Reg flies the Redmen flag
FOR most Australians flying the Aussie flag from a flagpole gives them a sense of pride and patriotism.
And don't get me wrong, Reg McLennan is a proud Aussie.
But at his North St home there is something unusual waving in the breeze. A giant-size Grafton Redmen flag, which Reg hoists at 9am every Saturday.
"I always ring my son Peter up to tell him how the Redmen went on the weekend and I also talk to my daughters about the game," Reg explained.
"So along with my wife Kay, they decided to design a Redmen flag, which I got for Christmas."
Reg's son Peter was one of the best second-rowers to play for Grafton but even after his son's retirement from the game you'll find one of the Redmen's most passionate and loyal supporters on the sideline cheering on his side every home game.
"I've been supporting Grafton since about 1986, when Peter was playing juniors, and continued when he was playing seniors," he said.
"Even though Peter's moved away I still follow them. It's a great Saturday afternoon having a beer with your mates, win, lose or draw.
"We usually get the best crowds and even though we're not the top team this year we'll still attract a big crowd."
Decked out in the Redmen colours, Reg admits he loves nothing better than listening to the expert commentary on the sidelines, especially from ex-players.
"It's great to meet up with some mates like Bingo (Warren Bingham), Pete Nyland and Tonko (Peter Tonkin)," Reg said.
"You have a few beers and listen to their expert opinions and commentary."
Like most Redmen fans Reg is bewildered by the horror draw Grafton was handed by Far North Coast Rugby, which has starved him and fellow supporters of watching their side run around.
"It's terrible. Here we are in round four and it's our first home game," he said.
"We then have a bye next week before we're away to Lennox for the second time.
"We play Lennox twice and we haven't even played Uni or Lismore. It just doesn't add up."
Draw aside, Reg said he can't wait for today's game against Ballina. But before he heads out to Rugby Park, Reg has one important task to take perform - raise the Redmen flag to full mast.
"I put it up every Saturday morning and hopefully for the rest of the home games we'll have it at full mast," he said.
"And who knows, if we win the grand final I might fly it for a week or two."
The Redmen take on Ballina in four grades today at Rugby Park, while the Redmen's Presidents Cup side clashes with Evans River.