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Soccer dad Stan proud of Flying Fijians Morrell

July 05
12:00 2009

image Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA. When 22 years old Ponsonby rugby player, Sean Morrell came to attend the fitness test for the Flying Fijians, his father Stan made a promise
“I promised him that I will come and watch him when he makes his debut for Fiji,” Stan said from New Zealand yesterday.
The former Rewa, Navua and Fiji soccer defender SunSports that after learning that his son would play against Japan he booked the flight from Auckland to Fiji on Thursday afternoon just straight after work.
On Friday Stan made his way down to Suva making sure that he doesn’t miss his son’s game time and fall short of his promise.
Sean is the younger brother of two siblings in Stan family.
Stan and oldest son Steven preferred soccer but Sean decided to take a different sport.
Sean made his debut for the Flying Fijians match against Japan at the TFL National Stadium in Suva where he played as openside flanker.
Stan said after watching his son on Friday he knew his son could have done better.
“He’s got a lot of talent but he didn’t play well he could have done better.”
Stan said his son Sean also told him the same thing after the game.
“He told me that if he was given at least 10 minutes from the earlier games, he could have been comfortable playing on Friday,” Stan said.
However, like every father, Stan believes that his son did well for a first timer.
Sean told his father that the game against the Japanese was a different level altogether from the club games he was used to.
“The physicality of the game was even greater and it’s a learning curve for him,” Stan said. Stan added Sean just needed to work on his discipline during game time.
For a father who has been through the same experience of being a first timer into the national level he believes that the experience his son has gained for the past few weeks would surely make Sean a better person.
Stan said he allowed his son to play whichever sport he was interested in because he knew that in New Zealand the opportunity for sports people was always available.
“We talked on Friday night and his aim now is to make the Auckland team in the NPC and later the Super 14 next year.”
Sean is expected to return to NZ on Wednesday.

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