Geraldton dad proud as he shares football field with sons

Peter SweeneyGeraldton Guardian
Tyrone Papertalk with sons Len (left) and Tyrone Jr.
Camera IconTyrone Papertalk with sons Len (left) and Tyrone Jr. Credit: Peter Sweeney, The Geraldton Guardian

It may have been Mother’s Day but it was also Father’s day for one footballing family on Sunday.

And mum Tamisha Papertalk wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

After getting the kisses and cuddles, Tamisha, below, was off to The Rec to watch husband Tyrone and sons Len and Tyrone Jr play in the Chapman Valley league side against Railways.

Dad started at centre half-forward, Len on a wing and Tyrone Jr in the ruck.

It was only the second time the trio — 40-year-old dad, Len, 19 and Tyrone Jr, 17 — had played together, the first being in a game at the end of last season.

“I felt very proud — it was pretty exciting for me as not many dads can say they played league footy with their two boys,” Tyrone Sr said.

“It is something in 10 years we will be able to sit around and talk about.

“I think they put a bit of spring in my step. I don’t think Tamisha worries, in fact I think she’s pretty happy about seeing myself and the boys run around trying to get a kick.”

Tamisha Papertalk, a proud wife and mum.
Camera IconTamisha Papertalk, a proud wife and mum. Credit: Peter Sweeney, The Geraldton Guardian

Papertalk is a life member of Mullewa, where he started his senior career in 1996.

He crossed to the Valley in 2011 but rejoined the Saints in 2013 and played in a premiership side.

A life member of the Saints, he was a co-captain at one time.

He rejoined the Valley when the family moved to Geraldton for education and work reasons.

“There’s been some setbacks along my journey, mainly through injury and with work (fly-in, fly-out), but it’s been good,” Tyrone Sr said.

“The boys are in a good environment.”

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