Seven fathers are hoping their sons can help kick start a massive North Wagga celebration on Saturday.
The Saints haven’t won since 1994 and seven members of the premiership-winning team will be at Robertson Oval cheering on their sons for what could be the next generation of premiership winners.
Jason Carey, Scott Robertson, Shane Whyte, Wayne Skeers, Bunge Winter, Garry Crouch and Brendan Nilsen all have sons playing across the three grades.
Jed and Cayden Winter plus Brayden Skeers are in first grade, Liam Nilsen is in reserve grade while Ben Carey, Blake Robertson, Zac Whyte and Isaac Crouch are looking to start things off on a winning note in under 17s.
Brayden Skeers will have an important role in the heart of the North Wagga defence with a likely match up on Brad Turner.
His father, who is a life member of the club, had a few words on wisdom for the side on how to approach the big game against Marrar.
“You’ve got to keep it simple,” Skeers said.
“It is a normal game with hopefully a big prize at the end, but they have to do their normal, routine thing.”
The 1994 premiership was the last of a golden era for the Saints.
They played in five straight grand finals in the 1990s, winning three, and have only been in one grand final since then.
They’ve come through some hard times, including going into recess in 2007, but Skeers believes future looks bright with a number of juniors set to play leading roles come grand final time.
“It has been a long time, and we went into recess for a year, but they’ve built it up slowly, slowly with the seniors and juniors combined as one now and it is very healthy over there now,” he said.
Garry Crouch will be more than happy to hand over the mantle as the last Saints premiership winners.
He just hopes the new generation take in some of their knowledge.
“We teed them up all about that and how there is a bit more pressure on and it isn’t like a normal game, it is a lot harder and faster,” Crouch said.
“We gave them some advice, I don’t know if they listened, but we’ve given them some.”