Drovers stalwart going strong

DEVOTED TO THE DROVERS:  Dawson Valley Drovers reserve grade coach/palyer Errol Mellor was the 2009 club person of the year.
DEVOTED TO THE DROVERS: Dawson Valley Drovers reserve grade coach/palyer Errol Mellor was the 2009 club person of the year.

HIS shoulders may give him some curry and the rest of the body hurts after a game of rugby, but Errol Mellor wouldn’t have it any other way.

“No pain, no gain – I just love the game,” the Dawson Valley Drovers club person of the year said.

The 43-year-old, in his seventh season with the club, took up the coach’s clipboard when the reserve grade coach went overseas mid-season.

“There was a vacancy to be filled so I did it,” Mellor said.

He led the team to its first two wins of a tough season.

Playing anywhere in the forwards, depending on where the team was short, Mellor is a mentor to the club’s younger players learning the game.

“Playing with so many young fellas keeps me young at heart,” the Gogango grazier said.

He made special mention of several of the Drovers’ young brigade starting with Moura’s Nick Ein.

“He’s like a sponge – he takes it all in and then does it on the field,” Mellor said.

The Drovers stalwart named Alex Raggaguse and Tom Nobbs as stars of the future.

Mellor wants even more young players at the club.

“If we get some more young fellas playing, I can sit on the sidelines.”

Mellor started playing rugby after he finished school with the Biloela Rugby Union under-19 team.

He came to the Drovers after living away from the area.

“A friend talked me in to having a run and I’ve been having a run ever since,” he said.

“It’s a great club – I hope to play long enough to become a life member.

“I am going to have to give it up soon – I’m getting a bit long in the tooth.”

But Mellor doesn’t want to give it up just yet.

“My shoulders should get me through one more premiership.”

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