HAVING A BALL: Wollongbar-Alstonville representative Leo McLean looks to offload during the Golden Oldies Rugby Union tournament at Lennox Head on Saturday.
HAVING A BALL: Wollongbar-Alstonville representative Leo McLean looks to offload during the Golden Oldies Rugby Union tournament at Lennox Head on Saturday. Doug Eaton

Golden days relived

A BROKEN leg and a busted head were all part of the action when the Far North Coast Golden Rugby season began at Williams Reserve, Lennox Head on Saturday.

A Caboolture player suffered the broken leg while Lennox Head Stags player Steve Lennon also took a ride in the ambulance after a head clash required half-a-dozen stitches.

"Apart from the few injuries it was a very successful day," Lennox Head player and zone media officer Tony Clarke said.

"There would have been a few aches and pains (yesterday) but it was good to get the cobwebs out."

The first Golden Rugby round of the year was the Nash Bash which included the nine local teams and five invitational teams from Queensland.

The day culminated with a NSW against Queensland state of origin style match featuring players from all teams.

Despite no score being kept, NSW walked away with the bragging rights this year after some impressive tries.

"There was a bit of niggle but no one let the occasion get to them," Clarke said.

"It was all played in good spirit and the boys left it all on the field.

"With players and spectators we would have had more than 200 people at the ground.

"Some of the clubs are stronger than others and Lismore, Kyogle and Lennox Head were well represented."

Wollongbar-Alstonville is the newest FNC team to enter the competition with the next round to be played at Kyogle in a fortnight.



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