Nutta’s Randomness – The Venerables.
Over the festive season the information can dry up a bit. However we additionally discover ourselves with a couple of moments to ourselves to replicate, surf some websites and search for some transient escapism when mid-shift on pre-Christmas procuring expeditions or someplace between our 2nd and third helpings of put up Christmas Day trifle.
So in assist of offering a little bit content material to fill such moments of semi-conscious interweb browsing, between reruns of The Griswolds Household Christmas and Die Exhausting, I assumed to maybe pre-write a couple of wee articles and drop them periodically.
This one is about recognising and celebrating our extra venerable gamers – the fellows who simply carry on truckin’.
For folks across the Sydney space, one well-known face is Michael ‘Monkey’ Munro who chalked up 600 video games for Mosman Rugby Membership (on the age of 70!) in 2021. And when final I noticed him final 12 months he was nonetheless a contented hooker with boots within the boot of his automobile. Truthful play to the lad and lengthy might he cost about.
And I do know that in 2018, as pictured under, Russell ‘Rusty’ Mackie racked up his 378th recreation for Manly as a spritely 71yr outdated hooker coming off the bench towards North Sydney. Though I misplaced observe of him after that, so maybe Covid was the top of his taking part in days (can anybody replace?).
Within the worldwide recreation, at a relatively juvenile 38yrs of age, Greg Holmes grew to become the oldest participant chosen for the Wobblies since World Conflict II when named on the reserves bench for a 2021 Rugby Championship Check towards Argentina. Whereas so far as I can inform, the oldest participant ever in a World Cup was Diego Ormaechea (under) who turned out for Uruguay at a mere gelding 40yrs younger. And for the sake of it, the youngest participant at a World Cup was Georgian Vasil Lobzhanidze who performed twice within the 2015 tourney as an 18 12 months outdated (who beat our personal Jordy Petaiea by almost a full 12 months).
Again to common clubland, Brian Sampson of Oakham RFC has performed rugby for 56 years to 2022 and at 75yrs younger he just lately mentioned he has no plans to hold up his boots as he approaches taking part in his 2,000th recreation. The rangey lock (pictured under) has turned out for Oakham RFC (close to Leicester in England) for the previous 34 years, however initially made his grade-debut in 1966 apparently. Sure, he’s a grandad. A number of instances.
Talking of 75yr olds, in early 2017 I got here throughout one John Goldman who was additionally so aged and nonetheless turning out at tighthead prop for Mill Hill Rugby 2nd XV, at Copthall Fields alongside Saracens’ dwelling floor in Barnet (London). Apparently he returned to rugby at aged 50 after giving it away when leaving college. And remarkably he saved on truckin’, usually at tighthead no much less, for over 440 extra matches and thru two bouts with most cancers and one coronary heart assault, till lastly hanging up the boots aged 79 in late 2020.
Gents of a sure classic nonetheless making use of for early entry standing into heaven should not simply restricted to Aus and the UK, although, with 84 12 months outdated Koichi Seino nonetheless being a notable participant for the Fuwaku Rugby Membership in Tokyo. Additionally in Japan there’s 89 12 months outdated lock Ryuichi Nagayama (under), nonetheless keener than mustard after being quoted as late as 2019 with saying “This will likely sound unusual, however I misplaced my spouse years in the past, and now I might say, I don’t thoughts dying taking part in rugby.” Hear hear.
And naturally it’d be remiss of me right here to not point out Easton Roy, who was nonetheless taking part in at 96yrs of age. Easton began taking part in throughout WW2 and was nonetheless an occasional participant on the Bridgehaugh dwelling floor of Stirling County, Scotland till his final recreation, in 2019, on his 96th birthday! Thus, bookended by the imposing girth of Stirling Fort behind one deadball line and the William Wallace monument on the different, he’s thought to be the oldest participant to have ever performed.
However in recognition of the true coronary heart and soul of any workforce – The Row – under we see Jeff, Brooksy and Banger turning out but once more, and nonetheless very a lot going robust, for Outdated Isleworthians RFC, west of London with a mixed age of 182 years as of 2022. That’s the perfect mixture age I’ve discovered but. Though it should be mentioned that Bangers shorts look a little bit clear and new for my tastes (maybe he solely simply paid his subs?).
Anyway, there are a couple of gents to place most to disgrace. I’m 48yrs and nonetheless rolling about within the mud and these lads give me purpose to maintain going.
So give me your tales of the warhorses previous, and maybe nonetheless present, within the feedback under…