LIMPING into work at Cambewarra Public School, battered and bruised on a Monday morning will now be a thing of the past for Trent Burns.
After more than 25 years in the game, the Berry Magpies stalwart decided to call time on his footy career last weekend.
The 35-year-old played his last match at Berry Showground on Saturday, where the Magpies ended their season with a 42-22 win against the Batemans Bay Tigers.
While it wasn’t the greatest season for the Magpies, Burns was happy to be able to go out a winner in his final game.
“It was sort of a dead rubber game, but they’re the hardest to play,” he said.
“You’ve got to turn on mentally and it took us a little while to get going, but we got there eventually,” he added.
In honour of his retirement, Burns was given not one, but two conversion attempts, thanks to a couple of late Magpies tries.
Although he missed them both, they were not too bad for someone who’s had few and far between shots at goal.
“Anyone who saw the kicking style could probably tell I haven’t had many,” he laughed.
“For the first one, I thought I’d go old school with the toe-poke and she was nowhere near it.
“The second was a bit better, but the boys didn’t help me by scoring them both right out on the sideline.”
When asked about his goal kicking history, he did recall one time where he nailed a conversion from the sideline to win his team the game … in his days at Bomaderry High.
“I was playing in a gala day against Edmund Rice College and I remember putting my hand up to have a kick and it actually hit the black dot and bounced over,” he said.
“That’s the only goal I can ever remember kicking,” he added.
Burns said he will miss the camaraderie of being part of a team, but won’t miss waking up sore the day after the game, or limping into work on a Monday morning.
To read more about Trent’s rugby league career, see the Group 7 section in this Friday’s South Coast Register.