TREVOR Parry is known as “Gutsy” to his friends and he lived up to his nickname over the weekend.

Parry produced a gutsy effort by playing soccer for the first time in more than 21 years during the 21st annual Maryborough Masters Games.

The 38-year-old played all six games Inter FC played at Granville’s Federation Park.

The team won twice and didn’t feature in the final but that didn’t bother Parry.

He had an absolute ball on his Masters debut and he’ll never forget it or the only goal he scored – you can be sure that will be the case regarding the goal.

One-minute it was a 30m screamer while the next it was a 25m thunderbolt which sealed a 2-0 win.

A tap in from a metre is closer to the truth.

Parry won’t ever bore you with his description of it.

“Mate, it was a cracker,” he laughed.

“It was a crucial stage of the game and we won a corner.

“As I am short and slow, I camped myself at the near post but the ball sailed high over my head and I could only curse.

“As I turned around, I discovered the ball was at my feet and I yelled with excitement.

“I then realised I had better score so being a left footer, I went with the right to increase the difficulty and slotted it high into the back of the net.

“My teammates couldn’t believe it – they couldn’t believe my celebration either.

“I ran the full length of the grandstand with my shirt over my head and my toned body was on display for good measure.

“Sadly for the rest of the game I was spent as the celebrations exhausted me.”

While he can have a laugh about his goal, Parry was serious about how much he enjoyed being part of the Masters Games.

“Win, lose or draw – the result is not important in the Masters Games,” Parry said.

“It’s all about having fun and I certainly did.

“I’m not much chop at soccer but I had the very best of times.”

Appeared in the Fraser Coast Chronicle – 26th Sep 2011