For nearly 15 years Zac Mainwaring has drawn comparisons to his late, nice father on the soccer subject. Now the son of West Coast legend Chris Mainwaring is about to make his WAFL debut and has declared, ‘This one is admittedly for Dad.’
Zac, 20, will make his senior debut for Claremont on Saturday. He was only a small youngster when his father was found lifeless at 41 from a suspected cocaine overdose.
Chris Mainwaring was a two-time AFL champion and was inducted into the West Australian Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2005, that means his household would all the time be within the highlight.
Chris Mainwaring celebrates the Eagles’ first grand last victory in 1992
His son Zac is about to make his senior debut for Claremont within the WAFL competitors
Each coaching session, each junior recreation of footy meant comparisons to his well-known father.
‘I’ve been struggling with out him of late so this one actually means loads for us all,’ Zac stated.
‘It’s a enormous day for the household.
‘I’ve been working actually laborious during the last couple of seasons to crack into the league facet.
‘I used to be actually hoping for a superb recreation. I really feel like I’ve accomplished lots of work through the pre-season to attempt to push for a spot within the league facet so it was good to play properly.
‘It’s bloody thrilling, I can’t wait.’
A variety of Chris Mainwaring Legends Matches for Telethon had been held in his honour between 2008 and 2012 with former gamers lining up at Subiaco Oval to lift cash for kids’s charities.
Zac acquired to expire with the legends workforce as a nine-year previous after which, through the 2012 version, he was introduced onto the workforce to make a cameo for the Eagles OWLS (Older, Wiser, Bigger, Slower) workforce and he kicked a final-quarter aim.
The household scattered Mainwaring’s ashes in a non-public tribute in 2017 to mark the anniversary of their loss. On the time, Zac stated he needed to comply with in his father’s footsteps by footy.
Robert DiPierdomenico holds Zac Mainwaring and Maddy Mainwaring through the Chris Mainwaring charity AFL match at Subiaco Oval on October 10, 2009
‘It (footy) is nice as a result of generally it does get my thoughts off not having Dad there,’ Zac stated to Perth Now in 2017.
‘I miss him loads after I see different dads with their sons. I bear in mind him as a very good dad and hopefully I can comply with on in his footsteps and be like he was.’
Mainwaring’s No.3 jersey was retired for 3 seasons following his loss of life, whereas the Eagles’ Greatest Clubman Award has been completely re-named the Chris Mainwaring Medal.