Golden Oldies ready to celebrate big milestone
WHETHER it was playing a game against a Southern Cross University female team or fundraising for rugby union juniors, the Lismore golden oldies have plenty to be proud of.
The golden oldies will get the chance to reflect on the history of club when they celebrate their 25-year anniversary at the Lismore Heights Bowling Club on Saturday night.
Some original members are still active in the club while the likes of Peter Larsson and John Beacroft have served multiple times as president.
"We all get together under a common umbrella to have a bit of fun,” event organiser Russell Irwin said.
"We promote juniors as much as we can and we have guys that support and coach a few of the junior teams in Lismore.
"Another two help out as assistant coaches so we give back to the rugby club as much as we can.
"We're hoping to get about 60 there on the night and the more the merrier.”
The golden oldies pride themselves on providing a pathway for grade players who are on the cusp of retirement moving into a more social atmosphere.
They play touch footy on Wednesday nights and take part in tournaments during the season.
"It doesn't matter how well you play, we've always catered for everyone,” Irwin said.
"We played a tournament in Coffs Harbour last year where there was a bloke in a wheelchair.
"There was restrictions on what he could do but he was still able to play rugby and enjoy himself.
"We've got some mentally challenged players that come along to touch footy on Wednesday nights and we embrace them.
"There is no restrictions on who can play and it's always been played in the right spirit.”
The dinner starts at 6pm and tickets can be purchased through John Forster on 0434844217 or Neil Short 0410451000.