SEVENTY-something Keith Kennedy will lead the charge for the Murwillumbah Mongrels again this year.
SEVENTY-something Keith Kennedy will lead the charge for the Murwillumbah Mongrels again this year.

Mongrel mob seeks more scruffs

By GLEN SCOTT

THEY are a mob of mongrels and mighty proud of it.

The Murwillumbah Mongrels Golden Oldies rugby union team are playing their 11th season as part of the North Coast Golden Oldies competition, and they're keen to show there is plenty of life in the old dog yet.

The North Coast Golden Oldies is one of the biggest golden oldies competitions in Australia, with 12 registered teams.

For the uninitiated, golden oldies rugby is a competition with a minimum age requirement of 35.

It involves plenty of socialising, some loud recollection of your glory days and rugby thrown in for good measure.

Mongrels stalwart and exteacher Keith "Klakka" Kennedy has decided to lace on the boots for another season despite being on the wrong side of 70. The club is a little down on numbers this season, with 16 players compared to last year's squad of 23.

Ever the clubman, Kennedy has bolstered numbers though he says the club is looking for reinforcements.

"We'd like a few more players, you don't have to have a background in union."

If playing rugby well into your 30's and beyond sounds a little taxing, players can be substituted at any time and halftime provides a quick tonic for weary legs, Keith said.

"The players each have a shot of port at halftime."

In golden oldies, the colour of your shorts signifies the amount of defensive punishment you can receive in a match.

Normal club shorts means you are under 49 and fair game. Black shorts means you are between 49 and 59 so it is handle with care.

Gold shorts for over 65's are the colour every player sometimes wishes they could wear, because getting tackled is out completely. To join phone Jim Jenkins on 6672 5677 or contact the Imperial Hotel.



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