Parramatta halfback Mitchell Moses has shared some more details around the “crazy day” he had last Friday, when he became a father for the first time while also leading his boyhood club to the grand final.
“It was a rollercoaster of emotions. I had every emotion thrown at me,” Moses said on SEN’S Breakfast with Vossy & Brandy.
Moses decided to travel up to Townsville with his teammates last Thursday, with the Eels preparing to play in their most important match since 2009’s grand final.
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The 28-year-old believed his daughter wouldn’t be born until the following week but was then made to make what he describes as the most difficult decision of his life. Moses opted to remain in Queensland and play the preliminary final, missing the birth of his child.
“I woke up on Friday and got told that [my partner] was going to go in. We didn’t know the time or anything.
“So, I woke up and was waiting for the call and it finally came around 2 o’clock or so. She was delivered at 3.50pm, or something like that.”
Moses revealed his partner wasn’t happy with his decision initially although eventually supported his choice, as he decided to play in the club’s prelim rather than travel back to Sydney.
“She was a bit filthy at the start when she got put in,” he recalled.
“She was a bit filthy, but she understood. She’s supported me through everything.”
His decision to remain with the team took coach Brad Arthur by surprise, yet Moses was adamant he had to stay and play.
“Brad said, ‘What are you doing? What are you still doing here? Get out of here’,” Moses said.
“And I just looked at him and said ‘I can’t. I can’t leave these boys here’.
“How hard we’ve worked all year and obviously I would have loved to be there for my first daughter but it’s just how it happened.”
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The halfback revealed how he witnessed the birth before having to get ready for the biggest game of his career up to that point.
“It was about an hour before I had to get ready for the game,” he told SEN.
“I finished all that over FaceTime – the arrival of my first daughter – and then had to get ready for a prelim.
“I had to get my head around that. It was just a massive day. A massive 24 hours.
“She was pretty much in labour the night before, the obstetrician said she would come before the game, so that put my mind at ease a little bit. But I was still all over the shop.
“I would have loved for it to happen another way but that’s just how it happened. It was still a special moment.”
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