A series of over-35s games will be played in Murgon to commemorate the 1969 premiership-winning team.
A series of over-35s games will be played in Murgon to commemorate the 1969 premiership-winning team. Claudia Williams

Why Gary, 56, will pull on footy boots after almost 40 years

IT HAS been 50 years since the Goomeri-Kilkivan Reds Rugby League team won the South Burnett competition.

To commemorate the significant occasion, a series of over-35s games will be played in Murgon this weekend.

One of the more 'experienced' players on the day will be former under-18 Murgon Mustangs centre and winger, 56-year-old Gary Angel.

"I have made sure they have a defibrillator ready,” Angel said.

"I just hope they've put new batteries in.”

It has been almost 40 years since Angel's last competitive game of footy, and he is unsure of how he is going to go.

"There are four things you need to play footy: you need to be able to tackle, pass, run and catch the ball,” he said.

"I can only do two of those things.

"I am hoping to set the younger fellas up and let them take the big hits.”

The Wondai truck driver hung up his boots after his under-18 season to take up work with his father, who was a pretty handy forward himself.

"Our training was on Wednesday nights and I went to Brisbane for work on Wednesday,” he said.

"The coach said if you don't train, you don't play.”

One of the organisers of the event, Steven Alexander, said it was an opportunity to remember the premiership-winning Goomeri-Kilkivan Reds and the 1991 premiers, Murgon Mustangs.

"It's great to get everyone back together,” Alexander said.

"It's a bit of a reunion.”

The 1969 Reds' achievements certainly deserve to be acknowledged.

They went through the season undefeated, and their for and against was an impressive 700-60.

"We've organised to get some of the original players to present the jerseys to the current players,” Alexander said.

While the players of yesteryear are looking forward to running out on the field again, they may need to be reminded their skills aren't what they used to be.

"It'll be semi serious, but still a heap of fun,” Alexander said.

"Some may forget they're not 20 any more.

"Everyone has to go to work on Monday.”

Rugby league fans will be spoilt with a full day of action in Murgon on Saturday, July 27.

The junior games will start from 8.15am.

The A-grade game will kick off at 1pm and the first of four over-35s games will start at 2.35pm.

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