Sun 29 Jun 2014

Finally breaking the winners drought after two draws in a row, the 2014 Reclink Community Cup has been won by the Rockdogs in the traditional clash between community broadcasters and musicians. Drawing the biggest crowd in the event’s twenty plus year history with the official attendance seeing well over 10,000 punters pile through the gate, it lived up to the day’s theme Such A Perfect Day.

With excellent June weather, the much loved annual footy match raised over $100,000 to help Reclink Australia deliver sports and arts programs to assist disadvantaged folks nationwide. Families, music fans, half-time kick-to-kick, and theatrics galore including two skydivers who delivered the ball pre coin-toss made for a very colourful day.

With passionate but skills-challenged football best described as “free-range” as the centrepiece, it’s safe to say entertainment was the winner of the day.

Reclink Community Cup is an annual charity football match traditionally held between the Triple R / PBS FM Megahertz and the Rockdogs, comprised of Melbourne's rock royalty, with the goal of raising money for charity for Recllink Australia and providing punters with a fantastic day out.

In what was a tight contest at times, the final scoreboard result being Megahertz : 6.7.43 Vs The Rockdogs : 8.4.52. New recruit and what would reveal to be their secret weapon, Benny Walker from The Rockdogs, won the Stephen Connelly Award (Best On Ground).

Kicking off the days’ entertainment just after gates opened was Elmo & Friends Live with many children enjoying their performance as well as the other family-friendly activities on site at the KidZone. Local acts Fraser A. Gorman, and The Smith Street Band followed; then hitting stage at half time was Saskwatch. Post match legendary 80s band Painters And Dockers performed a blistering live set with a large crowd singing along with charismatic frontman Paulie Stewart to favourites including favourites Die Yuppie Die, Kill Kill, Kill, You’re Going Home In The Back Of a Divvy Van etc.

To kick things off, David Bridie was joined by a small choir to perform their take on Such A Perfect Day, which was the day’s theme, paying homage to iconic musician Lou Reed’s passing in 2013.

Reclink Australia, Triple R 102.7FM and PBS 106.7FM acknowledges the support of the 2014 Reclink Community Cup partners: Australia Post, James Boags Draught, Bendigo Bank, Bayside City Council and Victorian Amateur Football Association.

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