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The rising sons who could make the greatest difference to Collingwood and Essendon

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At some stage, following the Last Post and before the final siren, Darcy Moore will be opposed to the player who represents his Essendon counterpart in several ways, Joe Daniher.

Moore and Daniher have never played on one another for various reasons, mainly because the Collingwood tall only made the transition to permanent defender in the course of 2018, when Moore and Daniher spent the bulk of the season in the stands, striving, but never quite overcoming, wounded hamstrings (Moore) and groins (Daniher).

Moore and Daniher have led almost parallel football lives: The sons of distinguished ex-players Peter Moore and Anthony Daniher, both were recruited under the father-son rule, costing their club a top 10 pick under the bidding system, yet rightly seen as bargains (Daniher was a potential pick No.1).

Anthony Daniher takes a flyer in 1991.Credit:Wayne Ludbey

Both were sorely needed by their clubs to fill key position vacancies and lumbered with lofty expectations. Both are athletic talls who’ve been afflicted with injuries that, at the least, have postponed their rise in the game’s pecking order. In........

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