Kick­ing goals for lo­cal cause

Clubs unite to sup­port vi­tal char­ity

Gatton Star - - SPORT - Lach­lan Mcivor lach­lan.mcivor@gat­ton­star.com.au

FOTBALL: The Gat­ton Redbacks and Lai­d­ley bat­tled to a 1-1 draw on Fri­day night but the re­sult was far from the most im­por­tant part of the game.

The two clubs came to­gether at the Lai­d­ley Re­cre­ation Re­serve for their fifth an­nual char­ity match with $500 be­ing raised for Lai­d­ley Cri­sis Care and Ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Al­though the fix­ture usu­ally in­volves the two se­niors sides bat­tling it out, this year was a chance for the ju­niors to take cen­tre stage.

Lai­d­ley Soc­cer Club pres­i­dent Ja­son Gray said the fix­ture, which raises funds for a dif­fer­ent char­i­ta­ble cause each year, was a great way to close out the sea­son for both clubs.

“The Lock­yer Val­ley is a very small area, as much we’re com­peti­tors we’re al­lies, we want to keep that go­ing,” Gray said.

“It’s a bit of friendly ban­ter and also a great Fri­day night to spend play­ing foot­ball.”

Gat­ton Redbacks pres­i­dent Adam Hal­stead said the event helped to strengthen the bonds be­tween the two clubs.

“Be­cause we’re two lo­cal clubs close by each other, one of the main rea­sons (for hold­ing the game) is to keep sup­port­ing each other,” Hal­stead said.

“We bor­row goals and what­not off each other and all that sort of that thing.”

While it was of­ten the away side which picked up the vic­tory each year, a goal apiece meant brag­ging rights were shared for 2017.

Hal­stead said al­though it was al­ways a good na­tured af­fair off the field, both clubs were of­ten in it to win it once they stepped onto the field.

“They’re of­ten pretty good matches... they can be re­ally com­pet­i­tive,” he said.

“On the field it was game on, off the field it was hand­shakes and beers and all about the char­ity.”

The sup­port of the com­mu­nity was cru­cial.

“Thanks to the lo­cal fam­i­lies and lo­cal busi­nesses that donated all the prizes,” he said.

The game also co­in­cided with the grand open­ing of the up­graded lights at the Lai­d­ley Re­cre­ation Re­serve by the Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Council.

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

UNITED: Gat­ton Redbacks Foot­ball Club pres­i­dent Adam Hal­stead and Lai­d­ley Soc­cer Club pres­i­dent Ja­son Gray be­fore the char­ity match.

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