Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Playing on Just for Kicks

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Playing on Just for Kicks

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Byline: Stuart Turner Sports editor

CANNY Louisa Ross knew not to make too many Saturday afternoon family plans once April rolled around.

Her husband, Jason, may have racked up his 200th game for Ballina Bombers last season, but he isn't ready to hang up his boots just yet.

The 42-year-old, who is celebrating his 30th year with the club, said he was keen for another season on the park.

"I think Louisa knew what was coming," the father-of-three said with a grin. "She knew I wouldn't be able to stop pulling my boots on.

"You're a long time retired. I wanted to play as long as I could.

"Will I regret it? You had probably better ask me after the second game.

"At this stage I can't wait."

The back pocket ace said "mateship" - and the thrill of winning - kept him involved with the sport.

"Sometimes I feel like I'm 20, especially if we get the win," he said.

"I'm probably one of the first to celebrate.

"It's just about the mateship for me. …

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