On 6 May 2005, representatives from the Gordon Stags flew out of Sydney for the 15th World Golden Oldies Rugby Festival. Our club has attended all 15 international festivals and this year, whilst the numbers were down, were able to field a full team with five players from the Goulburn Fermented Reds and two big New Zealanders whom somehow we collected in Auckland on route to Los Angeles!!
In all we had a touring party of 30 consisting of players, wives and supporters and enjoyed a memorable 10-day tour taking in the US West Coast, then down to Las Vegas and on to San Diego via Los Angles and Santa Monica.
The week’s rugby, three games in five days, was bruising against teams from South Africa, USA and the Cook Islands but the Gordon Jersey was done proud. As with all Golden Oldies rugby, regardless of which team scores the most points, the result is always a draw, symbolising the motto ‘Fun, Friendship and Fraternity’. Player’s awards were presented to John Finch, Bill Banham and one of our New Zealand Players.
The Grand Finale was a festival dinner on board the US Navy’s aircraft carrier, USS Midway, moored in San Diego Harbour. All had a great time and we are looking forward to the next festival in Wellington, NZ in October 2006.