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Echuca event draws community together

The third One and All Inclusion Project’s annual All-Star match on Sunday was hailed a resounding success by organisers.

TRENT HORNEMAN August 6, 2014 3:04am

The Legends listen to the coach's word on Sunday during the One and All Inclusion day.


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The sun came out to greet footballers and netballers who put on a show for the One and All Inclusion Project’s annual All-Star match at Echuca South on Sunday.

The day started with about 50 young people taking part in Auskick Extension Games, before the junior Echuca-Moama Rockets taking on Echuca United’s under 14s.

Organiser Mark McGann said there were many highlights, including Ainsley Harrison’s good play at both ends of the ground, as well as Tarkyn Grundy running 50m the wrong way to get ambassador, injured Carlton footballer Andrew Walker, into the play.

All players tuned into Walker when he offered advice on the field and he was bombarded with questions from players after the match.

Netballers were also in action on the day, with an all-abilities clinic for young netballers in the morning, followed by a match between the Rockettes and local ‘ex-superstars’.

Echuca’s youth girls football team was also given a chance to ply its trade against Shepparton-Notre Dame, winning by 26 points.

The main event for the day was the all-abilities football match, which pitted community leaders, former footballers and the Echuca-Moama Rockets side against each other.

After promising plenty in the lead up to the match, Member for Rodney Paul Weller was the biggest casualty as he hobbled from the field with a hamstring injury after firing a bullet-like handpass in the second quarter.

Nathan Dri had the crowd roaring, after kicking a goal after several attempts, while big men Damien Cocks and Brent Thomas battled hard over the ground.

Kaiden Tonizzo running three-quarters the length of the ground, including seven bounces, to kick a goal was a highlight.

Robbie Golding racked up possessions, while John Guinan entertained the crowd dressed as his alter-ego Bo Bo the Clown.

Alyx Glanville, Krystelle Lloyd, Kiara and Jeneaka Cooper showed no ill-effects of playing in the girls’ match, pulling on the boots for the match, while Mikayla Armstrong and Sophie Ryan backed up after a game of netball.

Armstrong was one of the One and All Stars’ best players, along with Jake Robinson, while Tonizzo and Dri were the Masters’ best players.

McGann said the day was a true inclusion event, with representatives from many sporting groups joining residents from all walks of life.

‘‘It is an event everyone can be proud of,’’ he said.

One and All Inclusion Project co-ordinator Jacqui Davies said it was a great day.

‘‘I was really impressed by how easily this event comes together now in its third year,’’ she said.

‘‘Everyone pulls their weight — they know their roles and they get in and get it done.

‘‘There are so many volunteers who share the load and they do it because they enjoy it and can see the impact that the day has on everyone.’’

Ms Davies said there were plenty of good moments on the day.

‘‘A highlight for me would be in the rooms afterwards, I looked around and saw so many families and people who wouldn’t normally come together if it wasn’t for this and yet you wouldn’t have known it,’’ she said.

‘‘Everyone mingles beautifully, having a laugh and being part of something really special.’’

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