Old is gold for Brothers Kangaroos
WAYNE Clifford is living proof of the age-old saying, if you’re old enough, you’re good enough.
The 46-year-old Clifford made a stunning return to the 2011 Trend Interiors AFL Capricornia premiership season a fortnight ago and has been kicking goals for the Brothers Kangaroos ever since.
Clifford is a veteran of 22 seasons with Brothers in the regional competition and age certainly hasn’t hampered his performances on the park.
The two-time AFL Capricornia premiership winner kicked a pair of goals in his side’s 12.15 (87) to 11.6 (72) loss to Gladstone on the weekend, but it was his running ability that caused havoc for the Mudcrabs’ defence.
After playing a part in last year’s grand final win, Clifford started out the season in the reserve grade competition, but was rewarded by Brothers coach Don Pollock with a place in the club’s A grade side.
“I pride myself on playing at the highest possible level,” Clifford said.
“I’ve been with the club for 22 seasons, but I’ve always said to (Brothers coach) Don (Pollock), ‘I don’t want to be in the side if I’m not serving the team’.
“I don’t want to be selected because I’ve been with the club for so long, but more on the merits of my performances.”
A former Australian triathlete, Clifford, who has scaled his triathlon training back dramatically, said the cross training he still does has certainly helped him perform on a weekly basis.
“I’m still relatively fit for a 46-year-old,” he said.
“I wasn’t quick at 26 and I’m not quick at 46, but if I can use my experience and running ability I’ll be able to contribute.”
Clifford and his Brothers teammates return to Kele Park tomorrow against the Yeppoon Swans and hope to record their first win of the season on home soil in 2011.
In the round’s other matches, Glenmore is chasing back-to-back wins when they host Gladstone Mudcrabs at Stenlake Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulls will have their work cut out against Gladstone, while the Panthers face the unenviable task of hosting the unbeaten BITS.