HE’S got one brother as a second grade teammate and another in Colts. There’s a cousin and a second cousin in first grade, not to mention the fact club president David Jones happens to be his uncle.
As family connections with the Queanbeyan Whites go, they don’t come much more entwined than Tom Ian Darmody’s.
On Saturday, Darmody will run out at fly half for the Whites in the second grade grand final against Tuggeranong.
In doing so, he’ll be adding another page to his family’s rich history with the club.
Darmody’s two brothers, Damien and Joe are also Whites players, although both will sit out grand final day due to injury, while cousin Ryan Jones and second cousin Tom Greg Darmody are regular first graders.
His father, Ian, was also a premiership winning player in the 1980s.
“I suppose I’ve got a pretty long-standing family history with the club,” Darmody (Tom Ian Darmody that is) said. “There wasn’t much question which club I was going to play for when I moved back down here.”
A Queanbeyan junior, Darmody returned to the region this year after six years spent in Newcastle and Harden
Coincidently, Darmody’s last year with the club in 2006 saw him squaring off against Tuggeranong in the Colts grand final – a match Queanbeyan lost.
So it’s perhaps fitting that the 26-year-old has helped guide the Whites into a grand final showdown with the club’s arch-rivals.
“Hopefully it’ll be a chance for a bit of revenge,” Darmody said of Saturday’s clash.
“A couple of times we’ve played them this year we’ve let them get out to big leads in the first 20 minutes which is something we can’t afford to do this weekend.”