first_imgJai Ayoub, member of the Australian Men’s 20’s team, will take on a wrath bigger than the New Zealanders at the Youth World Cup in 2005…his dad. His dad, Sam Ayoub, is the coach of the Australian Mens 20’s team playing at the Youth World Cup in Kawana on the Sunshine Coast from January 19-23. It will be the second time Jai has played under his dad, the first being at a NSW Junior State Cup Tournament, and Jai wasn’t really impressed. “I didn’t really like being coached by him a few years ago, but as I’ve grown up I’m used to him coaching all my mates… so it should be interesting,” said Jai. It was Sam who convinced Jai to try out for the 20’s team, who was content with trialing for the 18’s. “Originally I was against the idea of Jai playing 20’s, I thought there would be too much pressure on both of us, and too much expectation on Jai’s part,” Sam said “But, I decided that he deserves his spot, and just because his dad is the coach, he shouldn’t be discriminated against,” said Sam. Sam is very proud of Jai, both as a son and as a player in his team. “I’m very proud of Jai, I think he’s a great leader and all-around player, he’s been playing with players like Mark Boland for years, which has taught him a lot,” said Sam. They know each other well on the field, having played a lot of touch together over the years. Off the field, they go out not only as father and son, but as mates. “Dad works a bit, but we still have time to go out for lunch and stuff,” said Jai. Both Jai and Sam have goals to fulfill at the Youth World Cup in 2005. On a personal note, Jai hopes to be consistent throughout the tournament. ” I know I’m not going to be the stand-out in the team with the stand-out players we’ve got, but I just hope I can be consistent and help those guys out,” said Jai. Sam hopes to treat his son like any other player in the team. “I’d like to think I won’t be any tougher on him because he’s my son, but I probably will be,” said Sam. And together they both hope to beat the New Zealanders and bring home the Youth World Cup title. By Lisa Plummerlast_img

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