Playing for Mum..Darcy Lussick takes the ball up against the Brisbane Broncos. Photo: NRL Photos.
Sea Eagles prop Darcy Lussick knew what he had to do not long after his beloved Mum, Christy, passed away on Wednesday.
“It was a tough day for my whole family. I thought it would just be the right thing to do by the family to show we can get through it, and they have been supportive of me,’’ Lussick said following the match against the Brisbane Broncos.
“It really wasn’t a tough decision. My mum loved me playing rugby league. She would have been filthy if I didn’t play.
“I wasn’t going to sit at home and feel sorry for myself. I get nothing out of that, so I thought I come up here and be around the boys. I really have to thank the Club. They have been great.”
Christy was aged just 42. A mother of four, she gave birth to 26-year-old Darcy when she was just 15.
“Mum has been sick for a couple of years. She has had battles. We are a pretty tight family and no one knew about it,’’ Darcy said.
“We will just get on with it. I have two younger brothers and a younger sister. We have just got to stick together and be with Dad.
“You only get one Mum. You love your Mum. It is sad. It is life.
“Mum used to drive me around everywhere. I will always be in debt to her.
“In her eyes, nothing was ever my fault on the field. It was always the referees were picking on me, or another player was into me. I will probably miss those text messages after the game.
“She wouldn’t really have a clue if I played good or bad, as long as I was doing my best. I was the best player out there to her.”
And as for those stitches to his left eyelid suffered in the loss to the Broncos, Darcy didn’t reveal how it happened?
“Mum used to always say I was the most handsome forward on the field. She would have been filthy about these stitches tonight,’’ he said, laughing.
”I don’t want to say (who did it) in case she tries to haunt him.”