Centuries of combined Aussie rules experience will storm the Pambula Beach ground this long weekend.
The annual Buccaneers Easter tournament is on again with six Masters Aussie rules teams from across NSW and Victoria descending on the Pambula Sporting Complex for play and socialising.
Masters is an over 35s format with modified rules and local games are played in a no-win format.
Organiser Michael Revington said he was excited to see the tournament heading towards a 15-year milestone with plenty of activities planned for the weekend.
“It’s basically footy for fun, we have a no-win policy it’s all about enjoying the play and raising a bit of money to help an orphanage in Bali and struggling local families,” Mr Revington said.
About $30,000 has been raised in the tournament’s history with $20,000 towards the orphanage and another $10,000 distributed locally.
“We don’t take any money,” Mr Revington said. “It’s all about giving back to the community and helping where we can.”
Beyond the footy field organisers host a number of events, including a seafood lunch and barefoot bowls afternoon at Club Sapphire on Friday.
“The bowls day is huge, we find all the ladies and kids get involved and it’s a great family outing,” Mr Revington said.
He said there was great support from both Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, where many of the players brought their families and made an Easter holiday of the tournament.
However, Mr Revington said he would love to see more local players and ex-players pulling on a jersey and getting involved.
“We would love to welcome some more local players, come on down Saturday at 9.30 and we’ll get you a run,” he said.
Mr Revington said organisers had made a push to include women’s play in the tournament, but had limited response.
Organisers are hoping to feature at least one ladies game with the inclusion of some local players, but said women’s events were part of the Buccaneers carnival.
“Friday night is ladies night at Club Sapphire from about 6.30pm and then Saturday night the group will head to Pambula’s Top Pub for entertainment and a few drinks,” he said.
Meanwhile, games run from 10am Saturday and wrap up Sunday afternoon with all teams playing five rounds each.
Anyone interested in playing can contact Michael Revington on 0401 368 866.
Spectators are welcome to watch the games.