MASTERS rugby league takes to the field this Saturday when Dungowan Dinosaurs take on Kootingal at Dungowan’s Recreation Reserve at noon.
It will be a big day of rugby league at Dungowan with the Masters game followed by the Group 4 Rugby League’s Ladies League Tag at 1pm and then the local Second Division Shield derby between Dungowan and Kootingal at 2.30pm.
The Masters feel that the games are in the wrong order and that they should be the main game so people can see how rugby league used to be played the old-fashioned way.
Masters rugby league is very similar to the normal game of rugby league with a few rule modifications for the “old fellas”.
It’s for players 35 years of age and over, with players 35 to 49 wearing white shorts, 50 to 59 wearing red shorts and 60 plus wearing gold shorts.
Depending on what colour shorts a player is wearing decides if that player can be tackled, held or just touched to complete a tackle.
It’s a game played for fun and friendship.
No scores are kept and all games finish in a draw.
There is unlimited interchange and some of these outstanding athletes can actually play for up to five minutes before having to be replaced.
Some players sometimes get a bit carried away trying to do what they used to do 20 years ago and, while the brain lets them think they are 20 years younger, the body will have no part of it and they end up in a very uncomfortable position.
Anyone interested in playing in this Masters Game will be more than welcome.
Any other clubs who want to form teams to have a game would also be welcome.
Wheelchairs, motorised scooters and walkers are not allowed on the field but other than these exceptions it is all go. Come out and have a run or walk or hobble even if it is only for five minutes and get in the spirit of the game and have some fun.
For more Masters information contact Peter Blom firstname.lastname@example.org or 0408 658 154.