Echuca, Moama and Echuca United football clubs joined forces on Saturday, hosting a five-game carnival which raised funds for the all-inclusive Rockets.LUKE MCMANUS April 1, 2014 4:22am
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Echuca-Moama Rockets president Phil Evans was overwhelmed with the community’s support during Saturday’s football carnival at Moama Oval.
Echuca, Moama and Echuca United football clubs joined forces for the first time to host a five-game carnival which raised valuable funds for the all-inclusive Rockets.
Evans praised supporters and all clubs involved for their generosity throughout the day and thanked Benalla, Deniliquin and Ballarat Knights clubs for their involvement.
‘‘It was an unbelievable day, couldn’t have asked for any better,’’ Evans said.
‘‘There was a good crowd, the weather was spot on.
‘‘The most encouraging thing about it, we asked for a gold coin donation, but people were throwing notes in the tin which was just fantastic.’’
Echuca and Moama’s under 18 squads kicked off the day, before Moama’s seniors scored a win against an undermanned Benalla.
Echuca United’s intra-club preceded Echuca’s hit out against Deniliquin, before the Rockets took centre-stage against the visiting Ballarat Knights.
‘‘To see such a cross-section of clubs involved was great,’’ Evans said.
‘‘Everyone grasped the concept of the day very well. To finish with the Rockets crew up against a premiership winning team in Ballarat was also great.
‘‘They (Ballarat) understood the concept and have been in the same situation as us, they really appreciated the trip to Echuca to play footy and meet new people.’’
Peter Kyne, spokesperson for EMU (Echuca, Moama, United), the working group behind the initiative, said total funds raised would be finalised mid-week, with early estimates around the $4000 mark.
Kyne said with a framework now in place, EMU and the Rockets would look towards adding new features and ironing out issues in the hope of creating an annual event.
‘‘The four clubs involved are very happy with the outcome,’’ Kyne said.
‘‘At the end of the day, the scores of the practice matches aren’t really important, it’s about helping out the Rockets.
‘‘We’ll take it away with us and see how we can improve it.
‘‘We may look to include more juniors or a few netball games next season, things like that.
‘‘It’s pretty unique for three clubs from the same town to work together and it’s something we’re very keen to keep improving.’’
Kyne said the response from supporters was overly positive and noticed the grassed areas near the clubrooms filled with families throughout the afternoon.
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