What started as a flat out 'no' when Peter Bourchier floated to sons Bill and Jack the idea of playing bush footy together turned into a moment they will never forget at Inglewood on Saturday.
The trio shared in wild scenes of jubilation after Roosters centre Brent Hearne slotted a penalty goal from 42 metres out and 10 metres in from touch after the hooter to secure a 14-13 win in a thrilling Border Rugby League grand final.
Lining up for a season alongside his boys was always a goal for 44-year-old second rower Peter, with the stars aligning with both Bill, 19, and Jack, 22, in senior footy and on the comeback trail from shoulder surgeries last year.
"It was a few mixed emotions there. I can't explain how I felt, but it was definitely a feeling that we wanted to get," he said.
"Footy is like a family thing for us.
"I was playing footy when we were younger. They grew up and then I started coaching (under) 8s, 9s right up through the 16s and then obviously they moved into senior league.
"I thought we'd have a game and we've sort of been playing together (at Goondiwindi) for the last couple of years on and off.
"We came over (to Inglewood) for the social side of things. I played football with Locky (Prior), the coach years ago and he just invited us over.
"We didn't even expect to be playing in the grand final, that's the honest truth, and we just came over to play footy.
"We were a couple of games in and I said to the boys, 'I think we've got a good side here'."
The travel commitment was the only thing that put Bill off originally - the three of them travelling one hour from Goondiwindi and back twice a week for training - but after participating in the pre-season round robin tournament, which Inglewood won, he felt right at home.
"The club is a good club and just the blokes, they all play for each other," Bill said.
They put his shoulder to the test, too, throwing the usual centre into hooker for a full game, week on week.
For it to come as far as seeing a crowd and bench rush on for absolute scenes when Hearne's kick went over, and lifting the trophy with his dad and his older brother, is still hard to fathom.
"It's pretty special. You don't really read about brothers and their dad going out to win the grand final together, and then it was Father's Day the next day, which is even better," Bill said.
As for the game, it went so quick it was all but a blur, with Bill highlighting Hearne and Angus Ramsey as the difference makers for Inglewood, who also went through the season undefeated.
Five-eighth Ramsey scored the opening try in the sixth minute, before Texas bounced back in the 11th via opposing halfback Clayton Syme to level it up.
In the 18th minute, Roosters halfback and captain Brent Osborne capitalised on pressure built by repeat sets to score, leading to a 12-6 halftime score.
With defence dominating, it took a moment of brilliance for the Terries to tie it up again - Syme chipping a kick over for his five-eighth Malik Woodbridge to regather and beat a number of players to score.
Texas looked to have it won when Woodbridge struck a field goal with two minutes remaining before Hearne's long-range heroics.
"Just the way it was unfolding and how it was at the end there, it was tight the whole game. I couldn't believe how tight it was," Peter said.
"I actually had pretty good confidence in the team, what we'd done all week at training, but then for (Texas) to come over and stick it to us the way they did, it was nerve wracking."
The win was Peter's first premiership since 2005 with Goondiwindi Boars.
And with his leadership, experience and defensive quality, Bill still thinks his dad has another year, and another win, in his legs.
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