Parents at every TAS sport game
IN four and a half years, Tony and Carmel Cowley haven't missed a Saturday of The Associated Schools (TAS) sport with their children at The Scots PGC College.
Son Matt went into Year 8 in 2006 and is now playing number eight for the first XV in rugby.
Daughters Elizabeth and Amelia are in Years 10 and 8 and are currently involved in netball.
Tony said they liked to be at the games in case of injury but also to enjoy the sport.
“We enjoy the travel even if we have to be at the college at 6am for the children to get on the bus,” he said.
The Cowleys sometimes car pool with other parents but rain, hail or shine, are always at the games.
With the children involved in games at the same time against Forest Lake on Saturday, Tony watched the rugby union and Carmel took in the netball.
The closest away game for the college is at Springfield College and the furthest at Forest Lake College near Yatala.
With Amelia in Year 8, the Cowleys are halfway through what will be nine years of travel to TAS sport.
Matt is proud to be playing the same sport as his uncle, legendary Australian winger Brendan Moon.
As for the future after Year 12, Matt wants to go to university in Brisbane and would love to make Brisbane A-grade rugby.
“I have also played a couple of games of rugby league with Wattles,” he said.
“My proudest TAS moment was scoring a 75-metre try against Forest Lake at Briggs Oval.
“Dad gives me a few hints after watching my games,” he said
It is sport all year for the Cowley girls – basketball, netball and volleyball in the three TAS seasons.
All three siblings also compete in swimming and this year received half colours at the TAS A-division swimming for a third or fourth placing.