Triumph in NZ for Oz Tag players
Four Byron Bay Oz Tag players have returned triumphant from New Zealand after winning the over 50s division in the Trans-Tasman Cup.
Neil Cameron, Ray Wakefield, Ron Stone and Serge Brecard were part of a 16-member Australian team that played five test matches over three days in Auckland on March 19, 20 and 21.
The team went through the tournament undefeated.
“Some of the games were very close with the Kiwis ahead in the first half,” Neil Cameron said.
“But we managed to get ahead and win all our games.
“Everyone played really well and it was very exciting.”
Unfortunately for one Byron Bay player, his time on the field was very short-lived.
“Ron tore his hamstring in the first five minutes of the first game, so he had to watch from the sidelines,” Neil said.
“He was devastated.
“It was really ironic because Ron was the only one of us who went to New Zealand without some sort of an injury, yet he was the one who ended up injured and the rest of us were fine.”
It was the first time that Australia had fielded an over 50s team.
Neil said he hoped the team would requalify again for next year’s Trans-Tasman tournament.
“It’s a great honour and a real dream to be able to represent your country, and the New Zealanders were extremely hospitable,” he said.