Cousins battle for glory

The ruck battle between cousins Matt, left, and Mark McCormack will be crucial in this weekend’s Colac district senior football grand final between Matt’s Birregurra and Mark’s Lorne.

Birregurra footballer Matt McCormack says he is eagerly awaiting another opportunity to go head to head in the ruck against his cousin Mark McCormack in this weekend’s senior football grand final.

The first cousins have faced off four times since Mark joined Lorne last year.

Matt, who is three years Mark’s junior at 27, scored bragging rights in the first three meetings; he missed the teams’ round three clash with injury but the Saints still won.

But Mark, the recently crowned league best-and-fairest winner, finally got one back in the second semi-final a fortnight ago, and the cousins will meet again in the grand final on Saturday.

“We’ve always been pretty competitive, I’ve played a lot of basketball against him over the years” Matt said of Mark.

“We’d never played football against each other before last year, he played a fair bit in the GDFL and I’ve never played GDFL,” he said.

“He’s had a bit of time off as well, he hasn’t played a lot in the last few years.

“When I heard the news he was going to go down and play at Lorne, it was good, I was looking forward to it.”

Matt said the McCormack family was close, with the cousins growing up together.

Matt’s father Terry, a former East Geelong footballer, and Mark’s mother Sharon, are siblings.

“His mum is my old man’s sister,” he said.

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