Farrer League grand final to be a family affair for Reid brothers, Dan, Adam and Jason

GAME ON: Marrar footballer Jason Reid with his brothers Dan and Adam, who play for Temora, ahead of the grand final. Picture: Laura Hardwick
GAME ON: Marrar footballer Jason Reid with his brothers Dan and Adam, who play for Temora, ahead of the grand final. Picture: Laura Hardwick

DAN, Adam and Jason Reid will take sibling rivalry to a new level in Saturday’s Farrer League grand final at Robertson Oval.

Jason will go from brother to arch-rival in the eyes of Dan and Adam when he takes his place in Marrar’s team that will take on Temora for the Farrer League premiership.

It’s a unique situation and one worthy of abandoning a holiday early for. The boys parents, Phil and Janet, returned from a Queensland holiday on Thursday night in time to watch the grand final unfold.

The Reid family are Temora through and through, but it was the boy’s grandmother, Barb, that perhaps summed up the feeling best.

“I think my Nan said that the ideal thing would be if Temora wins and Jason gets best on ground,” Dan said with a laugh.

“They’re definitely going for Temora.”

While the Reid name is synonymous with Temora, it is not the first time a family member has played in a grand final for Marrar.

The boy’s grandfather Malcolm won an under 18 premiership alongside his twin brother Jacko many decades ago.

“I got a job in Wagga so (playing at Marrar) saved the travel,” Jason said of the switch to Marrar last year.

“I lost the enjoyment there for a little while (at Temora) so I decided on a bit of a sea change.

“I’ve enjoyed it, made some great mates, lifetime friends, it’s a good club. It definitely hasn’t let me down.”

Dan said he is keen to get one over his youngest brother on Saturday.

“It’s more that competitiveness among siblings,” he said.

“Whether it’s playing a game of pool, cards on Christmas Day, cricket in the backyard or footy on the weekend, you always want to get one over your brother.

“You go harder against your brother than you do against anyone, I reckon.”

Adam says Jason is fair game come 2.45pm on Saturday.

“He’s just another opponent, really,” he said,

“Sometimes you have a bit of fun with him, get in his head, you know what brothers are like.

“It was weird at first, then you get used it, and treat him like any other opponent once that siren sounds.”

Dan says while he is used to going up against his brother, not everyone will find the grand final easy viewing.

“Because I’ve played a couple of games against him, it’s not really going to be that different, to be honest,” he said.

“Obviously there is a heavy Temora flavour at Marrar so it’s not going to be that weird, for me personally but for my grandparents and parents, it will be.”

While his older brothers are treating it as business as usual, Jason admits it will be a strange feeling lining up against Temora in a grand final.

“It will definitely be hard. I’ve played in a premiership with a few of those lads so it will be mixed emotions from the get go but you’ve got to overcome it and play some good footy,” he said.

“It will definitely be tough (against the brothers) but as soon as you cross that white line she’s on for young and old. 

“I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m excited.”

As for talking footy this week on the farm, Adam said it’s been a no go zone.

“We did on Monday, but not much really. We’re trying not to talk too much about it,” he said.

“Obviously you’ve got your secrets, every side does. We stir each other up a bit.”

Dan said there isn’t too much to give away.

“I think both teams know each other pretty well,” he said.

“We actually all get on off the field, there hasn’t been much talk, it’s mainly been business. 

“We often talk about other teams but out of respect for one another and what each coach is saying, we don’t delve into it too much.”