Gold Coast Panthers claim over 35s title
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE bones and muscles of the combatants may be a bit sorer today but the Over 35s tournament proved to be a hit once again with the footballers who took to the International Stadium.
In warm conditions the veterans of the game showed that speed may have proven to be only temporary but class lasts forever.
High standard football was played all weekend before the Gold Coast Panthers claimed the title with a 2-1 victory over The Johnnies.
With only four minutes remaining in the final, the Panthers made the sealing strike to take an unassailable 2-0 lead before The Johnnies scored a very late consolation goal.
Auckland based team Waitemata NHK claimed the Shield 1-0 over Armidale while Bathurst 75 which was made up mainly of Sawtell players lost the Plate final 1-0 in extra time with both sides only having six men on the field each due to the drop-off rule which was used in added time.