FAMILY AFFAIR: The Archibald crew, Kris, Reece, Michael, Wayde and Kyle all in Ungarie colours this year.WIN, lose or draw in Saturday’s Northern Riverina League grand final, the Archibald family haveachieved their goal for 2015.
Ungarie will enjoy their first grand final appearance in 15 years when they run out to play Lake Cargelligo at West Wyalong on Saturday.
It will be a huge occasion for the township of Ungarie and it’s population of 300 as the Magpies look to break their premiership drought than spans back to 2001.
The last time Ungarie played finals, back in 2013, is a story in itself after the Magpies finished on the bottom of the ladder, only to be given the opportunity when the fifth and sixth placed teams could not field the numbers.
Kyle Archibald is one of a number of Ungarie juniors that agreed to travel home this season to play.
He, his brothers Michael and Kris, and cousins Wade and Reece wanted to have a year together and have also convinced friends to make the trip with them.
“The original plan was just for the five cousins to play together for one game,” Kyle explained.
“Things snowballed from there.”
Ungarie captain-coach Ryan McClintock moved he and his family homefrom Canberra a couple of years ago.
Kyle, who spent two years at Richmond as a teen, travels three hours from Yarrawonga every weekend to play at Ungarie.
Wade and fellow Ungarie junior Dave Barron travel two hours from Wagga, while Grant Daly and a mate make the four-hour trip from Bathurst.
Kris travels from Canberra, while Michael and friend,Fox Sports presenter,Ben Way make the long trip from Sydney during all hours of the night.
Kyle explains it is all for one simple goal.
“We want to see the small country community doing well,” he said.
“There is more to it than just a small town, and more to it than just a little football club.
“When we were kids growing up, the culture was great, the pub was packed on a Saturday night and that’s what we want these kids growing up into.”
Ungarie will go into the grand final as underdog after Lake Cargelligo trounced them by 61 points in the second semi-final.
Archibald believes if the Magpies produce their best, they can win, but also explained that the players had already achieved one goal.
“(A win) would be huge, just to get the buzz around town,” he said.
“Win, lose or draw, we’ve already acheived what we wanted to and that was to get the community together.
“To win a flag would just top it off.”
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