An Auckland grandmother has been given a life ban from her local football club, the mighty Auckland Humpbacks ladies side.
The 76-year-old prop-forward was shown the red card for going down on her opposing hooker during a tense game against local rivals Teriyaki Tykes.
For Fanny Flower, it was her 60th season and her 1,856th game. But this was her 99th offence. "Once she takes her teeth out, she'll go down on anybody," said her scrum partner, Nanna Burgess, the mother of the mother of famous Burgess brothers.
Auckland is one of the few cities in New Zealand where ladies rugby league is played.
"Fanny has held her place in the team for nearly 60 years. She's good at handling stiff opposition," said club chairman Ernie Wichway. "But she has bitten off too many ears - and she's always fisting."
Mrs Flower is said to be furious about her life-time ban. "I was looking forward to getting my 100th red card - and I'd 'ave shoved it up their arse," she growled.
The club is having to erect a steel fence around the ground to prevent the ferocious front-row forward from wreaking further havoc at the club.
When things calm down a bit, Mrs Flower intends to head over the ditch for Adelaide, where older women can participate in ladies rugby and furious embroidery matches with a close family friend, Anthony McElroy.