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Friday 16 March 2012 | Published in Regional


After a deserved break from their major game as the curtain raiser to the Aitutaki Sharks and Avatiu Eels the previous week, the league masters are back into full action kicking off at 5pm this afternoon at the Nikao Field hosted by the Avatiu-Nikao Mongoose.

The recovery rate for the old boys is a bit slow and for some it may take a couple weeks or even a month before they can be back on the field.

However, it is great to see the old papas running around on the field and most importantly enjoying themselves.

With stringent rules in place to control and protect the game from rough play, there is a lot of free running and a good flow to the game.

They do get the odd new graduate to the masters (40+) thinking that he is still playing in the premier grade and then there’s the DMD (during my days) player reminiscing about his heyday when he use to do the big hits or get smashed himself.

However, they do learn quickly and get put in their right place by some of the old heads trying to play to the spirit of the masters game.

A lot of talk lately about checking your warrant of fitness and this is an issue to be taken seriously.

Congratulations to the Avatiu-Nikao Mongoose for taking the lead in encouraging their members to get a new warrant of fitness for 2012 from the hospital. So the message here to the old boys is a little bit of exercise, a bit of a walk-walk, stretch the old legs and come down to the field for a bit of a jog.

As the good book says ‘a little exercise profits little’ but the point here is that it has a profit.

A shout out to all the masters 40+ (black shorts) 50+ (red shorts) and 60+ (gold shorts) to be at the Nikao Field this afternoon for the game.

Kick off 5pm sharp and then to the Rose Garden afterwards for debriefing session.