Des­per­a­dos win AFL Cup

Footy for fun Trop­i­cal Masters Cup

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Jes­sica Lamb Jes­sica.Lamb @whit­sun­day­times.com.au

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.

PHOTO:CON­TRIB­UTED

GRIN­NING WIN­NERS: The Trop­i­cal De­sign Des­per­a­dos won the Trop­i­cal Masters Cup hosted in Air­lie on the week­end.

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