White brigade untouchable on the field
THE White family from Hatton Vale is unique.
First of all, there are 11 siblings - the children of Roslyn and Peter White.
Secondly, they all play footy - together, and rather well.
Eight of them were gathered together recently at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex for a charity touch football day, hosted by Andrew Walker and his wife Leona.
A few weeks before that, five of them starred together for the Kambu team that reached the semi-finals at the Queensland Murri Carnival at Briggs Road.
Nine of the White siblings are boys, all having come though the ranks with the Rosewood Roosters.
Beau, 18, is on the books with the Ipswich Jets, playing colts this season, while Dean, 22, is likely to join him next year.
It is no surprise they are all gifted players, given the competitive nature of siblings and the 35 acres they have to run around at their Hatton Vale home.
Just about all of them are fullbacks or wingers, so pace is obviously a family trait.
"They've all got little football fields," Peter said.
"There's three different ones and they all go to each other's to play teams."
Dillan was named best back in the Rosewood under-12s this year while Tyson, 12, was the club's rookie of the year.
It is not only the boys either, with Petrina, 25, and Tarnia, 14, both avid touch footy players.
While rugby league is the number one passion, the White children can also be found at little athletics, softball and a number of them used to do martial arts.
Which begs the question of how Peter and Ros get them to their respective sporting commitments?
Owning a bus helps, but more important is the pleasure both parents get from seeing their kids enjoying sport.
"They love it," Peter said.
"I've just got to keep up with them. If I can't get to training, I'm in trouble."
While Peter has to get them to training, Ros is usually the one who has to wash their gear.
"She probably washes 30 jerseys a week," Peter said.