Ballina brothers' soccer bonds

FAMILY TIES: Dane (left), Liam and Ryan Seymour are playing for Ballina in premier division soccer this season.
FAMILY TIES: Dane (left), Liam and Ryan Seymour are playing for Ballina in premier division soccer this season.

SPORT is one activity that can bring families together, and in the case of the Seymour family of Ballina, 2010 marks a special opportunity for three brothers.

Dane, Ryan and Liam Seymour this season are playing for Ballina in the Football FNC premier division.

Dane has played senior-level soccer for Ballina since he was 15 and he has been a regular member of the club’s premier team for several years.

He has twice been named in the Football FNC team of the year (2008, 2009).

Now, at 24, the experienced campaigner is captain of Ballina’s premier division team.

Ryan, 22, returns home after living in Brisbane for four years. He played all his junior soccer for Ballina and played in premier division before he left.

Youngest brother Liam, now 18, began playing in premier division the year Ryan moved away. The teenager is a talented players who was part of the FFNC junior representative program and will no doubt benefit from the advice in the top grade from his older brothers.

The brothers play in the Seahorses’ strong defensive line and with their most avid fans, mum Therese and dad Stephen, always watching on, they have plenty of incentive to impress.

Their first game together came on April 17 against Thistles and was Ryan’s first game in four years. It was a proud moment for the Seymour family.

The next goal for the trio is to win a trophy for their beloved Ballina.

If on-field form is to determine that Ballina do win a premiership soon, there is every indication the Seymour family is likely to have played a significant role in achieving this.


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