Diehards take a punt on new footy sea­son:

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Ju­lia Baker ju­lia.baker@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

It’s a chance for ev­ery­one to sup­port one an­other and the footy club. — Tom Kelly

THE Dalby Diehards are off the footy oval and on the race­track this week­end to kick off the sea­son in style.

The club is set to host their Fam­ily Race Day and Dalby Diehards 2017 Sea­son Launch at Bunya Park this Satur­day.

Diehards pres­i­dent Tom Kelly said the event will be a so­cial day out for the whole fam­ily.

“It’ll be a so­cial event for peo­ple to meet and greet be­fore the start of the sea­son and for spon­sors to come along and meet some of the play­ers,” Mr Kelly said.

“It’s also good for the race club get things mov­ing a bit af­ter the grand­stand fire, we’re happy to be sup­port­ing them and it should be a good day.”

Mr Kelly said it’s the first time the club has held a race day for its pre-sea­son launch, but if it’s a suc­cess, the Diehards will mark it on the an­nual cal­en­dar per­ma­nently.

“Ticket sales are go­ing well at this stage, we’re hop­ing to have 200 odd from the foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion alone so it should be a fairly good crowd,” he said.

“This will be the first one, we’re hop­ing to get it go­ing and im­prove on it from year to year, see what we can do with it af­ter we have this one – just learn as we go.

“We wanted to do it to help lo­cal peo­ple and busi­ness and to get peo­ple along that don’t usu­ally go to the races.

“It’s a chance for ev­ery­one to come out and sup­port one an­other and the footy club and hope­fully ev­ery­one will have a win.

“It’s a day for ev­ery­one, if you can at­tract crowds and bring peo­ple from out of town to it we’d love to see it grow as time goes on to 600 or 700 peo­ple.”

The day in­cludes a seven race TAB pro­gram with the first horses hit­ting the start­ing gates at 11am.

Pe­tria Carmichael who helped or­gan­ise the event said the race day isn’t just for club mem­bers.

“It’s so­cial and it’s a day for the fam­ily... there will be a jump­ing cas­tle and face paint­ing for the kids,” she said.

“Every­body is wel­come and that’s why we’ve made it a fam­ily day, it’s for anyone re­ally who en­joys the races.

“Lisa Sut­ton is play­ing from the end of the last race, there will be fash­ion on the field; the Dalby Devils are run­ning a bar­be­cue and there will be canapes in the af­ter­noon.

“You can come and meet some of the new play­ers and mix with the old ones and it’s also good for peo­ple to sup­port the race club af­ter the fire.”

Gates open at 10am and tick­ets cost $10 or $30 for the mar­quee and are avail­able for pre-pur­chase from Dalby Leagues Club.

PHOTO: FILE

BIG DAY OUT: The Dalby Diehards are host­ing a fam­ily race day at Bunya Park to kick off the new sea­son.

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