GOLD GETTERS: Father and son team Benjamin and Richard Morgan, showing off the gold medals they won at the recent Australian
GOLD GETTERS: Father and son team Benjamin and Richard Morgan, showing off the gold medals they won at the recent Australian

Plenty of fight left in this Tiger family

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au

IT could be a case of like father, like son.

Or it could be like son, like father.

Either way, the performances of Richard and Benjamin Morgan at the recent Australian Karate Championships in Brisbane were outstanding.

Both the Morgans returned home with a gold medal.

Benjamin won the Under-10 black belt division for kumite (fighting) with a victory over every State representative.

In the final, he defeated a Queenslander with a convincing 3-0 performance.

Richard took home gold in the kumite as well, with victory in the veterans 35-to-45-years age group.

"Usually, who ever gets the gold medal is the top of the pecking order at home," Mrs Morgan said.

"After Nationals it was even, but then Ben went on to win the Australian Open and Richard didn't, so Ben got the bragging rights.

"But they are both lovely sportsmen and they are so supportive of each other."

The Morgan family was also celebrating their daughter's success as Lauren brought home a bronze medal from the Nationals.

It does beg the question on how family disputes are settled?

Does the kitchen table ever get karate-chopped?

"No," Mrs Morgan chuckled.

"It's usually settled peacefully and everyone's still frightened of me."

In further good news for Richard and Benjamin, the duo's favourite rugby league team the Wests Tigers made it to the grand final this weekend.

"I've been on ebay since 7 o'clock this morning," Mrs Morgan said.

"Hopefully, we'll be going down, otherwise I'll have some disappointed supporters at home."

Hopefully, they won't karate-chop the kitchen table.



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