By Jackson Russell
Wallan’s footballers, cricketers and netballers are getting together to raise money for Wallan CFA on Thursday.
The inaugural Wallan CFA shield will feature Wallan District Cricket Club and Wallan Football Netball Club taking the field in a T20 cricket match before the Magpies’ netballers take to court against a combined team of cricketers and footballers.
The clubs’ juniors will also play before the two senior matches with cricket games and activities from 4.30pm.
The event came after conversations between cricket coach Chris Vecchie and football coach Daniel Nolan about what the clubs could do to give back to the community.
“Myself and Chris has a conversation around a month ago when the bushfires were happening and just thought about what we could do for the community to raise some much-needed funds,” Nolan said.
“We thought about including the Wallan CFA to put the money back into the community fire brigade.”
Vecchie said it was great for all three clubs to come together for a good cause.
“I think it’s great to get the whole community involved because it’s something they care about. If ever there is a fire close to here, it will be the local CFA that’ll come and help us,” he said.
“To incorporate both clubs, get us working together, is something we hope goes really well and we can continue it as an annual thing.”
All proceeds from the day go directly to Wallan CFA, with player donations, entrance fees and food and drinks sales all contributing.
Brothers Matt and Steve Bell will captain the two sides, with Matt helming the footballers and Stevie skippering the cricketers.
“There’ll be some friendly banter back at the Bell household, I think,” Nolan said.
With around 15 players signed up from each club, the event has already raised more than $300 for the Wallan CFA without a ball being bowled.
“It’s great for the community to come together and that’s what it’s about at the end of the day,” Nolan said.
“We play sport but we’re a pretty close community so to have everyone coming together to raise some money is what it’s all about.”
The inaugural Wallan CFA Shield is on Thursday, at Greenhill Reserve. Junior activities start at 4.30pm with the cricket starting at 5.30pm, followed by netball at 7pm.
Entry is $5 an adult or $10 a family and the canteen and bar will be open, along with a barbecue and raffles.