It's brother on brother
AT HOME, brothers Martin and Adam Gordon are good mates, but at Quays Reserve today they'll be adversaries.
The pair will line up for opposite teams as Ballina host Lennox Head in Coopers Far North Coast rugby union – and each is ready for the other.
Older brother Martin, a Ballina player, said he would try not to hurt Adam.
“This is the first time I've played against my younger brother; that's the only thing that will be a different,” he said.
“I don't want to tackle him.
“I have already played football against my older brother, Andrew, in league and I knocked him around a bit, and felt bad afterwards
“I can't really back down from him but I'm not going to go for the kill on him.
“I'll play it as I play every other game; I'll just have to be careful in the way I tackle him.”
But Adam said he was ready for whatever his brother – 16 months older – could dish out.
“I'll be able to take anything he'll be able to give.
“We've had a few fights off the field and I've handled them.
“We're a very close family. Mum and Dad and my older brother are all giving it to me to step up against Martin but they'll be going for both of us.
“I've been looking forward to it.
“It's one thing to aim up against another player but when you have a bigger brother (opposite) you set your limit even higher.”
The brotherly face-off will add an extra dimension to what is bound to be a fiery clash, as the sides meet for the first time since four players switched from Ballina to Lennox Head after winning the premiership last year.
Martin will also line up against his brother-in-law, Lennox Head fullback Tony Buchanan, and his work colleague, Ben Sattler.
“It's a big match for us,” he said.
“Do or die. We have to try to get some points on the board and really start nailing it and showing we are finals contenders.
“We have the talent and need to start playing as a team and working for each other.”
Adam said the clash would carry some extra feeling.
“There's a big rivalry, but what happens on the field will stay on the field,” he said.
“Afterwards we'll go have a beer. We're all still mates when we go out together.”
In other games:
- The Wollongbar-Alstonville Pioneers host Lismore City at Lyle Park, Wollonbar.
- Southern Cross University take on Yamba at Maurie Ryan Oval, East Lismore.
- The Grafton Redmen travel to take on Coolangatta-Tweed.