Footy and net­ball char­ity chal­lenge

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN JENVEY

MEM­BERS of the Din­ner Plain com­mu­nity and Mt Hotham Re­sort Man­age­ment Board and Mt Hotham Skiing Com­pany will take part in the an­nual MND Moun­tain Chal­lenge char­ity football and net­ball matches next Fri­day.

Run by the Din­ner Plain Res­i­dents Busi­ness Op­er­a­tors So­ci­ety (DPROS) the event is now in its fifth year and pits the Din­ner Plain Mt Hotham De­mons against the Omeo Be­nam­bra Rangers in a football and net­ball match in sup- port of two great causes.

Play­ing for the Can­ning Cup in football and the Tah­nee Or­chard Cup in net­ball, the com­mu­ni­ties come to­gether to pro­vide an en­ter­tain­ing evening of sport all whilst rais­ing much needed funds for the Omeo Hos­pi­tal and Mo­tor Neu­ron re­search.

For­mer AFL le­gends will once again join in on the event and coach the football and net­ball teams.

Past Mel­bourne Football Club play­ers Rod­ney Grin­ter and Guy Rigoni will take charge of the Din­ner Plain Mt Hotham team while Colling­wood and Rich­mond great David Cloke and past Bull­dogs, Mel­bourne and St Kilda player Stephen Pow­ell will lead Omeo Be­nam­bra.

The great Ron Barassi will also be in at­ten­dance, toss­ing the coin at the start of the match while also guest speak­ing at the Busi­ness of Sport Lun­cheon along with Bev­erly Brock ear­lier in the day.

DPROS chair­man Peter McKenna hopes another big crowd will turn out and help sup­port the event once again.

“It’s four quar­ters of com­edy, they’re not too com­pet­i­tive against each other but it’s good fun,” he said.

“It’s an en­joy­able night and it all goes to a great cause which is fan­tas­tic.”

Omeo Be­nam­bra won last year’s match to level the head to head record at 2-2.

The match will be played at the Omeo Football Ground on Fri­day, Au­gust 7, start­ing at 7pm, while the net­ball match will be played dur­ing the half­time break.

A gold coin en­try do­na­tion to the ground would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

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