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Shinglebacks in fine form

Tuesday, 12th July, 2016

Darren Zanette puts in the hard yards in his pursuit of the ball on Saturday night. Darren Zanette puts in the hard yards in his pursuit of the ball on Saturday night.

By Tyler Hannigan

The old boys of Broken Hill football took to the field after Saturday’s double header at the Jube and recorded a 32-point win over the visiting South Australian team.

The Shinglebacks, a team made up of Broken Hill football’s elder statesmen looking to a have a kick and slow jog around every now and then were too good for the visiting SA team in a relaxed game on Saturday night.

The team included Central’s games record holder Brett Morris, still at his playing weight and using only slightly less baby oil than back in his heyday, West legend Tim Ferguson and former South star turned umpire Michael Vlatko among many others.

Ferguson wowed the few spectators that stuck around in the chilly conditions, turning back the clock with a lovely pick-up-and-spin move out of a contest on half back. 

Special mentions must go to North players Brett Johnson and Chris Billings who backed up after playing in the League game just prior to this match. It was actually Billings’ third game in 24 hours after playing reserves on Friday night.

Also lacing up the boots were West’s coach Peter Larkins and umpire Heath Coombs. Coombs’ efforts had most teammates wishing that he had umpired the game rather than played in it.

Central trainer Gary Sandy pulled on the boots once more, at the ripe old age of 54.

“I thought the game was played in great spirits,” said Shinglebacks player and Coach Brett Morris.

“This game has been played for the last 9 years and we lead it 7 to 2 but it’s always relaxed and fun.”

Morris also wanted to thank the umpires, Josh and Jake, the young kids for running water and Mel for being the team manager.

The match, while competitive, was relaxed in nature without goal or boundary umpires, with more focus on the social activities after the game.

“We’d really like to thank the SA boys for making the trip,” said Shinglebacks President Mick Vlatko.

“These games are always fun, especially when we get back to the pub and run through all of our performances, good or bad.

“Massive thanks also to the modern miracles of painkillers and deep heat that allowed this game to go ahead.”

Broken Hill Shinglebacks: 12.10 (82) def SA: 7.8 (50)

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