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FOUR NATIONS VETERANS RUGBY FESTIVAL

FOUR NATIONS VETERANS  RUGBY FESTIVAL
By Lisa Adams - Aug 31, 2017 08:07
The Redcliffe Rugby Union will proudly host the Four Nations Rugby Festival early in September at its home ground.

The Four Nations Rugby Festival is a Veterans Rugby Queensland event and is the third and final major event for Veterans Rugby in 2017. The spirit of this ‘Golden Oldies’ sport is epitomised in the motto Fun, Friendship and Fraternity, and this international catchphrase is the central theme of not only the Festival but every game of Golden Oldies Rugby.

Veterans Rugby Queensland started out as the Queensland Over 35’s Association, which was established in Brisbane and outlying areas in the 1980s as a not-for profit organisation to administer ‘Golden Oldies’ Rugby, as it was then known. They were responsible for the general day-to-day organisation of ‘Oldies’ rugby, the rules that governed the game, and its promotion.

The veteran’s games encourage socialisation, family values and an all-inclusive approach to playing rugby for life. Veteran Rugby Clubs, who form part of Veterans Rugby Queensland, are heavily involved in all aspects of junior, senior, and elite rugby.

“We give back to the game, as much as we can, to grow it across all ages and demographics,” says Mal Hedley of The Redcliffe Rugby Union.

“We also support our own, especially through our commitment to the values of Australian mental health support group, Beyond Blue, helping our [members] to identify and safely deal with men’s health issues such as depression, mental illness and the like.”

The winner of the Four Nations Festival will take home the Kenny Cup, which has been named after a veteran player who passed away earlier this year. There will be plenty of entertainment, food and drinks available, ensuring it will be a great day out for the whole family.

Game Schedule
Saturday 9th September,
1pm for a 2.30pm kick-off, 3 games
2.30pm Rusty Old Demons All Stars vs Barbarians
3.45pm Pacific Lions vs Walkbokkies
5pm Old Blacks vs Wobblies
Presentations will follow
Ray Frawley Fields, Silcock St Clontarf
Entry is free