Nurofen and beer will get Jim through
By ADAM HICKS
IF drug testers were working at the Lismore Masters Games, they would have to get a laugh out of Jim Phillips.
The 43-year-old soccer player said he would use Nurofen and beer to help him through a busy weekend that couples a Far North Coast grand final with the Masters Games.
Phillips will play soccer in the Masters for defending gold medallists '64s today and tomorrow morning, before stepping up tomorrow afternoon for Lennox Head in the FNC premier reserve grand final, then returning to Masters competition on Sunday.
"It's scarey, eh?," he said.
"I'll be feeling those old injuries ... my bones will be creaking. I guess I'd better get out the Nurofen pretty quickly."
Phillips stressed the importance of responsible pharmacology when self-medicating.
"The Nurofen is before the match; I medicate with beer afterwards," he said.
The Coca-Cola sales rep from Skennars Head has been involved in soccer for nearly 40 years and earned the title of Soccer Legend for the Games this year.
"Soccer legend, what a title, what an honour," he said wryly.
"I'll be out all night celebrating after we win that one (the grand final), then backing up on Sunday for the Masters Games," he said.
"Only a legend could do that.
"I guess that earns the title."
Having started playing as a four-year-old in the Bankstown kindergarten league, Phillips joined Goonellabah and won the premier league premiership and Golden Boot award in 1994.
This season he played for Lennox Head Over-35s but was called into the premier reserve squad for the finals.