Yamba Buccs lift for past men
RUGBY UNION: In more than four decades competing on the north coast, the Yamba Buccaneers have amassed a proud history as a club, a history the Buccaneers like to reflect on and pay homage to.
No day gives them a better opportunity than today's Old Boys Day, with the side expecting to host a throng of former players and stalwarts at "Kane Douglas Field” (Yamba Rugby Oval) as it embarks on a final-round Clash of the Heads with the Iluka Cossacks.
Club president Bob Thompson said the day was a good opportunity for past players to reminisce, and current players to feel pride in the jersey.
"It is a good opportunity for the old boys to all get together and reminisce on how good they used to be,” Thompson said.
"Especially when the club has not had the best season, it just emphasises the most important point is that we are out on the field and playing football in the black and gold,” he said.
But that does not mean the Yamba side will be any less focused on the task onfield, with the youthful Buccaneers outfit ready to lift against its cross-river rivals.
The strong Cossacks have claimed victory all four times the two sides have met this season, but in every game the scoreline has not reflected the tenacity of the contest.
"The last couple have been very competitive well in to the second half,” Thompson said.
"We are definitely expecting the same thing this weekend. We have got a couple back from injuries and have been looking good in training,” he said.
"Iluka have been strong this season with the influx of Lower Clarence rugby league talent, and Kris Thomsen (Iluka captain) is still one of the best players on the Far North Coast.”
Buccaneers are expecting to host a strong crowd, with several former players travelling up from Sydney.
Former Buccaneer junior, NSW Waratahs' second- rower Jed Holloway, will also be among the crowd in Yamba today as he cheers on a young Buccaneers outfit.
Yamba full-back Adrian Miller will also be hoping to continue his good run of form since he rejoined the Buccaneers team midseason.
"It has been great having him back for the last few games,” Thompson said.