Before a ball was kicked in this season’s Six Nations, the Moray Maulers turned back the clock last Saturday and made their mark as a newly formed Golden Oldies rugby side.
The new, over-35 team took on their well-established Inverness counterparts, the Highland Bald Eagles, in their debut at Morriston on Saturday.
The aim of golden oldies is very simple: to have fun, friendship and fraternity through the game of rugby union which is growing in popularity throughout the country.
The game is played for the over-35 age bracket and there are players in their seventies still active in the ever-growing number of teams being formed around the world.
The game has several modifications to the normal XV a-side game, such as uncontested scrums, no quick lineout or lifting in the lineouts, no kicking unless in your own 22, no quick taps for free kicks or penalties, unlimited substitutes, no contact on players over the age of 65, and all played in three 20-minute periods.
As expected, the pace of the game is slower but the banter and passion of the players is absolutely still there.
Maulers kicked off their history in fine style, defeating Highland 68-21 at Morriston - see Northern Scot print version for full report.
Before playing in the fifth Scottish Golden Oldies rugby festival in Inverness on June 1, the new Moray Maulers plan to play one match a month to build up some momentum.
Next up, they take on another Inverness team, Craig Dunain, on Saturday, March 16, kick-off 3pm. If anybody over the age of 35 fancies a run-out with the team one game a month, please get in touch with the management team of George.Whitecross@moray.gov.uk, 07527 387549 or Johnny Morren 07779 609605.