Tom Chapman - 6 October 2013
At 36 years of age, Lara’s Luke Eaton admits the pace of senior rugby is slipping him by. But he reckons he has got a few more years left now he has joined in with the masters - the 14th Australian Masters Games being his first.
Eaton has played rugby for the Geelong Rams for just on 17 years, but decided this year would be his last, as the body begins to age and family takes priority. But a conversation between a few teammates brought around the idea of entering this year’s Games.
“Playing senior rugby was beginning to get a bit much,” said Eaton.
“You’re playing against blokes who are 17 or 18 years younger, and the pace is getting the better of me.
“But a few of us boys thought about masters competition and being locals we thought Geelong would be the perfect opportunity.”
The Rams got together not long before the Games, and only managed two proper training sessions as a team before this weekend, but Eaton was still pleased with their fourth placing in the 35 and over category.
“Everyone still wants to win, but as long as we’re all out their running around we’re happy. If it weren’t for this I’d just be sitting at home on my backside or mowing the lawns, so I’d way rather be here.
“Even though this is my first Games, I can’t speak highly enough of the event. It’s all run so well and the opening ceremony last night was a lot of fun - just a really relaxed atmosphere and being able to meet new people from other sports was great.
“After just one event we’re already talking with other teams about entering more masters competitions - it really is a new lease on rugby life.”
Eaton is proof that even when you think your sporting career may be coming to an end, there is always a bit left in the tank for something else.
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