Two generations on the soccer pitch

SOCCER is a family affair for Naracoorte United's Masters family.

In the Belgiornio Cup B grade grand final against Inter on June 29, two generations took to the pitch and although they weren't able to help their team to victory there were positive signs.

The most positive was the form of 15-year-old Callum Masters in the centre of defence.

Only just into the under 17s, Callum is able to now represent the club at senior level and acquitted himself well in the heat of the cup final.

"I didn't think I played bad," he said.

"It (B grade) isn't much different than under 17s - some players are a bit slower."

Despite the team going down 4-0, Callum's form in defence warranted the best player accolade for his side.

At the other end of the pitch, Callum's father Dale got a good look at how his son was travelling in the pressure-cooker atmosphere.

"He played pretty well," he said.

"Every time I went near him he seemed to do all right... didn't make many mistakes."

With the scoreboard not really showing how tight the game was, both were happy with the experience.

Dale had retired from playing soccer a couple of years ago but always had playing with Callum in mind.

"That's why I did it - I don't think my body would have lasted if I kept playing," he said.

Callum added: " We've got to get Fletcher (his younger brother - 12 years old) up soon."

Dale was unsure if he would last long enough to play with both his sons.

"Who knows?" he said.

"I've just got to manage the body a bit now."

Callum said he is likely to play a few more games alongside his dad as the year progresses.

Father and son duo Dale and Callum Masters with the runners-up trophy after their Belgiorno Cup decider defeat to Inter on June 29.

Father and son duo Dale and Callum Masters with the runners-up trophy after their Belgiorno Cup decider defeat to Inter on June 29.

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