Kicking goals for charity

IT was a face-off between media and “musos” in late August when the Van Diemen Dogs (musicians) and Ramonas (media) took to the field to battle it out for the title of Hobart Reclink Community Cup champions.

Held at Queensborough Oval at Sandy Bay, the charity football match saw more than 650 people gather for a family fun day out of football, live music, children’s activities, food and beverages.

Now in its 10th year, the national Reclink Community Cup raises funds for Reclink to support its specialist sport, recreation and arts programs.

These programs are designed for vulnerable youth, people with mental illness or disabilities and those facing hardship as a result of homelessness, domestic violence, alcohol, gambling or substance addictions.

Hobart Reclink Community Cup 2017 chairperson Fletcher Austin said the Hobart event was a great success with attendance doubling since last year.

“A magnificent Hobart winter’s day greeted the players and fans alike with a snow-capped view of Mount Wellington in the background,” he said.

“It was a hard fought game between the musicians and media with the Romonas defeating the Van Diemen Dogs 9.10 (64) to 7.7 (49).

“Great half-time and full-time musical entertainment from interstate acts, quarter-time activities from the Blundstone sponsored ‘Boot the Boot’ competition and a groundswell of enthusiasm from the crowd ensured the event will have a bright future for Hobart in the years to come.”

This year’s event also saw Reclink sign its first national sponsor – Tasmania’s very own Blundstone Australia.

Reclink chief executive officer John Ballis said the organisation was “thrilled” to have Blundstone as a national partner for the Reclink Community Cups held across Australia.

“The second Hobart Reclink Community Cup was an outstanding success enjoyed by the hundreds of people who came to watch the Ramonas reign over the Van Diemen Dogs,” he said.

“A novel feature of the event was the Blundstone boot toss, which was enthusiastically supported by the children who attended and provided great half-time entertainment for our audience.

“It was great to have the support of Blundstone at every Reclink Community Cup across Australia.”

Caption: The Ramonas (media) emerged victorious at the recent Hobart Reclink Community Cup, which raises funds to support sports, arts and music programs for people experiencing extreme disadvantage. Photo credit: Mark Phillips.