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Rockets to headline football event

Echuca, Moama and Echuca United football clubs will host a carnival tomorrow to help raise funds for Echuca-Moama Rockets.

LUKE MCMANUS March 28, 2014 4:05am

Moama's Michael Sage, Echuca's Tom Stevens, Echuca United's Rowan Priest and Echuca-Moama Rockets' Jordan Betts.

The Echuca-Moama Rockets headline a five-game football carnival at Moama Oval tomorrow.

Echuca, Moama and Echuca United football clubs have joined forces to hold a first-of-its kind carnival, aimed at raising valuable funds for the all-inclusive Rockets.

The Rockets will take on North Ballarat Knights in a 6pm twilight match, the headline act on a packed fixture.

Echuca and Moama’s under 18 squads will square-off at 10.30am before Moama’s senior side takes on Goulburn Valley Football League club Benalla at noon.

An Echuca United intra-club match will precede a junior Rockets training session at 4pm before Echuca takes on Murray Football League club Deniliquin at 4.30pm.

Up against strong competition in the Knights, Rockets president Phillip Evans said the club was excited for what should be a great day of football.

‘‘It’s all starting to get a bit real for us,’’ he said.

‘‘Things you think about years ago are starting to eventuate and take place.

‘‘After our come-and-try day last year, we had tremendous interest stemming from that, and to see the players keen and looking forward to a game of football on a day like tomorrow, makes it all worthwhile.’’

Evans was thrilled about the Rockets’ inclusion and hoped the club could help out in different ways down the track.

‘‘For the three clubs to acknowledge what we’re trying to achieve is great,’’ he said.

‘‘The opportunity for them to play and be a part of a concept like this is a great thing.

‘‘There’s no reason it can’t be an ongoing thing, maybe next year we as four clubs get together and raise money for something else.

‘‘At the end of the day, we’re not about the money, it’s what we can help deliver as a club.

‘‘We want to teach our team members that it’s not just take and take — we can be an entity that gives back.’’

Peter Kyne, spokesperson for EMU (Echuca, Moama, United), the working group backing tomorrow’s carnival, said the Rockets were at the forefront of the clubs’ plans with the practice matches secondary to the ultimate aim of the concept.

Kyne said one of the major issues involved in organising the event had been the difficulty in locking down different football clubs to play.

Moama was originally scheduled to play Sunraysia Football League’s Mildura Imperials but plans fell through which forced the Pies to seek an alternative.

Moama had Picola and District club Jerilderie pinned before it cancelled, only to lock in Benalla earlier this week.

Spectators are asked to donate a gold coin at the gate and contribute throughout the day, with all proceeds and bar takings passed on to the Rockets.

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