Reunion for Coffs clubs
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IF YOU'VE ever heard the tall tales a fisherman can let out in front out of an audience, then you might have an inkling of how bad old footballers can be at a reunion.
At these functions you always hear a sentence start with 'When we were playing . .', 'Back in our day . .' or 'Do you remember how good I was when . .'.
No doubt the tall tales will start up again tomorrow at the Coffs Rugby Club when the reunion of the 1990 grand final match between Beaches and Harlequins takes place while the unified Coffs Rugby team chases premiership glory.
Before 1990, there was only one rugby team in Coffs Harbour, the Schnappers.
So dominant were they that it was considered better for the code that the club split into two and the Beaches and Harlie's were formed.
High Street was the reference point used to split the club.
Anyone who lived south of High St became a Harlequin, while the Beaches team was made up of those who lived north of the town's main thoroughfare.
The captain-coaches of the two teams in 1990 were Dwayne Vignes and Bruce Worboys.
Worboys was in charge of the Beaches team that season and is looking forward to catching up with old friends although he doesn't want want to be reminded of the scoreline that day.
"It's not important who won that day," he said.
Vignes couldn't help himself and quickly responded with a big laugh.
"It's not important to him but we're doing it again next year and we won that one too," the Harlequins leader said.
Like any reunion, Vignes is most looking forward to seeing people he hasn't been in contact with for a while.
"Just catching up with them is what I'm looking forward to," he said.
"There's a heap that haven't been here and come out to the games for a while and it's just catching up with them.
"They all love their rugby but they don't get a chance because of other commitments."
Worboys was quick to list those commitments that the older generation of rugby players must attend to.
"Work, family, golf," he said.
"We lose a lot to golf."
While the Coffs boys are sweating out for premiership glory, all past players are invited to come along to the reunion and start sharing the old tales how much better football was in their day.
"It's just a matter of getting out here, having a few drinks and supporting the Coffs guys in the grand final," was Vignes perfect summation of the day.