Shirley Hughes, left, of Goonellabah, and Jan Boyd, of Lismore, will be among Saturday night?s crowd.
Shirley Hughes, left, of Goonellabah, and Jan Boyd, of Lismore, will be among Saturday night?s crowd.

Footy veterans geared up, that?s the ticket

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

THEY may not be as loud as they used to be, but Shirley Hughes and Jan Boyd are just as passionate as they ever were about their footy.

The women were two of 55 proud winners of tickets from The Northern Star to the National Rugby League trial match between Cronulla and Parramatta in Lismore this Saturday.

Jan, 67, of Lismore, said she practically reared her three children on the sideline of Oakes Oval and looked forward to seeing the cream of the crop go head-to-head at the ground this weekend.

"I'm not as loud in the crowd as I used to be," she said.

"I'm a subdued grandmother now!"

Shirley, 71, of Goonellabah, said she too had calmed down since the days of running the South Lismore Junior Rugby League Club years ago.

"I'm getting too old for that now ? it's not good for the throat," she said.

"When my sons were growing up and playing it was a different story."

Nevertheless, both women said they were ecstatic to win tickets to the NRL game and planned to watch it with quiet awe from the grandstands.

"I'm hoping for a good, clean, fair game," Jan said.

"The level of skill in NRL games is higher than the local matches, and it's something the young ones can aspire to."

Shirley said she would support the Sharks for her son's sake.

"He's a big fan of Cronulla ? he'd kill for this top I'm wearing," she said.

"But as long as it's a good game I don't really mind. May the best team win!"

Jan said if not for the free tickets she won from The Northern Star, she probably would have missed out on the game altogether.

"I was going to dutifully drive my husband and the men along and drop them off so they could watch it," she said.

"But now I've got the tickets I'm going to go along with my sister."

Jan said she would be barracking for the Eels, also because her son was a Parramatta supporter.

"My son follows Parra and they came and did a bit of publicity up here with the Mullum side," she said.

"And my son (Tim Boyd) is a trainer for Mullumbimby, so he was very happy about that."

Eric Grove, John Morris and Dean Whitters from Parramatta will be signing autographs at Keen Sports in Woodlark Street today from 5.30pm.

Sharks players will hold a skills and drills session for children at Oakes Oval from 3.45pm tomorrow.



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