BACK IN ACTION: Over-35s teams from all around the Northern Rivers got together at Evans Head to raise money for a worthy cause.
BACK IN ACTION: Over-35s teams from all around the Northern Rivers got together at Evans Head to raise money for a worthy cause.

Golden oldies kick on for chopper

THERE was an array of colours on Stan Payne Oval at Evans Head over the weekend as the Golden Oldies over-35s mini- festival kicked off.

As part of a fundraising day for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter 'old' footballers travelled from Ballina, Kyogle, Casino and Lennox Head to join the Evans Head Sperm Whales for a football game.

There was plenty of good humour and fun as the men and one woman played modified rules of rugby.

"Yeah, rules modified by the ref," referee John Mayes joked.

President of the Sperm Whales, Graham Barr said last year they had raised $3000 for the helicopter service and this year they made a little bit more with $3500.

"There had been an injury in the main game between the Evans Head Killer Whales and Yamba Buccaneers," he said.

"The delay there meant by the time we had finished our game it was dark and cold and most people needed to head home, so we didn't have our auctions.

"However, it was a successful day and the weather was beautiful."

Mr Barr estimated around 250 spectators had come out to watch 65 of the Golden Oldies play.



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