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Australian Rules Football clubs have “catchment”areas; where a prospective player lives will govern which team he might join. The father-and-son rule overrides this restriction. Albeit many years later, a young man could pull on the same club colours that his father had worn. But the architects of the rule could never have foreseen that one day a man and his son would play in the same team at the same time.


When David Hicks burst out of the backline, grimly bouncing the ball, he could not see his father. The kick needed to carry far beyond the closing wall of opposition.
It took a fraction of a second for the ball to travel from hand to boot. It would be many long years before the ball was again within the grasp of friendly hands.

Terry’s story is the undeviating devotion of a father to his son. Through political procrastination and flakey friendships it was never denied. Through all the dry legalese it reminded us that we should never feel bludgeoned into believing that parental love stops at low-water mark.

The name of Terry Hicks truly belongs in any Hall of Fame.

Play the Mike Brady song ~

Up There Cazaly!


Eric Carwardine, in Perth, Western Australia


One Comment

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