The Weidemann name etched another chapter into its storied history with Rupanyup on the weekend, with brothers Lachlan and Connor Weidemann making their senior debuts for the Panthers.
Rupanyup beat Taylors Lake on Saturday and according to Panthers' coach Jack Musgrove, Lachlan (16) and Connor (15) both earned their spot and played well on debut.
"Connor was unfortunately unable to play reserves football because he's only 15 and I think if your 15 you can play seniors, but you can't play reserves," Musgrove siad.
"Whereas Lachie had been playing reserves footy and he's been playing good through there and they've both had a pretty good preseason as well.
"They've been training with the seniors, they were knocking the door down for a seniors debut and they got the chance against Taylors Lake.
"We had a few injuries out against Swifts and a couple out and it was good to see the youth of the club pushing through for the senior spot and coming in for their first win, in their first game which was very exciting.
"They both played through the wing and forward and it was very exciting to see them and they both fitted in very well."
Musgrove says it is a great sign for the club's future that Rupanyup juniors like the Weidemann brothers are starting to play senior footy.
"It's just great to get a game into these kids while we're actually tracking alright, it's just exciting times," he said.
"Alongside Blake Turner and Jordan Weidemann the future of the club is looking good. It's good to be able to play a few juniors even though you've picked up a few players as well and it's the balance we want to have.
"We don't want to be not giving those local kids a go and definitely when they deserve it and have been working hard throughout the preseason."
It's just great to get a game into these kids while we're actually tracking alright...Jack Musgrove
"They (Lachlan and Connor) definitely deserved their spot and to come in and play their role really well on the weekend was good to see and the future of the club looks bright
Against Taylors Lake, incredibly there were four Weidemanns playing for Rupanyup, with Connor and Lachlan's cousins, Matt and Jordan also playing. The surname accounted for over 18 per cent of the Panthers lineup and it might not be the last time it happens this season.
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