Charity league clash Saturday
RUGBY league is well and truly back on the Coffs Coast.
After Saturday night’s NRL trial match and Group 2 Sevens tournament, another big event on the football calendar is taking place this weekend. Bellingen Park will host the third instalment of the now annual charity clash between the Australian Army Thunder and Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo on Saturday.
The match will be played in memory of local Sgt Matthew Locke, who lost his life serving his country in Afghanistan.
The Thunder arrived in Bellingen yesterday to prepare for the clash, as well as attend a civic reception at the Bellingen Golf Club on Friday.
The event is about so much more than football.
Bellingen Valley Junior Rugby League Club president Troy Green said the annual clash was a financial boost to several organisations within the community.
“Funds raised from the match assist us in gaining equipment and uniforms for the juniors and are much appreciated,” Green said.
Money raised from the weekend’s festivities will also be supporting Legacy, Grub Club Education, Urunga Nippers and North Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
The special jerseys that the players are wearing this weekend will contribute a large portion of the money raised when they are auctioned after the game, along with sporting and other memorabilia, at Diggers Tavern.
A highlight of Saturday night’s proceedings will be the appear- ance of recent Victoria Cross recipient Cpl.
Ben Roberts-Smith as a special guest.
Kick-off for the family-orien- ted main game is at 5.30pm, with entry for adults costing only $5.
Pensioners can attend for a gold coin donation, while children under 15 are free.