OLD footy players should begin checking for spiders and start shining their boots as the Masters of Rugby League’s national tournament will be centred in Coffs Harbour from October 6-9.
Organising secretary Malcolm Duncan said 20 Sydney clubs were already booked in and with interstate entries still being calculated, the final total could be as many as 40 teams.
A team is being raised in Perth by Hilton Dunn, father of Group 2 referee David Dunn.
“It’s not our average game of footy as we don’t keep score, there are no kicks at goal and for some reason it always ends up a draw,” Duncan laughed.
“The accent is on having a good time and if any bloke looks like he’s trying to be over-serious, we give him a tap on the shoulder and tell him he’s not ready for Masters yet.
“At their age they’ve got nothing more to prove, so it becomes a very social occasion.”
Regular visitor and league legend Cliff Lyons will be coming in a side from the Manly northern beaches while former Bulldogs forward Mitch Newton is one of a many ex-NRL players on the way.
Official rules ensure the players don’t lose anything more than a little sweat and coloured shorts are worn to designate a player’s age and what special conditions apply to them with running and tackling.
“Enjoyment and sportsmanship is the key component,” Duncan said.
“At the end of each day there’ll be a function at Coffs Leagues Club which will be the centre of the family fun that always is enjoyed by the boys.”