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CHAMPIONS: The Noosa over 35s football side were certainly far from over the hill.
CHAMPIONS: The Noosa over 35s football side were certainly far from over the hill. Contributed

MANAGED jointly by Adam of the well-known Madill automotive family and local tradie Mathew Newman, the Noosa Over 35s football side took out the premier event at the Sunshine Coast Supa-Oldies Tournament.

The annual masters competition attracts teams from all over Australia and is the biggest of its kind in the country.

After tearing his hamstring in the first match, technical director Kevin Aherne-Evans took the field for the finals.

His constant communication and defensive tactics ensured both the semi-final against the Canberra side and the grand final against Brisbane-based Dunahammy went to penalties.

Both these teams were peppered with a liberal dose of ex-professional and semi-professional players while Noosa fielded a team of dads who enjoyed their football. Aherne-Evans in accepting the trophy wore out the old cliche: "A team of champions is no match for a champion team.”

The outstanding efforts of Noosa goalkeeper Craig Goodall were enough to earn him the Player of the Tournament award.

If there was an award for the "most social”, the Noosa Women's O30 side would be winners. While only a 40-minute drive away, many of the team took the opportunity for a lady's weekend, staying at resorts in Mooloolaba. While foggy-headed in morning games, at least they managed to score a few well-crafted goals, unlike their aged male counterparts in the Over 45s.

Still basking in the glory of a tournament title three years ago, Lions, Eagles and Wombats combined in the Noosa Shire Over 45s side.

With players and parents from all three football clubs in the shire, the team had its best performance at a practice match two weeks out from the event, when they beat the now legendary O35s. With only three players under 50 and the oldest, Bobby Chalmers, clocking in at 85, the team lacked a fleet of foot forward. Not bad for a fellow who was only recently out of ICU, "Old Bobby' had an extended period on the pitch in the last game, dazzling the opposition with some of his trademark tricks. While your trusty correspondent managed the team, I certainly did not control it.

The team's average age took its toll with eight players sidelined by the third game on Saturday night.

Conceding only four goals over the tournament was reward enough for a team which included a few blokes who hadn't strapped on the boots for a decade or so. Over 50s here we come.


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