Desperados win AFL Cup
Footy for fun Tropical Masters Cup
MORE than 70 Australian Rules Football masters players from as far south as Melbourne and as far north as Cairns converged on Whitsunday Sports Park yesterday for the annual Tropical Masters Cup.
The players registered and were drafted into 14-man teams sponsored by five local businesses to play a carnival of nine-a-side matches.
The annual event had a few changes this year; for the first time inviting five female players into the ranks and also holding the carnival over one day.
However, Friday night kicked off the event with the traditional fundraiser Walk-A-Mile, which raised $1000 for mental health to be donated to the Whitsunday Suicide Prevention Network later this week.
Walk-A-Mile encourages participants to swap shoes with a mate and walk 1500m in their shoes and reflect on mental health.
The weather held out until the last match of the day, the Tropical Design Desperatos defeated the Jubilee Tavern Juveniles in a close match with only a few goals between them.
Organiser and Whitsunday Bald Eagles president Darren Lloyd said the event was a great success and thanked all those who had volunteered their time to make the day happen.
“It’s footy for fun and you could tell by the smiles afterwards and beers all round everyone enjoyed themselves,” he said.
The day had only one casualty when a player came under friendly fire and bumped into his own teammate.
He was transported off the field by paramedics with a badly bruised collarbone.
Mr Lloyd said he looked forward to another great event next year by which time the new club house was hoped to have been completed.
GRINNING WINNERS: The Tropical Design Desperados won the Tropical Masters Cup hosted in Airlie on the weekend.