FAMILY SPORTING WAY: From left, Daniel, Matt, Karen, Rex and Brenton Parrish relaxing at their East Lismore home
FAMILY SPORTING WAY: From left, Daniel, Matt, Karen, Rex and Brenton Parrish relaxing at their East Lismore home

Like father ... like sons

By STEVE SPINKS

IT seems every sporting team in Lismore should try to get a Parrish.

I'm not talking about a following.

I'm talking about one of the Parrish family ? Rex, Karen, Matt, Daniel or Brenton.

The East Lismore family has had some stunning success on the sporting field during the past 12 months.

Only recently, Rex won his FNC LJ Hooker League first-grade cricket final with Southern Districts against Tintenbar-East Ballina.

Oldest son Matt, 15, was 12th man.

It followed on from Matt winning his own final with Souths Under-16s and the Lismore Under-19 interdistrict team.

But it doesn't stop there.

Daniel, 13, and Brenton, 12, played in Souths' Under-14s, who were minor and major premiers in the Lismore District Junior competition.

Not bad, I hear you thinking ? but there's still more.

The same scenario happened last season, with all four Parrish men winning finals with their respective teams.

And their hot streak transcends various sports.

During the cricket off-season last year, Matt, Daniel and Brenton all played in premiership-winning soccer teams with Thistles.

You've heard of trying to keep up with the Joneses, but imagine trying to keep up with the Parrishes.

Competition may be fierce in Lismore cricket and soccer, but it's nothing compared with the competition in the Parrish family.

Each Saturday night, especially during the cricket season, the family sits down to discuss the day's play.

Scores, catches and wickets are compared ... and it's not always Dad coming up trumps.

According to Karen Parrish, who is a handy social tennis player, her husband Rex is probably more competitive than her sons, but that doesn't mean he always beats the kids.

It seems 15-year-old Matt was the leading run-scorer for the family this season.

He admits that he has played more games than anyone, but he also argues he has the best average.

So where does the family get its sporting talent?

Rex's father Ron Parrish and Karen's father Jack Kirk were keen cricketers.

Ron even had a concrete cricket wicket and oval in a cow paddock on his Numulgi property that was used regularly by the old Clunes association.

It's battered and overgrown, but it remains to this day ? as does the Parrish family's skill and love of cricket.



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