All in the family: brothers Dane, Liam and Ryan Seymour.
All in the family: brothers Dane, Liam and Ryan Seymour.

Ballina brothers set their goals

Sport is one activity that can really bring the family together and in the case of the Seymour family of Ballina, 2010 marks a very special opportunity for three brothers to share plenty of time on the sporting field together.

Dane Seymour has played senior football for Ballina since age 15 and has been a regular member of the premier side for many years. He is built in the mould of most rugged, fearless defensive players and has twice being named in the Football Far North Coast Team of the Year (2008 and 2009). At 24 years he is now one of the most experienced campaigners in the competition and was named captain of Ballina’s premier division team this year.

Ryan Seymour, aged 22, returns to Ballina after living in Brisbane for four years. He played all his junior football for Ballina and played in premier division before leaving the area where his sporting involvement was restricted to touch football.

Youngest brother Liam, now aged 18, began playing in premier division the year that Ryan moved to Brisbane.

Liam is a talented footballer who was part of the FFNC junior representative program and will no doubt be getting plenty of advice in the top grade this year from his big brothers. The three boys play in the strong Seahorses defensive line for Ballina and with their most avid fans, mum Therese and dad Stephen, always watching on, the boys have lots of incentive to impress.

The boy’s first game together was on April 17 against Thistles and was Ryan’s first game in four years. This was a very proud moment for the whole family as the boy’s lifelong ambition has been to play together in the Ballina premier side and now that they have achieved that, the next goal is to hopefully win a trophy for their beloved Ballina. Given the passion and commitment that this family displays and with age on their side, one would almost expect that they will achieve this at some time. If fate is to determine that Ballina do win a premiership in the next few years, every indication is that the Seymour family is likely to have significant role in achieving this.


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