Family in hunt for Delhi gold
SERGEANT Tony McCarthy won’t be wearing his traditional blue today – far from it.
The officer-in-charge of the Maryborough traffic branch has the day off and he’ll be decked out in as much Aussie supporter’s gear that he can get his hands on.
He’ll dress for the occasion to cheer on his son-in-law, Kookaburras star Liam de Young, in the men’s hockey final of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
De Young, who is married to McCarthy’s daughter Sarah, and his teammates will take on India in the gold-medal decider.
The Kookaburras have already won the World Cup and Champions Trophy this year – McCarthy would love to see them be crowned champions again.
He knows it won’t be easy.
“It’s going to be a real tough battle,” McCarthy, who was in the crowd cheering the Kookaburras to gold in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006, said.
“It goes without saying that India will have so much crowd support – I am sure the noise will be deafening.
“The key to our success will be if we can score some early goals and silence the crowd.
“If we can manage do that then I am sure we’ll be good for gold.
“I reckon we’ll win 3-1 – well, I hope we do,” he laughed.
But did McCarthy back de Young to feature in the final and that’s how he’s got the day off?
“Well, I always hope Liam reaches the final of any tournament he plays in, but I just happened not to be rostered on today,” he said.
“You could say that it all worked out extremely well.”
‘The key to our success will be if we can score some early goals and silence the crowd.’