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Firefighters take on rock stars in footy grudge match for charity

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05 Oct 2016
MFB fireys will take on Aussie rockstars in a charity footy match this weekend.

Reclink Australia is this Sunday hosting a charity football “grudge” match between the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the winners of the 2016 Melbourne Reclink Community Cup, the Rockdogs.

This is the first time the Rockdogs will play outside the Melbourne Reclink Community Cup, with the players made up from local music scene and coached by ARIA award winning singer-songwriter Dan Sultan.

Reclink Australia CEO John Ballis said the match was sure to thrill spectators, with its mix of skills and theatrics.

“The match between the MFB and Melbourne Reclink Community Cup winners, the Rockdogs, will be a highlight of this year’s grassroots footy calendar,” Mr Ballis said.

“What could be more exciting than watching local rockstars taking on Melbourne’s fireys in a grassroots footy grudge match?

“We have the seasoned fireys and the energetic Rockdogs coming together for charity – a bit like fighting fire with fire.”

Leading Firefighter Stephen Greene said the MFB Football Team was coming off a recent loss to the Victoria Police footy team and is hungry for a win.

“Just like the Western Bulldogs, the MFB is the underdog here and we are full of fire and ready to play hard, all for a good cause,” LFF Greene said.

The match is part of the annual Frank Galbally Cup, which pins Melbourne’s legal fraternity against each other in a game between local Barristers and Solicitors.

Named in honour of former VFL player, the late Frank Galbally CBE, the day raises money for Reclink Australia to help it improve the lives of disadvantaged Australians through sport, recreation and arts.

Reclink Australia is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to enhance the lives of people experiencing disadvantage or facing significant barriers to participation, through providing new and unique sports and arts opportunities and specialist recreation programs.

WHAT:  Metropolitan Fire Brigade vs the Rockdogs

WHEN:  11.30am, Sunday 9 October

WHERE:  Victoria Park Football Ground, corner of Abbott and Lulie Streets, Abbottsford 

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