Derby a family affair

“The rivalry probably isn’t as fierce as it was in the early days; it’s more of a friendly rivalry now.”

TASTE OF THE FUTURE: Darcy Wilson, 7, and Lukas Allan, 6, are passionate about their footy, carrying on their family traditions. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A rivalry established more than 60 years ago will open its 2013 chapter on Sunday, when Wangaratta Rovers play host to Wangaratta Magpies.

The clubs have a unique history which harks back to 1950, when the fledgling Hawks joined their successful city elders as combatants in the Ovens and Murray league.

And although the antagonism between the clubs may not be as intense as it was when they first began butting heads in the 1950s, some form of it still lingers.

Familiar family names still run through both club lists, and will also be present when grade one and two youngsters take the field for an Auskick game at half-time in Sunday’s derby.

Among those representing the next generation of potential rivals are Lukas Allan, whose father Trent played for the Magpies in the late ’90s and early 2000s, when mum Emma played netball with the ’Pies; and Darcy Wilson, son of 300 game Rovers player Mick and star netballer Michelle.

The pair may get a taste of the future when they take the field in front of what is always a passionate local crowd.

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