Around the Grounds with Hilly: Round 8

Around the Grounds with Hilly: Round 8

31st May 2024

Over the next few months, affiliate clubs of the Hampden Football Netball League will be participating in a number of events to raise money and awareness for a lot of great causes. I’ve always been of the opinion that sporting clubs are great tools to fundraise, promote events and awareness campaigns because of their reach and standing in the community. Coming up next week will the ‘Push Up Challenge’, an event promoting Lifeline South West Victoria and their work to assist people with mental health problems, which then leads to suicide. All of the HFNL clubs are going to take part and aim to conduct 3,429 push ups from June 5th to 28th. MND is also a big event for a lot of Hampden League clubs, the Hamilton Kangaroos have just staged an event, raising money for the disease that former AFL player Neale Daniher is battling. The Portland Tigers are staging their own slide event during Round 9, which shall be fantastic.  Later in the season, South Warrnambool and Camperdown are joining forces for a Mental Health Awareness Match. They have a big day planned with guests talking about this subject and both sides will wear special jumpers. Our clubs are great in the HFNL to raise community awareness. 

Sunday Football

It was a terrific sight over at the Gardens Oval last Sunday, for the clash between Hamilton and Port Fairy. It was a Kangaroos home game, and what a great gesture by the Port Fairy Seagulls Football Netball Club to allow this to happen. The crowd was outstanding, and it brings the question, should we see a few more Sunday fixtures in the competition? We were extremely lucky because of the weather, which plays a big part in the success. It was great to see both clubs benefit from a stand-alone match. I thought it was a great advertisement for the Hampden Football Netball League.

Hutt Hits 100

One of the Cobden Football Netball Club’s favourite sons hits the 100th senior game milestone this weekend at the Cobden Recreation Reserve. Co-captain Jack Hutt will reach the major milestone and what a journey it has been to get there. I’ve always admired Jack’s football ability. He is a flexible player who can play key forward, key back or have an influence in the middle. He has a great football IQ and leads from the front. The journey hasn’t been a smooth sailing one for Jack, sustaining his fair share of injuries, but to his determination and application, it hasn’t stopped him playing the game he loves. Jack loves the Cobden Bombers, his family have been a major contributor to the club and I think this milestone will be one that Jack looks back on with great fondness.

All the best Hutty.

Round 8 Matches

Warrnambool vs Terang Mortlake (Reid Oval)

Camperdown vs Portland (Leura Oval)

South Warrnambool vs Port Fairy (Friendlies Society Park)

Cobden vs North Warrnambool (Cobden Rec Reserve)

Koroit vs Hamilton (Victoria Park)

See you at the Footy.


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