Kate Hirst - 8 October 2013
Touch football team, the Sydney Blue Pointers are back to defend their title at this year’s 14th Australian Masters Games in Geelong.
Comprising members from local touch football clubs across Sydney, the team have been competing for over 28 years and have not missed an Australian Masters Games to date.
The team includes star player Ray ‘Bullet’ Lawrence, an Australian representative touch footballer and Hall of Fame member.
Known for his speed and agility on field, Bullet represented Australia 11 times including five World Cup fixtures and six test matches.
He speaks proudly of the Blue Pointers’ efforts,
“the team has won gold at every Masters Games - except one where they received silver.”
The average age of the team’s players is 66 with the oldest player using his participation to keep fit at 72.
Captain, John Oaks, says of the experience.
“It’s a great way to show camaraderie between mates and provides a good opportunity to stay in the sport as well as assisting to keep us relatively fit”.
The team is confident in defending its title in the over 60’s at this year’s Games.
The Australian Masters Games will be staged until Saturday 12 October and is one of Australia’s largest multi sporting events.
For further Australian Masters Games information and to register, visit – www.AustralianMastersGames.com
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