It was a clash for the ages yesterday down at Elsternwick Park football ground in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, for the annual Reclink Community Cup; Melbourne radio’s Triple R and PBS AFL charity match. The stage was set with perfect football conditions: a cloudless Melbourne winter day without a breath of wind.
The match drew in excess of 10,000 spectators to watch the annual clash between ‘The Rockdogs’ (fielding a team of new/old rockers) against ‘The Megahertz’ (Triple R/PBS FM presenters). It was a tremendous day where more than $100K was raised for a worthy cause: Reclink, an organisation whose mission is to provide sporting, social and arts activities to enhance the lives of people experiencing disadvantage.
Cygnett Online Community Manager, Nick McCormack gave his assessment of the match: “I was there on the day to watch a couple of mates play on the big stage. But, a hard working veteran winger also caught my eye in the second quarter, sending some sharp left footed 'worm burners' down the throat of The Rockdogs forward flank. Our very own Andrew Kahofer (Cygnett Group Marketing & Product Director and winner of ‘The Ian Rilen Medal’ for best veteran) had pulled on the spikes for the charity day and set a blistering pace. I'd seen AK training hard around the ‘Tan in the lead up to the match and the miles in the legs certainly made the difference in dying stages.”
The day ended in controversy, with a kick after the siren leveling the scores and resulting a draw for the third time in the fixture’s 20 year history – both teams scoring 4.4.28. Nick got a couple shots from the day, none better than this one with the legendary PK (Paul Kelly) and AK during the three-quarter time address.
Of course, the crowd had also flocked to see a raft of the two radio stations supporting bands, including: Justine Clarke & The Rebelles, Super Wild Horses, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and post-match entertainment by the reformed Beasts of Bourbon. Tim Rogers was joined by Kat Spazzy to perform the song Pub by Cosmic Psychos, in lieu of the national anthem before the bounce.