Costin staring footy history in the face
AN exhaustive search of Country Rugby League records turns up no certain proof but if Coffs Harbour win Sunday's Group 2 grand final, coach Brandon Costin may set a record.
If there is a captain-coach older than 46 years with his name on a premiership trophy, that information is lost in the mists of time.
He won't be the oldest player to participate in a grand final but whatever the outcome he has something pretty special and unique to boast about in their dotage.
Bush football has turned up some exceptional veterans over the years.
Former Southern Division winger Roy Stewart is believed to be the oldest CRL representative player, turning out against the Great Britain tourists at the age of 52 in 1978, the same day teenage winger Larry Corowa made his debut in elite company.
And players don't come more senior than the amazing William 'Bubba' Kennedy who this year played with Valentine-Eleebana in Newcastle, aged 49.
Costin came off the bench against Grafton last week and scored a runaway try to help the Comets take the first step into the season decider.
His last try in first grade for Coffs was 28 years ago with an NRL and English Super League career in between.
"I am 46 years old and in my head I thought 20 blokes were about to run past me,” he said.
"It must be a downhill slope into that corner because the fat guts just got me rolling to the try line.”