Byron Bay players Ryan McGuicken (left) and Roger Trimmer share a laugh as they relax between games.
Byron Bay players Ryan McGuicken (left) and Roger Trimmer share a laugh as they relax between games.

Golden oldies shine bright in fun rugby tournament

THE hair may be greyer and the waistlines a little larger but the old magic is still there for Graeme Barnes and his Golden Oldies colleagues.

Barnes was among scores of players from across the region and south-east Queensland taking part in this year's Golden Oldies super-carnival.

The not-so-competitive day provided an opportunity for players well into their pensioner years to pull on their boots again - and enjoy some brown lemonade liquid refreshment along the way.

Lennox Head Stags player Barnes was among those showing flashes of the old formidable form.

"I set up three tries, scored two and made about five try-saving tackles," the 57-year-old said with a grin.

"This day is really about fun, friendship ... and having a few drinks.

"That's the Golden Oldies tradition."

The event at Lennox Head's Williams Reserve on Saturday saw players aged from 35 and upwards enjoy short matches.

The annual event is dubbed Nash Bash in honour of much-loved former Golden Oldies luminary Glen Nash, who sadly passed away 20 years ago aged 37.

Nash's son Jack, 29, who has just moved back north after eight years in Wollongong, was among those enjoying the "wonderful" tribute to his dad.

"It just goes to show that in a small community, people do make a difference," he said.

"It's a great event. You have these younger guys who are still pretty big and these older boys still showing them a thing or two."

Barnes said the cause was well worth a few bumps and bruises.

"I probably won't be able to move until about 4pm on Sunday," he said. "It'll be just in time for another beer.

"Glen was one of those people who liked everyone, and everyone liked him.

"We look forward to this every year."

Queenslander Shoey Shoemyster has not played A-grade rugby for about 20 years but enjoyed being part of the "sensational" day.

"Maybe there was a little bit of magic still there," he said. "I'm 55, but still going strong.

"It's a great place to come and play rugby. Everyone is so relaxed and hospitable.

"It's been a wonderful day."


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