Jul 20, 2011 - Sunday June 17th saw a most enthusiastic group of 26 players gather at TERP for the first annual over 50s festival of rugby. The Senators turned out 18 players and the balance was contributed by the Kawartha Krocks from Peterborough & area. In addition, there were approximately 40 rabid rugby supporters in the stands cheering on there heroes from days gone by.
Reg Boyles and Bill Hourston split the refereeing duties for the match of Titans. Prior to kick-off, Bill Erickson was recognized as the most senior active playing member of the Senators and Reg Boyles as the most senior active EORRS referee. Both took a bow to thunderous applause from the grandstand and the on-field over 50s players.
The action was furious and the ball moved swiftly down the three-quarter line to old wings hungry for a taste of the long ago & forgotten goal line. The momentum swung from one side to the other throughout the three period match. The Senators seized the most opportunities in the first period with some brilliant sleight-of-hand moves from Dave Connell, John Jacobs and Dave Mullington which resulted in a brace of tries. Rolly Renner has obviously not lost a step as he picked up many a ball in the loose and then thundered forward like a runaway freight train. Jim Nordin was steady under the high ball, provided his usual sound decision-making in the backs and made some scorching runs into the line without seeming to move his feet. The Krocks fought back in the second period with some solid forward rucking & mauling lead by intrepid hooker "Sam the Man", deft running & delivery from scrum-half, "Murph the Surf", swift pace & tackling from both of the "Big Bills", Hourston & Swinden, absolute dogged pursuit by "Ollie" and some good open-field running and rapid pace shown by both fly-half Lindsay and his most brilliant winger/center, Gerry Lanigan. Every player contributed to the best of his ability and the fans were most appreciative of the effort shown as the match was played in blistering 30 degree heat.
The third period saw a slowing of the action as the heat took its toll. A breakaway try of 50 meters from Peter Maitland of the Senators was the highlight of the period as his legs just seemed to glide the last 30 metres to the line. A brilliant finishing touch to a perfect day of rugby at TERP. There were no winners, only survivors on this day.
Special thanks go to our brilliant, hard working volunteers, Bindy Maitland, Ed Norenna, Maura Butko, Peter & Rosemary Sloan, Janet Bax, Jackie Murphy, Dave the barman and of course to Peter Maitland for initiating & organizing the over 50s Players Day. Let's hope we can do it all over again next year