Moylan aims for back-to-back World Cups
Visualize for a moment Matt Moylan as a bloodshot ranga, standing two off the ruck but can't tackle to save his life. That man, the Panthers pin-up says, would look a lot like his older brother Ben.
Ben, of course, has just been named again in the Australian touch football side to play in the World Cup later this year.
The highly skilful siblings have no doubt had their fair share of backyard tussles over the years.
"That's a bit rich saying that," Ben replied to Matt's taunt. "He doesn't really get in there and tackle much either."
The duo would undoubtedly wreak havoc like few siblings could when the eighth FIT Touch Football World Cup begins on April 29 in Coffs Harbour.
Almost 100 teams from 25 countries will gather for the four-day tournament, which for the first time will include sides from Chile, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Ben, like he did for Australia four years ago, is hoping to win it again after being named in a 16-man squad last week.
The Australian's will be vying for the nation's eighth straight world title.
"It's the pinnacle and it's my chosen sport, so to make it in the top team and represent your country, it's unbelievable. I'm always very honoured," Ben said.
The Australian Women's side is also eight-time World Champions, while the Mixed Open team reclaimed their crown after losing to main rivals New Zealand in South Africa in 2011.
With the event returning home for the first time since 1999 – and the first major event since Touch Football Australia and the NRL joined forces two years ago – Moylan is bouyed by the opportunity to play in front of what he hopes will be strong home crowd on the NSW mid-north coast.
"You get to play a World Cup in your own country. It'll be a privilege to play in front of everyone at home," he said.
"I guess there can be pressure that comes with that, and having never lost a World Cup too, but we don't look at it that way. We just go in with a game plan the coach gives us and we trust him to give us that right game plan to get us the win."
Australian Men's Open Team: Stuart Briety (NSW), Sam Brisby (NSW), Scott Buckley (NSW), Drumayne Dayberg-Muir (Qld), Terry Deegan (NSW), Nicholas Good (NSW), Dylan Hennessey (NSW), Michael Law (Qld), Ben Moylan (NSW), Rob Nakhla (NSW), Peter Norman (Qld), Jonathon Palau (NSW), Matt Prowse (NSW), Steve Roberts (NSW), Matt Tope (NSW), Dan Withers (Qld). Coach: Tony Trad.
Australian Women's Open Team: Kristin Boss (NSW), Danielle Davis (NSW), Hannah Dyball (NSW), Emily Hennessey (Qld), Samantha Hopkin (Qld), Jessica McCall (NSW), Laura Peattie (NSW), Leah Percy (VIC), Samantha Rodgers (NSW), Peta Rogerson (Qld), Sarah Spacie (Qld), Kimberley Sue See (Qld), Marikki Watego (Qld), Louise Winchester (NSW). Coach: Peter Bell.
Australian Mixed Open Team: Daniel Barton (NSW), Jayden Benbow (Qld), Scott Bundy (NSW), Kylie Hilder (NSW),Yasmin Meakes (NSW), Patricia Michaelopolous (NSW), Justin Mitchell (Qld), Elin Mortimer (NSW), Cameron Nicholls (NSW), Leah Opie (NSW), Sarah Peattie (NSW), Sebe Ray (Qld), Michael Singh (Qld), Dean Springfield (NSW), Dylan Thompson (NSW), Trent Touma (NSW). Coach: Michael Lovett.