Greenbank Over 50s Walking Soccer enjoyed a new football experience in April, participating in a Queensland Football competition held at QUT, with teams from around Australia.
Greenbank fielded seven eager players in what would be a difficult but enjoyable experience for the Over 50s team.
‘The day was a very big learning curve for our group but we totally enjoyed the experience,’ says team manager and captain Bruce Webster.
‘It was an experience. We didn’t go there thinking we’d win many matches, but we made a lot of teams work hard.’
The teams from around Australia also celebrated their multicultural backgrounds, holding up an array of flags with pride for a competition photo.
The day, organised and run by Queensland Football, included a special guest appearance from Socceroos legend and former captain Paul Wade.
‘He’s quite a character,’ says Mr. Webster.
‘That jersey he’s holding up in our photo he reckons is one of the worst designed jerseys they ever made.’
Paul Wade shared an anecdote about it on the day.
When Paul swapped his jersey with an opposition player after a match, he watched the player walk off the field and throw the jersey into the crowd.
Moments later the shirt was back in Paul’s hands as the crowd had flung it back onto the pitch!
Mr. Webster wished to thank Queensland Football for organising the day and gave special mention to one of Greenbank’s star players, Julie, who refereed some of the top-grade games while playing for Greenbank in-between.
Greenbank are a social Over-50s Walking Soccer Club and the first to bring the phenomena to Queensland.
The game already has a following in Europe and other states in Australia.
‘It’s a friendly game,’ says Bruce. ‘We’re not playing for sheep stations.’
‘Your surprised at the exercise you get, how well your balance becomes, and your coordination.’
You get people saying, “fancy playing walking football, it can’t be hard,” and they come and might last ten to fifteen minutes.’
Greenbank Over 50s Soccer trains out of Middle Green Sports Club in Greenbank on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.
For more information, or if you’re interested in playing, visit their Facebook page