Yogi even puts his boots on for club

MARK McMullin pulled on the boots for his first and only rugby game at the ripe old age of 41.

McMullin, or “Yogi” as he is known, pulled on the Biloela Rugby Union jersey when the team was short in a game three years ago.

“I was a flying winger at 41,” Yogi joked.

“I almost scored with my first touch,” he said proudly.

But it is not this sole appearance that Yogi is famous for at the club.

The 44-year-old Biloela State High School manual arts teacher wears quite a few hats to help keep the club going.

Club president Roger Byrne said Yogi was the club's groundsman, bus driver, strapper, team manager, assistant coach for seniors, juniors coach, fundraiser, and “a good friend to us all”.

“The list goes on - if it needs doing Yogi is there ready to put his hand up,” Byrne said.

When McMullin arrived in Biloela nine years ago, his passion was cricket.

He grew up with the battle between willow and the leather ball playing under-16s with Craig McDermott and Allan Langer.

Yogi took on some executive positions with cricket in Biloela but grew too old for the game.

But not for one final hit-out in rugby, it seems.

Coach Dean Brewer, a fellow teacher, encouraged McMullin to join in at training as he was seeking fitness.

Yogi helped Brewer at training and his rugby involvement grew from there over the past five years.

As a former school groundsman he was happy to sit on the ride-on.

There has been little of that due to water restrictions and little rain, but he was proud of the field when it rained at Easter.

“It was lush - like Lang Park,” McMullin said.

He saw a need for a junior coach to help coach the 50 or more kids.

Yogi's role as a strapper started as a water boy and he has now completed a basic trainer's course.

“If there is a need I try to fill it,” McMullin said modestly.

He has no problem being the sober bus driver on away trips.

“I'm just the old head to look after the young kids,” the man who had won the club person of the year for the past two years, said.

Most of all, Yogi just loves his sport.

“It's good to still be involved and have something to do on Saturdays.”

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