Foot­ball codes in friendly cricket pitch bat­tle

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - HOT PROPERTY -

THE in­au­gu­ral Codes Chal­lenge on Aus­tralia Day at the Cas­sowary sports­ground will fea­ture jump­ing cas­tles, slip­pery slides and a friendly match of cricket.

The fam­ily-friendly day, from noon-4pm, will have a li­censed bar for par­ents and free bar­be­cue and re­fresh­ments for the kids, with a col­lec­tion to raise money for the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre’s Men’s Shed.

The main en­ter­tain­ment of the day will be a cricket match in­volv­ing the four dif­fer­ent foot­ball codes in the re­gion - rugby league, rugby union, AFL and soc­cer.

Dou­glas United Foot­ball Club trea­surer Jenny El­phin­stone said the friendly match will help unite the foot­ball codes and show

Packs of com­pli­men­tary food will be avail­able to feed the kan­ga­roos and the koalas for a more per­sonal ob­ser­va­tion of these uniquely Aus­tralian an­i­mals.

And for those who are feel­ing brave, they will get the chance to pat a python and if they’re re­ally brave, wrap it around their body.

You will also be able to com­mu­nity spirit.

“It’s a fam­ily fun day that we want to en­cour­age all sports peo­ple to come and cel­e­brate the start of the foot­ball sea­son and to get peo­ple mo­ti­vated and to have some in­ter­est in sport and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Any­one can come, there’s a thong throw­ing com­pe­ti­tion any­one can en­ter into and we’ll have the jump­ing cas­tle and wa­ter­slide and re­fresh­ments, all free.”

The Dou­glas United foot­ball club is hop­ing to make the day an an­nual event to pro­mote unity be­tween the four foot­ball codes.

“In the past it’s been one code ver­sus an­other code in the town and I think we should just ac­cept there’s four codes of foot­ball and get up close and per­sonal with a croc, but from be­hind the safety of its en­clo­sure of course.

The event to help cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day starts at 11am and will run un­til 3pm.

Don’t for­get, wear your best Aussie clob­ber and you could be in the run­ning for some great prizes as well as hav­ing a fun day out. it’s good you can play the code you want to play,” Jenny said.

“There are al­ways peo­ple mov­ing from one sport to an­other, peo­ple aren’t lim­ited and there is a lot of sport that goes on and it’s a mat­ter of ev­ery­one get­ting out there and be­ing pos­i­tive.

“I think it’s good for the com­mu­nity to have strong sport­ing clubs that re­flect that sense of com­mu­nity rather than do­ing their own thing.”

The sport­ing Aus­tralia Day is an op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to re­lax and be en­ter­tained for min­i­mal cost.

“It’s good to give back to the com­mu­nity, it’s some­thing free for the fam­i­lies to come and en­joy and it’s a good start to the year,” Jenny said.

Ready for ac­tion: mem­bers of the lo­cal foot­ball clubs are all geared up for Aus­tralia Day fun Aussie, Aussie, Aussie: Pat a snake and throw a thong at the Wildlife Habi­tat

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