What do you do if you have a crucial soccer game on the same day as your wedding? Both! Goalkeeper Luke Borean just wasn't going to let a little thing like his own marriage stop him from playing in his club's crucial semi-final on Saturday.
In a conundrum seemingly pulled straight out of a romantic comedy, Borean, who plays for Lions FC in Australia's NPL Queensland competition, found himself with a most unfortunate double booking that day.
The 30-year-old was long expected to marry his partner, Ellen, on November 21, but, due to a regular season delayed by COVID, he was now expected to also keep the goal in the semi-finals of the Lions FC v Peninsula Power.
To put it another way, there was a game in Heaven and another at AJ Kelly Park.
– Simon Smale (@simon_smale) November 21, 2020
Nonetheless, in a show of compromise that makes it clear who the real custodian of the relationship is, a suitable solution has been found for both parties.
Taking a break from his morning nuptials, Borean, with his new wife in tow and still dressed in her tuxedo, ditched the team bus and instead hopped into a rented Ferrari to do a beeline for AJ Kelly Park; arrive in time to take their usual position between posts.
Still resplendent in the dress she had worn for the ceremony, his new wife immediately grabbed a front row seat in the bleachers – her veil nestled neatly on the back of her chair.
Get a load of the bride! 👰👀 pic.twitter.com/vCHV2Phh6e
– JoelTHFC (@JoelTHFC) November 21, 2020
Maybe being in the air improves performance because, although Peninsula Power ended the regular season 12 points ahead of Lions FC, Borean's side took the lead 3- 1 at halftime before finally becoming 4-1.
The Power, conversely, certainly didn't feel the love: ending the contest with just nine men.
The episode will undoubtedly strengthen the legend that is Borean in NPL Queensland – one of the many state leagues that make up Australia's second tier. The goalkeeper was already instantly recognizable thanks to his superstitious habit of always wearing a beanie during games – even in the sweltering tropical conditions of Queensland – and his predilection for Jose Luis Chilavert to take shots on goal for his team.
– Kianna “Banned UEFA from football” Roar (@KiannaRoar) November 21, 2020
Perhaps explaining his habit of brushing his teeth before every match, the eccentric goalkeeper also used to suck a lollipop during matches, but now limits this ritual to pre-match walkouts after Football Queensland l hit on the head because of its visual similarity to a cigarette.
His new wife, who must have the patience of a saint, will probably have to wait a week for her honeymoon; The Lions are reserving a spot for next week's Grand Final against Olympic FC or the Gold Coast Knights.