Cougars line up for 5th annual charity match

The USQ Cougars will play a top-of-the-table clash against the Coolaroo Roos for the fifth annual LJ Hooker Queensland Cancer Council Charity Match.

Continuing on from last year’s success, the A Grade fixture will be played as a 4:15pm twilight match with a full suite of junior fixtures and a Reserves match as a curtain raiser.

The event attracts support from many businesses across the Darling Downs, with every specially designed pink and yellow University Guernsey sponsored by a different local business.

A BBQ will run throughout the day as well as a large raffle with all proceeds from both going towards the overall donation.

New CFM breakfast announcer Ryan will strap on the boots for the Cougars, playing a celebrity stint as a 19th man.  His co-host Hamish last played in the event in 2010 and will no doubt have plenty of tips for the rookie.

Coach of the Cougars A Grade side and organiser of the event, Shane Melrose described the concept as “awesome”. 

“The event is all about raising awareness for cancer, not only in our football club but right across the community,” said Melrose.

“When I first started this event five years ago, we had a number of player’s families directly affected by cancer. 

“That’s the thing about this event, everyone has a story they can relate.

“Last year we were able to donate over $3000 to Cancer Council Queensland, which is a phenomenal effort.”

Both sides have plenty on the line.  Coolaroo are undefeated so far in season 2013, while the Cougars have lost just the one match – by 7-points to the Roos in Round 4. 

The winner will take top spot ahead of the final three rounds as both sides look to shore up the minor premiership and a week off at the start of finals.

For a full day of football action and to support this great cause head down to the USQ AFL Oval at the university campus this Saturday.  Junior matches kick off with the Under 8s and 10s at 8:40am, with the A Grade fixture beginning at 4:15pm.

PHOTO: Cougars & Bombers players gather after the 2012 match.

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