Oldies ready to show up young guns
RUGBY LEAGUE: Fresh-faced teenagers will pack scrums opposite gnarled veterans when generations collide in an Across The Waves (ATW) Oldies v Current Players grudge match.
ATW coach Mark Craswell has promised no love will be lost when Bundaberg’s emerging league talent takes on their silver-backed predecessors.
“There will be a fair bit of taste in those first few hit-ups,” he said.
“I think some of the guys will be tempted to boot the ball as soon as it comes their way.”
The game will feature some interesting match-ups, with ATW frontrower Rohan Gibbs going head-to-head with his old man Allan, a former backrower.
Former halfback Troy Corey will be out to cut down his younger brother, ATW backrower Brett.
Brick-laying apprentice Dylan O’Mara will be out to topple his boss and former ATW player Dale Morrison.
Craswell said he would not be putting on a guernsey for the match.
“The young boys have been hitting too hard. I train them so I know better,” he laughed.
“Some of the older guys are talking it up, but I’d like to think they’ve taken out insurance .”
But oldies frontrower Anthony McLucas said his team would rely on experience and brawn to wipe the smiles off the faces of current players.
“We will play a physical game with less emphasis on skill and more on running over the top of them,” he said. “If we’re half as good as we remember, they’re in serious trouble.”
The game will be played on March 13 at the Across The Waves league grounds.