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Proudly supporting Eastwood Rugby Club for 24 years
"Go the Woodies"
This is our time to shine; this is our turn in the spotlight. 

Over a lifetime, at least 35 years, of refining our rugby skills it’s time to get off the lounge, lace on your boots and get back on the paddock and show those kids that we not only ‘talk the talk’ but we can also ‘walk the walk’.

As Golden Oldies, with skills honed to perfection, we no longer need to train, but we have found that a social game of Golden Oldies rugby every few weeks keeps the cobwebs at bay and maintains our peak level of fitness, even if most of us can’t see our boots when we look down!

At no other time will the associations with like-minded rugby dads be more obvious than playing games of rugby in an Atmosphere whose motto is: FUN, FRIENDSHIP and FRATERNITY.
Our wives, girlfriends and the backs also enjoy camaraderie as they practice ignoring or at best, failing to see every brilliant move, side-step and try that their husband scores.

We play Golden Oldies rugby, we play modified rugby laws; our player’s minimum age is 35 and WE DO NOT TRAIN and WE CAN BE REPLACED AS OFTEN AND AS MAY TIMES IN A GAME AS WE WANT.  

Come and join us at the Charcoals and play Champagne rugby with us. And don’t forget to include your Charcoalette and children.


About the Eastwood Charcoals rugby club

Established in 1983, The Eastwood Charcoals (Burnt out Woods!) Club is one of the oldest established Golden Oldies rugby clubs for the over 35's in Sydney's. 

The Eastwood Charcoals Club play home games at TG Millner field, Vimera Road, Eastwood; the home of The Eastwood Rugby Club http://www.eastwoodrugby.com.au . We play under Golden Oldies laws, where there is not pushing in the scrums, you cannot kick the ball, unless in your own 22. Colours shorts indicate players ages

We do not train! However, we rely on our experiance, age and treachery to overcome youth and talent!

We play 10-12 games a year, including trips to Port Macquarie and Bathurst for mini festivals. 

We hold our annual Gala Day in June every year where over 20 Golden Oldies teams from around Sydney and beyond, converge for a day of Fun, Friendship and Fraternity, not to mention copious amounts of beer! 

We have been attending international festivals, which are generally held every two years since 1983 and have toured Sydney, London, Auckland, Toronto, Perth,Dublin, Cape Town, Adelaide, Toulose, Brisbane, San Diego, Edinburgh, Sydney, Hawaii, Japan,  Argentina. In 2016 we are booked for the Golden Oldies festival in Cardiff, Wales. 

If you are aged over 35 and still have the passion, give us a call, or download the playing schedule and just turn up. If you want to find out more, please give our club Captain Grant " Morgs" Morgan a call on 0434 306 669. 

Or come down for a look and a laugh and have a couple of beers with us, before deciding to play.  Make some new friends with rugby as a passion in common; or just dust off your boots and have a run!

The Golden Oldies motto of Fun Friendship and Fraternity is our driving mantra!  

Go the Woods! (Woods, Woods, Woods!) 

Eastwood Charcoals support the Australian Golden Oldies Rugby/Australian Rugby Golden Oldies



                                                             The Original Charcoals

The Golden Oldies movement started in New Zealand and the first Festival was held in Auckland in 1979, an Event was organized in Long Beach California for the 1st Overseas Festival, teams stayed in the Queen Mary which is permanently birthed at Long Beach in California USA.
Plans were formulated for the 3rd. International Festival in Sydney in 1983, the challenge was out and EDRUFC responded with a team made up of retired players, officials, coaches and other Rugby flotsam from the main bar at TG Milner Club.

Eastwood had a bit of an advantage as we already had a group of Rugby Nuts running around in the loosely termed Coarse Rugby Social League, teams from most Major Rugby Clubs, Subbies and the occasional Ethnic team such as the Armenians, Alis Oasis and various groups, who wishing to have a not to serious run on Sundays with most skills shown, in the after game drinking and bonding sessions (aka Boat Races)
Channel Nine Musical Director Geoff Harvey had formed the much lauded

“Eastwood Frothonians” in the early 70s for just that reason, the Froths played many games over a 10 year period, playing teams such as the “Old Golds” a team formed by Rugby Immortal Ken Catchpole and having in their team John Thornett Peter Crittle John Brass and other Randwick greats, Parramatta, Norths, St George and Wests had teams that enjoyed the full laws of the game but were played purely as a social game with Port and Beer at every break in Play. Games were played on Sunday mornings.

And so the 1983 Festival was awarded to Sydney and almost every Grade Club in Sydney entered a team, The Taylor Brothers decided Eastwood needed a team and proceeded to contact players from the Froths, Eastwood Stalwarts and players from Stubbies to Grade to express their interest, only stipulation was, you had to be over over the age of 35 and a Woodie!!!

The Sydney Festival was a great event, surprised Air New Zealand Excutives, who had sponsored the event, were amazed at the number of teams represented from all over Australia.  Games were played at various fields around the Eastern Suburbs, Eastwood’s Charcoals played Port Mc Quarie in the first game at Navy Park, it is interesting to note the The Charcoals still travel each year to play the Port Mc Quarie  Pirates for a hotly disputed Gold Cup Trophy.

The Charcoals have travelled to London 1985, Auckland 1987, Toronto 1989, Perth 1991, Dublin 1993, Capetown 1995, New Zealand 1997, Adelaide 1999, Toronto 2001, Brisbane 2003, San Diego 2005, Edingburgh 2008, Sydney 2010, Argentina 2014 and have plans in place to attend the 25th anniversary Festival in Cardiff in 2016.

During the 32 years from its foundation the Charcoals have played almost 350 games against teams from all over Sydney and NSW.
The Charcoals host a GALA DAY of Rugby, held each year in June since 1987, it is regarded as the best event in Australia attracting between 21 and 29 teams from Sydney and outer towns. Eastwoods TG Milner has 3 fields and these are all in action over a 7 hour period. The Awards at the end of the day are keenly contested.

The Club has over 10 players with 100 games to their credit and 2 players over 200 with those two Originals, Bryant “Cecil” Feltham and Ian “Gunna Hay” still turning up for an occasional appearance, it is rumoured its just for the Port. A Trophy Cabinet in the Licensed Club holds many Trophies and Memorbilia from the foundation years of this a wonderful advertisement tor the Game Played in Heaven “Rugby”.
Woods, Woods, Woods !
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