Among the many subplots to Sunday's fixture between a Tasmanian representative team and Central Coast Mariners was the continuation of a proud family tradition.
When Noah Mies joined the action at South Hobart's Darcy Street ground, he became the third generation of his family to represent his state in soccer.
The 20-year-old striker's involvement in a 3-1 loss to the A-League side followed father Roger playing against Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight at North Hobart Oval in 1993 and grandfather Peter featuring in three rep games in the mid-60s.
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Noah was proud to continue the dynasty and Launceston City's involvement in state representative contests.
"I'm very honoured to make it," said the 2017 state league young player of the year. "Playing alongside the best players in the state is a real achievement and hopefully it can lead to other things in the future - you don't get that chance very often."
Noah said he was well aware of his family's previous involvement.
"I've heard a lot about their achievements. There's a bit of weight on my shoulders but it's nice to have a family tradition at the club. It means a lot to these two and I'm proud to carry the name on."
Dutch-born Peter started the ball rolling after arriving in Tasmania in 1960.
Now 83 and City's club patron, the former centre-half retains vivid memories of his state games.
"I was the only Northern player in the side and that only happened because someone spoke up and questioned it," he said.
"I felt plenty of other players deserved it but never got the chance.
"We played Victoria in Melbourne and lost 2-1, drew 1-1 with South Australia at York Park and went to Wellington and got clobbered 4-1 by New Zealand. We left on a Friday, arrived in the dark, played Saturday and left in the dark, so really I saw nothing of the place."
Peter played club soccer up to the age of 44 and is pleased to have begun a family and club tradition.
"It's great. I don't think something like this happens much in sport.
"Roger played all over the country and I went with him cause he's my son and we do the same with Noah - wherever he plays, we'll be there."
Launceston-born Roger played in a 3-0 loss to a Nagoya Grampus Eight side featuring global superstars Jorginho, of Brazil, and England's 1986 World Cup golden boot winner Gary Lineker.
"Those two were both in the twilight of their careers but just had the ball on a string," said the 50-year-old who is a life member and director of football at City.
"They really got the maximum benefit from every touch and it was great to meet them both after the game."
The free-scoring forward adapted to a different role for the game.
"I played right midfield - I was quite fit back then. We had about four forwards in the side so rotated them around.
"I remember a great crowd atmosphere and just playing against guys we would not dream of coming across without leaving Tasmania."
Which Mies is bees' knees?
Peter Mies doesn't even pause when asked which family member is the better player.
"Noah is the best," he says of his grandson, without a thought for himself or son Roger.
"He's got two good feet. He's tall and strong with a good vision of the game.
"And he's clever. To be a top sportsman and be accepted you have to be smart. It's not enough just to play good football."
Since bursting onto the Tasmanian scene from junior club Westside, Noah has dominated City's goal-scoring - bagging 16 of their league total of 38 this season while generating plenty of interest from clubs around Tasmania, Australia and even overseas.
The 20-year-old is yet to finish his accountancy studies at the University of Tasmania.
He said he would like to carry on playing at Prospect Park but is keeping his options open, particularly following Lino Sciulli's decision to step down as coach after Saturday's season-ending loss at Olympia.
Whatever the striker's future holds, he is guaranteed plenty of support from his grandfather.
"I love coming to Noah's games," Peter added.
"It can sometimes be frustrating to watch but the effort he puts into a game is excellent.
"If he had two wingers like they've got at Devonport he would easily be winning the golden boot.
"If he had been born in Europe he might have made it bigger because he's got it all."
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