Like father, like daughter

WILLASTON Football Club will have its first-ever father-daughter connection once Megan Boers pulls on the boots this BLGW football season.

Megan is the daughter of senior women’s coach Andre, who played for the Donnybrooks in the 1980s and 1990s, and now she’ll follow in his footsteps after the club introduced a senior side for 2018.

The 30-year-old, who came across from North Haven this off-season, said she never thought it would be possible that she could play for Willaston.

“I grew up here, I used to sit under the tree when I was a teenager, I used to roll down the hill when I was a kid,” she said.

“It’s awesome, my brother and my uncles all played here as well.

“I used to play netball, but to come out and play footy for the Donnybrooks, it’s ridiculous.”

Megan said having her dad as her coach is an added bonus.

“He’s been my coach in all the sports I’ve played, he even coached netball when I was younger, but this is different,” she said.

“He can’t help himself; last season when I was out at North Haven, there was one game that I heard his voice in the middle of the oval, and he’s got the runner jersey on.

“I was always going to come here and play, but I said only if I can have his number four.”

An emotional Andre never believed he’d have an opportunity to coach Megan in senior women’s football at Willaston.

“As a parent, you want your kids to strive and do their sports, and one day you’d love for them to follow in your footsteps,” he said.

“I’m lucky enough that my son did that when he played footy here, and now to have my daughter doing it is just ‘wow’.

“I’m a bit of an emotional man, so this kind of stuff makes me feel really happy.”

Andre said he was extremely appreciative of the club for giving the women a chance.

“I’m so rapt for the club, I’m so proud to be back at the club as a former player, and I’m so proud for my daughter, too,” he said.

“I’m really excited to be a part of the inaugural side, and now that my daughter’s playing it’s like the icing on the cake.”

Willaston will get its BLGW campaign under way on April 8 against Gawler Central.

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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