Local hockey family is now in perfect harmony
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IT'S not quite as dramatic as Superman, Batman and Spiderman all turning up at once to save the day, but when the three Harmon's take to the hockey field for Sawtell, it certainly helps their team's cause.
Dubbed 'Team Harmon' by their teammates, Dave and his two sons James and Matt provide the nucleus of the Sawtell team in the Coffs Harbour Hockey Association men's first grade.
James and Matt also play together on Saturdays in Grafton for City Bears.
At 45, Dad says that he relishes the opportunity to play alongside his two sons.
"It's the only reason I'm playing really," Dave admitted.
"I've coached them both since they were about nine, so I've coached them right through the juniors and in the senior sides up until this year.
"I've stepped back and I just play with them now but it was a goal to keep playing until the kids were old enough to play with me."
Both sons have made representative teams at State level before but this year, Dave has been selected a state team for the first time.
Thrilled with his selection in the NSW over 45s, Dave says that being part of the team wasn't his plan.
"I've never nominated before, my wife actually filled the form in and sent it away when I went to the State championships," he explained.
"I've never been all that interested in it but she put it in, so I didn't nominate me for the team she did."
James, 18, has been selected in in the State CCC open team for the past two years while Matt, 15, has earned himself a spot in the under 15s team to play in Melbourne either side of the Labour Day long weekend.
Dad admits that he's probably the biggest critic of the boys which forces mum to play the mediator's role at home.
Playing together seems to heal all wounds and the Sawtell Cougars are currently sitting in a healthy position on the ladder that will allow them to make a premiership assault come finals time.
"The team has been very disjointed this year," Dave added.
"Matt and I have only had I think five games with them because we've had him away so much at camps and trials, so it's been a very disjointed season for us.
"We're hoping now we can get in and contribute but it's a positive team and they love the boys."