Vikings welcome fellow masters

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Albany Viking players Nathan Gligorevic, Greg Galos, coach Richard Laurent, Rhys Ravenhill, Simon Deegan, club president Sean Maguire, and Brett Hall.
Camera IconAlbany Viking players Nathan Gligorevic, Greg Galos, coach Richard Laurent, Rhys Ravenhill, Simon Deegan, club president Sean Maguire, and Brett Hall. Credit: Laurie Benson

Albany Vikings will host the AFL Masters Country Carnival, comprising 11 teams from around the State, at Centennial Stadium on Sunday.

With the emphasis on participation and having fun, players aged 35 and older are eligible to have a kick in masters footy.

Albany Vikings will be joined by Busselton Magpies, Leschenault Crabs, Dalyellup Dinosaurs, Vic Park Pigs, Eaton Boomers, Rockingham Rams, Bunbury Sharks, Carey Park, Collie Fossils and Waroona Demons.

With more than 250 players taking part, games will be played on the three full-sized ovals at Centennial Park throughout the day.

Games begin at 10am and the final set of fixtures will start at 3pm, with Albany facing the Dalyellup Dinosaurs at 11.40am before playing the Vic Park Pigs at 2.10pm.

Both matches will be played on the premier Centennial Stadium ground.

Albany Vikings president Sean Maguire said the country carnival was always an enjoyable weekend.

“We are really looking forward to showcasing the Centennial Park precinct,” Maguire said.

“It is one of the best regional facilities in Australia.

“We can play three games in one location, all on full-sized ovals.

“We have the State masters president coming down and have had great support from a number of organisations that will assist us on the day.

“Masters footy — there is no score, everyone knows who wins but it’s about having a kick with your mates and having a beer afterwards.

“Some teams have blokes in their 60s and older running around.

“No one goes out to hurt anyone.

“If someone falls down you pick them up and if a team is short you go and play for them, we all love it.”

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