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