Mum v daughter
By STEVE SPINKS
IT'S a win-win-lose situation.
Or a lose-lose-win situation.
It depends which way you look at it.
But one thing is for certain, when Jason Durheim goes to the Lismore District premier division netball grand final tomorrow at the Marie Mackney Courts, he's in a no-win situation.
You see, Jason's wife Maria and his daughter Kristy will be lining up against each other.
Maria is the goal attack for defending premiers Daleys and Kristy is the centre for young-guns Daleys Tribes.
Asked which team he would be barracking for while Kristy and Maria looked on, Durheim replied with a very definite 'Ummmmmm'.
But there's more.
Not only is Maria playing against her 17-year-old daughter, but she also coaches the Tribes team.
These are two teams that definitely know each other inside and out.
"I guess it's a conflict of interest," Maria chuckled.
"It's hard to get aggressive against them, especially as we train together."
According to Maria, it's not unusual for her to be yelling out instructions to the team she coaches while playing against them.
Maria is a former Far North Coast representative, while Kristy will turn out for NSW Combined Catholic Colleges at the Australasian Championships in Melbourne next week.
Tribes and Daleys have met three times this season with Daleys winning two matches, while the first encounter was a draw.
But Kristy and her team-mates are keen to notch their first victory over their more experienced rivals.
"We usually train together, but not this week," she said.
"The oldies trained last night (Wednesday) and we're training tonight (Thursday)."
Tribes is a young side that have played together since the juniors.
They have improved each year and this will be their first premier division grand final.
So will Tribes be good enough to knock over their club-mates?
"I think the old girls will win, but we'll give them a run for their money," Kristy said.
"I think experience will get it over youth," Maria said.
What do you reckon Jason?