Privilege and pressure are two words that sprang to mind for Riverina League midfielder Nick McCormack in the lead-up to Saturday.
And it's something he could probably share with his father on Saturday, as Riverina representatives pursuing Canberra success.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is hoping to be re-elected as Member for Riverina, and to federal government, when the nation goes to the polls.
Instead of playing a support role in Wagga on election day, Nick will have a key role in the Riverina League representative team, starting in the midfield against AFL Canberra.
"I feel very privileged that Jade Hodge has given me the opportunity to start in the guts. It should be good. I'm looking forward to it, especially being around a couple of the older heads in there that have played a lot of footy and a lot of rep footy," McCormack said.
It will be the 21-year-old's third appearance representing the league himself but this year's role also marks recognition and something of a coming of age.
McCormack, in his second year at Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes, is happy to take on the responsibility, having also stepped up to a midfield coaching role at the Goannas this year.
"Rowie (coach Jeremy Rowe) gave me that opportunity and I think my knowledge of being in the midfield has grown a lot more this year. I've only been playing in the midfield for three years but I feel as though I know a lot more than I did in previous years," he said.
A Wagga Tigers premiership player in 2016, the former defender will reunite with old teammate Brendan Myers in a starting midfield which also includes two of the league's established stars, Griffith midfielder Jordan Iudica and Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong ruckman Jacob Olsson.
"I feel like I've ticked off enough boxes to be given the opportunity to be in there but it should be good being around Jordy Iudica and Brendy Myers, I've played a lot of footy with him. It's going to be really exciting and I can't wait," he said.
McCormack's first rep game was against AFL Canberra at Robertson Oval two years ago, when the visitors proved a class above, winning by 40 points. Riverina coach Jade Hodge has reinforced a message learnt that day.
"He's focussed on the whole group and said that we're going to have to be a fast-running side because that's what Canberra's going to bring. I think using our run and linking up back through the middle and doing the basics is what will give us our best opportunity," McCormack said.
McCormack knows the midfield will bear the pressure of getting Riverina's game going.
"Olso's a quality ruckman, I reckon the delivery will be very nice... but the pressure's going to be on me to get it down straight down the guts (into their forwards)," he said.
He wouldn't have it any other way, even at the expense of offering family support back home.
"I've had a couple of discussions with Dad and he's allowed me to get over to Canberra for a game of footy which is nice of him," Nick said.
"But I've been doing my bit for him in the pre-poll and handing out for him during the week. I've been doing as much as I can to give him a hand.
"We'll just wish each other the best and hopefully we can both end up winners by the end of the day."