A sensational footy season kicks off this weekend, but it could all come to blows at Eire Constructions HQ with the company throwing its support and sponsorship behind two rival teams from Port Macquarie and Taree.
Eire Constructions Managing Director Peter Hodson recently retired from Port Macquarie Breakers after two seasons as a star player, and his allegiance to the team remains strong.
But Operations Manager Tadhg Kelliher will once again don the Taree City Bulls jersey and is calling on his colleagues to back the Taree team.
Tension is building at Eire with some staff backing Tadhg and the Taree City Bulls and others placing Peter’s preferred Port Macquarie Breakers as firm favourites.
Peter played semi-professionally in the UK before emigrating to Australia. Hailing from the Widnes Vikings, Peter was a versatile player excelling as both a hooker and second row-er.
His tough tactics at the Breakers earned him the reputation as an ‘enforcer.’ In his maiden season in Group 3, Peter received runner up first grade player of the year, beaten by only one point.
Tadhg said, “I’m trying to persuade Peter out of retirement to play again. He’s a washed up footy ‘has been’ but I’m keen to give him a run. He won’t know what’s hit him.”
The Eire crew aren’t so sure, with some staff claiming Tadgh is a “primadonna on the pitch”. According to rumour his first grade coach Gary Bridge once said, “Tadhg often gets his ambition confused with his abilities. He’s a reserve grade winger at best.”
Peter was unavailable for comment about whether he will take on Tadhg’s challenge and return to the field this season. Watch this space!
Eire Constructions have sponsored both the Port Macquarie Breakers and Taree City Bulls for the 2017 Regional Group 3 Tournament.