Proud mum over the moon at Harry Gwala

2014-05-12 00:00

FEW mothers would have had more of a reason to celebrate over the weekend than Geraldine Moon.

Sitting in the stands at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday afternoon, the Woodlands resident witnessed her oldest son Bryce (28) winning his first PSL title with Mamelodi Sundowns while his younger brother Ryan (17) was on the bench for Maritzburg United for the first time.

Neither son took part in the match, but the occasion was enough to make it “the best Mother’s Day present” that Geraldine could ask for.

Bryce, convicted of culpable homicide last year for a road accident in 2009 that resulted in the death of Mavis Ncube, sat in the stands next to his mother and father, Patrick Moon, while Ryan soaked up his first experience as a professional footballer.

“I’m really proud of [Ryan]. He’ll be nervous, excited and he’ll have goosebumps, but he has gotten his breakthrough,” Bryce told The Witness at Saturday’s match, also pointing to the influence his parents have had on his and Ryan’s development.

“Our parents did a really good job of supporting us, and I am sure they are both really proud of us.”

Clad in a half Sundowns/half Maritzburg jersey with the name “Moon” spread across her shoulders, Geraldine made it very clear that neither side would enjoy her allegiance.

“It was a very special day for the family. When we saw the fixture list at the start of the season, we thought that Sundowns might win the title in Maritzburg,” she said on Mother’s Day.

“It is disappointing that they didn’t get to play, but the experience was unbelievable and so good for Ryan.”

Geraldine says that, as was the case with Bryce, Ryan was always a step ahead of his peers throughout his junior football days.

After going to primary school at Pelham, Ryan was given a rugby scholarship at Maritzburg College. Currently in matric, he has since lost that scholarship, but seems to be doing okay without it.

“I learnt so much from this. It was an amazing feeling and such a good vibe,” Ryan said after Saturday’s match, before turning his attention to Bryce’s victory celebrations.

“He’s been through a lot in his career, and to have the whole family here is wonderful. I’m just so proud to be his brother.”

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