Football codes in friendly cricket pitch battle
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