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62yo Keith Rogers still sticking it to the young fellas in A-grade footy

AFL player poses for the camera before other men cheering him on. Nighttime on an oval.

Keith Rogers is 62 years of age and still travels 700 kilometres to win AFL matches as an A-grade senior player.

Key points:

  • Rogers, 62, says footy keeps him fit and he acts as a role model for the next generation
  • He was recently at university in Sydney but returned before border restrictions kept him from his team responsibilities
  • He says modern footballers train harder, are faster, and move the ball much quicker

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.”

AFL player poses for the camera before other men cheering him on. Nighttime on an oval.
The Ngukurr Bulldogs player from the AFLNT Big Rivers League is popular with fans.(Supplied)

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.”

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Source: AFL NEWS ABC