Billy Bishop from the Bullrouts appears to have lost little of his passing skill.
Billy Bishop from the Bullrouts appears to have lost little of his passing skill. GARY NICHOLS

Golden Oldies steal footy show

SOME of the finest rugby skills ever witnessed were on display at the Grafton Rugby Fields on Saturday.

And they didn't come from the two representative fixtures between Far North Coast and Mid North Coast.

Spectators were drawn to field two as Golden Oldie rugby players showcased their skills and aging bodies in the annual Grafton Bullrouts Six-Pack tournament.

The home side hosted players from Moree, Coffs Harbour, Casino and Port Macquarie in searing heat.

The local Bullrouts side were at their very best as they mesmerised the opposition with dazzling footwork, deft passing skills and the obligatory scull of port at half-time.

With bung knees, crook backs and the odd cauliflower ear players turned back the clock as they struggled with the hot conditions and one-sided referees.

After the matches players headed down – I should I say limped down – to the Australian Hotel for dinner, presentations and a chance to stretch the truth about their playing capabilities.

With several Golden Oldies tournaments coming up and in a bid to reach peak fitness the Bullrouts continue to train on Tuesday nights at the Grafton rugby grounds.



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