Charity the winner in grudge challenge

(From left) Kurt Haberfield, Michael Walsh and and Ben Wolff warm up for today’s Backyard Ashes match. 090109AM10 Picture: ANGELA MILNE “Parents, aunties, uncles, friends – it’s hard to not know someone that has been affected by cancer and this is a fun way to raise money for a serious issue.” Michael WalshHOWZAT! The well-known summer sporting cry will ring out across Emmanuel College’s oval today when two teams representing the Cally Hotel and Whalers Inn get together to raise funds for cancer from 12.15pm.Organiser Michael Walsh said the Backyard Ashes match had been a summer favourite since it started as a casual game between mates more than five years ago.”We always played backyard games between each other over a couple of beers and it’s grown into a public match,” Mr Walsh said.”The Australian cricket team was gearing up for a backyard cricket campaign and we thought we would get involved locally.”The players will wear red and green baggy caps denoting their respective pubs, with pink wickets and a Backyard Ashes trophy all adding to the spirit of the day.Mr Walsh said more than $700 was raised at last year’s charity match and hoped to equal that amount for Relay for Life this year.”Parents, aunties, uncles, friends – it’s hard to not know someone that has been affected by cancer and this is a fun way to raise money for a serious issue,” he said.And while the Australian cricket team has been copping plenty of criticism of late, Mr Walsh said winning wasn’t everything – but there would be some friendly rivalry.”We (Whalers Inn) won it last year so it might be the Cally’s turn but we’ll definitely give it our best shot,” he said.”The winning team gets a few beers at the pub afterwards and a bit of lively banter goes on during the match but it’s all in the name of fun.”
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