With the 24th annual Melbourne Reclink Community Cup just around the corner, The Rockdogs and RRR and PBS Megahertz have revealed the team members that will go head to head in what promises to be one of the biggest clashes on the football calendar this year. On Sunday 25 June Victoria Park is set to come to life with new and veteran players fighting it out to take home that prestigious Cup for another year.
At the helm of the Megahertz, this year is Disco Superstar and PBS ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ presenter CC:Disco! who will lead her fierce and loyal radio presenters onto the field in the hope of taking the cup back from the Rockdogs in 2017. Taking on the all important roll of co-captains and moral builders is RRR’s ‘Get Down’ presenters Chris Gill and PBS breakfast presenter Beth Atkinson-Quinton who are both eager and excited to be playing at Victoria Park for the first time: “It’s an honour to be representing Triple R and the Megahertz as co-captain alongside Beth AQ, and we’re all excited to be playing at Vic Park for the first time. Finally a home game for the MEGAZ!! A privilege to be raising funds for a great charity – Reclink do so much for those with so little.” – Chris Gill ‘Get Down’ RRR
Returning to coach the Rockdogs is ARIA award winner Dan Sultan, no stranger to the game and the team, Dan has elected to coach alongside Jason ‘Evo’ Evans who will be providing his expertise in training and strategy along with music industry veteran Roger Grierson who has taken on the roll of team manager.
Captaining the Rockdogs again and hoping to keep hold of the cup for another year is Music Victoria and My Dynamite’s Nick Cooper who will be assisted by vice co-captainsGlenn Maynard and Kate Boston-Smith, long time player who has moonlighted on both sides, but now calls herself a Rockdog. Says Boston Smith (Modesty) who is thrilled to be supporting Reclink Australia once again – “Reclink Community Cup is the best way to warm a wintery Sunday. It’s like an urban festival with footy, bands, babies, kids, DOGS and a whole bunch of your mates who just happen to make up this awesome community and it’s all for a great charity supporting disadvantaged Australians. What could be better?!”
Musical performers Kram and Blake Scott from The Peep Tempel will be donning Rockdogs Guernsey’s in between sets and expect to see past favourites Benny Walker, Ash Naylor, Dave Larkin, Johnny Rock, Mikey Cahill and Keats Mulligen on the field again, plus newcomers Bec Goring, Ruby Koomen, Rose Watson, and Helena Holmes making their debut.
Also, making a debut at The Reclink Community Cup is PLAYERTEK by Catapult Sports, a GPS and sports analyst-tracking device that will be worn by 10 players from each team on game day, which will deliver some incredible stats post game.
Catapult CEO Joe Powell said, “We are proud to support a much-loved sporting event like the Reclink Community Cup. Our Catapult athlete monitoring devices are used by all AFL players and coaches to both enhance performance and mitigate injury risk. We can track how high a player jumps, how far or fast they run and collect more than 940 pieces of data per second. We cannot wait to put PLAYERTEK by Catapult devices on Community Cup legends like Nick Cooper and Beth Atkinson-Quinton and get a read on their performance from the match. The data and insights from a PLAYERTEK by Catapult device can help these players strive to take their game to the next level and provide some bragging rights over their competitors.”
Spiderbait, The Peep Tempel, Jen Cloher, and REMI will all perform live sets, along with Aussie legends Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier with She Said Zed performing ‘Streets of Your Town’ – a tribute to The Go-Betweens and the 2017 theme. For the big and little kids alike, the original cardboard warriors Boxwars will bring destruction to the Community Cup field for the first time, Wally Meanie and Murray Wiggle will get the crowd dancing before the game with Bubblegum Machine.
Funds raised through the Reclink Community Cups support Reclink Australia’s work with disadvantaged communities across Australia. From its inception back in 1993, the Melbourne event now rallies more than 10,000 avid followers who collectively raise over $100,000 every year for the cause.
MELBOURNE EVENT DETAILS 2017
Melbourne Reclink Community Cup
Sunday 25 June
Corner Abbot & Lulie Streets, Abbotsford
ARTISTS PERFORMING AT MELBOURNE EVENT
The Peep Tempel
Jen Cloher Band
Deborah Conway, Willy Zygier & She Said Zed
Children’s entertainment – Boxwars, Murray Wiggle and Wally Meanie’s Bubblegum Machine
Tickets now on sale via Oztix: communitycup.oztix.com.
Pre-sale Adults – $15 +BF
Adults at the gate – $20
Kids under 16 – $5 +BF
Gates open at 10.45am
Reclink Community Cup National Dates 2017
Melbourne – Victoria Park – Sunday, 25th June
Adelaide – Norwood Oval – Sunday, 16th July
Brisbane – Leyshon Park – Sunday, 30th July
Sydney – Henson Park – Sunday, 6th August
Hobart – Queenborough Oval – Sunday, 20th August
Perth – Fremantle Oval – Sunday, 3rd September