Masters tournament set for Coffs

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.”