 20 shots at goal were required before the Redmen prevailed 7-6. Proud grandparents Max and Dorell Thompson cheered loudly as they watched daughters Sandy, Loris, Naomi and team captain Nadine, join three granddaughters Jordyn, Amy and DeNay in celebrating an exciting win.

Another granddaughter Jakira was not in the grand final team, but also participated on occasions in the same team during the season.

It was a bit confusing when all four mums and daughters were on the field at the same time. The cry of "pass it mum” required some instinctive understanding of who was to get the ball.

The Thompson family connection with Workers goes back many years and still has various members of the clan playing each season and involved with administrative aspects at the proud club.

The Thompson patriarch Max is club president and, along with wife Dorell, rarely misses a game in which one of the daughters or grandchildren are playing.

With gentle enthusiasm from nan on the sideline and pop happy to watch on with less animation, it is clear that the Thompson family is an integral part of Lismore Workers.

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