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LOOK­ING for four quar­ters of com­edy?

Look no fur­ther than the an­nual Can­ning Cup on Fri­day, Au­gust 5 that pits a rag tag bunch of Mt Hotham and Din­ner Plain towies and moun­tain staff, aided and abet­ted by some for­mer, okay age­ing, AFL stars, against the hard­ened boys from Omeo.

David Cloke, Stephen Pow­ell, Matt McGuire, Wayne Walsh, Ted Car­roll, Guy Rigoni and Rus­sell Robert­son will pull on the red-V and navy blue when they kit up for the Din­ner Plain/Mt Hotham Demons in a match de­signed to raise aware­ness around mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease.

MND suf­ferer and for­mer cham­pion foot­baller Neale Dani­her will be guest speaker at the sold out lunch ear­lier in the day, while Na­tion­als se­na­tor Brid­get McKen­zie will take to the net­ball courts at the Omeo Re­cre­ation Re­serve.

Din­ner Plain’s Peter McKenna said the “Big Freeze” had come to the moun­tains.

“This started eight years ago af­ter one of the leg­ends of Din­ner Plain Peter Can­ning lost his bat­tle with the dis­ease,” he said.

“It is re­ally four quar­ters of com­edy rather than footy but the cause is all that mat­ters.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to have Neale Dani­her com­ing – he’s raised more than $8 mil­lion in 18 months as part of the Big Freeze and is a true in­spi­ra­tion.”

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