Lorraine Peel has officially retired. Well, sort of. “I’ve hung up my boots – for now. I say it at this time every year so who knows,” she said.
If it is the end, what a finish it was for the 65-year-old.
65? Yes, the Cartwright resident is 65 and still playing football for the Liverpool Rangers.
She doesn’t make up the numbers either.
Peel scored the winning penalty for the Rangers in their 3-2 win against Moorebank Sports in the All Age Ladies division three grand final.
It was no fluke. She did the same thing against the same opposition to get the team into the decider.
What makes it even more remarkable is that Peel is a goalkeeper and netted the winner on both occasions.
“I did play striker when I first started 27 years ago – I was quite fast back then,” Peel said.
“Then one day our sweeper got injured and the coach asked if I could play there so did that for 10 years and it has only been in the last couple of years I have played goalkeeper.
I just love playing the game. I love running around and playing in a team.
“I have scored most of my goals with my head throughout my career so to score a penalty in the final I was very excited.
“I just love playing the game. I love running around and playing in a team.”
She has been quite successful as well.
In her 27 years she has only missed the semi finals three times and has eight premiership jackets in her closet.
Even in retirement, the accolades are poised to continue.
Currently, the Guinness World Record for the oldest active female football player is 60.
At 65, Peel smashes that record.
“I went to the doctor before Christmas because I hurt myself playing and he asked had I checked the Guinness World Records book for the oldest player,” Peel said.
“So my daughter checked and the oldest female was 60 so I registered and I have been uploading proof onto the website. I’m just waiting on a few more documents and hopefully it is accepted.”
What doesn’t need checking is her contribution to the game; not only as a player but as a coach.
She has coached her three daughters, 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren during her time in the sport which began when she watched a female game from over the fence and thought “I could do that”.
Before she was a football star she represented the state in netball and ten pin bowling. In recent times she has played softball at the World Masters Games.
So what’s the secret to her longevity? “I try to keep fit and healthy and I go to the gym every day,” she said.
“I also have good genes as well – my dad was a good snooker player and my mum is 85.”
The numbers add up for a pretty sweet retirement for the finance officer – for now.
“My daughter wants me to play with her and her daughter in five years time so there is three generations on the same field. So who knows. I might stop now so I don’t get injured and come back,” she said.
“If I have played my last game, I have enjoyed every minute.”
SDSFA 2017 champions
Grade 12: Kemps Creek
Grade 13: Bossley Sports
Grade 14: Kemps Creek
Grade 15: Fairfield Pats
Grade 16: Moorebank
Grade 17: AC United
Grade 18: White City
Grade 21: Mt Pritchard
Alliance: Sporting Rovers
Premier League Reserve Grade: FC Eagles
Premier League First Grade: Sydney Juniors
Ladies 12 div 2: Austral Soccer
Ladies 12 div 1: AC United
Ladies 14 div 2: Hinchinbrook
Ladies 14 div 1: Chipping Norton
O35 div 1: White City
Ladies 16 div 1: AC United
Ladies 18/21: AC United
LAA div 3: Liverpool Rangers
LAA div 1: Sporting Rovers
Ladies 16 div 4: Sydney Juniors
Ladies 16 div 3: Bossley Sports
Ladies 16 div 2: Moorebank Sports
LAA div 2: Mt Pritchard Juniors
U12 div 2: Bonnyrigg FC
U12 div 3: Canley Heights
U12 div 4: Sydney Juniors
U12 div 5: Liverpool Olympic
U12 div 6: Liverpool City Robins
U13 div 2: Moorebank Sports
U13 div 3: Moorebank Sports
U13 div 4: Moorebank Sports
U14 div 2: Liverpool Warriors
U14 div 3: Fairfield Hotspurs
U14 div 4: Hinchinbrook
U14 div 5: Liverpool Rangers
U15 div 2: AC United
U15 div 3: Moorebank Sports
U15 div 4: Liverpool Rangers
U16 div 2: AC United
U16 div 3: Moorebank Sports
O35 div 2: Kemps Creek
O35 div 3: Bonnyrigg FC
O35 div 4: Liverpool Warriors
U17 div 2: Mt Pritchard
U18 div 2: Liverpool Rangers
AAM div 2: Kemps Creek
AAM div 3: Chipping Norton
AAM div 4: Moorebank Sports
AAM div 5: Austral Soccer
AAM div 6: Fairfield Hotspurs
AAM div 7: Moorebank Sports
AAM div 8: Sporting Rovers
AAM div 9: Lansvale United
AAM div 10: Freeman Sports