Supa Oldies up for another season
HIS ever-expanding competition has wound up for another summer season but Supa Oldie Soccer publicity officer David Anderson is already eyeing an even better 2010/11 campaign.
An all-time high of 27 teams kicked off the non-competitive league in October with the last goals being scored on Thursday in the final round.
Since debuting with eight sides in 1998, the event has grown to include both men and women players of all skill levels.
The victorious team is traditionally drawn out of a hat at the end of the season.
But the whole occasion is a cause for celebration for Anderson and his elated soccer officials.
“Every year it gets better and better,” he said.
“A lot of teams have 15 to 20 players and then they want to split and form another side because they have enough players.”
Some well-placed tweaking of the rules masterminded the game’s growth in recent years.
“A couple of years ago we changed the rules and made that each team had to have one female player,” Anderson said.
“It made guys play more socially.
“It’s almost become a social group.”
While around ‘five per cent of players have never played before’, there is a large portion of competitors who come from various sporting backgrounds.
And with the winter season kicking off soon Anderson hopes to attract a few more sporting nomads.
About eight teams are likely to line up during the upcoming campaign.
“A lot of people that play come from hockey or rugby league,” he said.
“And sometimes on a Thursday night it’s a bit cold out there and they don’t want to play.
“This is the perfect time to play during the summer season.”
The competition is open to any men over the age of 30 and women over 18.
For more information about Supa Oldie Soccer go to www.graftonsos.org.au.