Dusting off their jerseys
RETIRED Echidna players will be pulling their footy boots out of storage and willing their sore knees to hold out at the Old Boys Day on Saturday.
Kicking off at the Ant's Nest, the Roma Echidnas vs Goondiwindi games will have former players ranging from 20-60 years of age dusting off their jerseys and showing the young fellas how it's done.
President of the Roma Echidnas Rugby Union Football Club Richard Bright believes the Old Boys Day is a great way for retired players to get back in touch with old team mates.
"We have old players now living in Brisbane and Toowoomba who still call us every Saturday to find out the results of the games,” Bright said.
After retiring from refereeing last year, Bright decided he wanted a way to give back to the club.
"My main goal is to make sure we always have a viable Rugby Union club here in Roma,” Bright said.
"It always a great turnout on the day as we have old players coming from far and wide to attend the annual event,” Bright said.
Roma resident Matthew Edwards, who has been playing for the Echidnas for 17 years, has his 13-year-old son Tim playing his opening junior rugby league game before the Old Boys match this Saturday.
Close to 1000 junior rugby league and Maranoa netball players will be walking in a march past parade at 8.30am before the junior rugby league games kick off at 9.30am.
Both the Edwards are excited to come out and have a run while supporting a great club.
"The Echidnas are four for four at the moment, but Goondiwindi is a powerhouse side, so this game will be a big test for them,” Edwards said.
"I can't wait to catch up with some of my old team mates and be part of what is sure to be a close game.”
The C-grade game will kick off at 1.45pm and the A-grade boys will be playing at 3pm.
Wear your Echidnas Jersey to receive a complimentary beer on game day.
"It's going to be an enormous day,” Edwards said.