Sydney AFL Masters call-out for players

Fun: Sydney AFL Masters players Laurie Lyttleton, Steve Eurell, Steve McQueen, Sam Grasso, Theo Haughan, Bill Biok and Steve Coleman at Rosedale Oval. Picture Chris Lane
Fun: Sydney AFL Masters players Laurie Lyttleton, Steve Eurell, Steve McQueen, Sam Grasso, Theo Haughan, Bill Biok and Steve Coleman at Rosedale Oval. Picture Chris Lane

AFL means many things to many people. For 64-year-old Sam Grasso, AFL is one thing: fun.

Mr Grasso is president of the Sydney AFL Masters (also known as the Sydney Rocks) who play out of Rosedale Oval at Warwick Farm.

They have one rule: footy is fun. The over-35s competition (and sometimes even a couple of youngsters in the early 30s play) has been going for more than 30 years with winning and losing taking a back seat to enjoyment and laughter. The oldest player registered is 76.

Forget taking a take a speccy catch - which is indeed against the rules - the main aim is get out and kick the footy around.

"You're never too old to play," Grasso said.

"Some people think they have been finshed playing for 10 years and there is nothing for them. This is what we're all about - to get the boys together and have a kick and have a laugh. Nothing too serious, just fun."

Originally from Melbourne, Grasso came to Sydney with the armed forces and has been playing the game ever since.

In the early eighties he was captain/coach of the Southern Districts/Liverpool first grade team. These days he plays, coaches and umpires.

"It's great to enjoy the feeling of running around on the ground and having a kick and a hand-pass," he said.

  • Sydney AFL Masters are holding a registration day on Sunday, April 14 at Rosedale Oval at 10am.