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Keith Rogers is 62 years of age and still travels 700 kilometres to win Aussie Rules matches as an A-grade senior player.
Rogers has been playing footy since the mid-1970s and is one of the star players for the Ngukurr Bulldogs in the Northern Territory’s Big Rivers League.
He has lost count of his statistics, but on the weekend he added another big win to his tally with the Dogs scoring a 18-14 (122) to 10-8 (68) win over the Katherine South Crocs.
The veteran said he was astounded at the attention he was receiving for playing against men a third of his age.
“I never thought it could end up like this,” Rogers said.
“Some people don’t believe me.”
Rogers said he kept lacing his boots to keep fit and act as a role model for the next generation of players.
“To show the young fellas not to give up too early,” he said.
“[Playing footy] is very important to show your talent and put you in the spotlight.”
He said his team also carried his passion for footy.
“If there’s a position that needs to be filled, I can go there. They can put me anywhere,” Rogers said.
Rogers has played footy in Sydney, Adelaide, and Darwin, but is also a serial learner — having studied car mechanics and achieving a certificate 3 in radio and media in Adelaide.
“I love studying, reading writing, getting knowledge from other people,” he said.
He was recently studying at Sydney’s Macquarie University but left before the coronavirus emergency, giving himself plenty of time to pump weights for the local footy season.
“It’s important to build up these young fellas,” he said.
“We tell them to push it all the time because if you’re lying to yourself here on the oval you’re going to take that to game day. You’ll be doing the same thing you’re doing at training.”
Rogers said much had changed during his long playing career.
“You train harder, faster, you move the ball much quicker than usual,” he said.
“You’re not allowed to hang back anymore. When it bounces, it gets kicked in goal.
“You’ve got to have legs, but you’ve got to have your mind ready too.