Salvos fundraiser ahead of NEAFL GF rematch

A ‘Guns N Hoses’ charity match between the Queensland Police and Fire and Rescue services will be played at Graham Rd this weekend to raise funds for the Salvation Army.

The match will be played a curtain raiser to the NEAFL Grand Final rematch between Aspley and NT Thunder on Saturday morning.

There will be a gold coin donation at the gate as well as an auction item – a framed jumper signed by Tennis stars Pat after and Evonne Goolagong-Cawley.

The ‘Guns N Hoses’ match began over 10 years ago, but has taken a two-year break due to a lack of player availability.

Queensland Police Football Club representative, Darryn Parkes, is excited to have the charity match return to support a worthy cause.

“We used to hold it up at the Sunny Coast, but what happened was the players who used to play in it got too old,” he said.

“Being the Sunny Coast, no one wanted to leave, so we took a bit of a break and decided to resurrect it in Brisbane where there are more players around.

“We started this charity match initially because he salvos used to turn up at incidents like bush fires with their food wagon and things like that, and we thought we would try and pay them back for their support.”

Parkes is expecting an ‘entertaining’ battle between the two sides, many of whom haven’t played the game before.

Although the Queensland Police have more experience, Parkes isn’t counting out their opponents.

“The firies have probably got more eye-candy for the female patrons than us,” he quipped.

“Most of the players have only played rugby so it should be a bit of a laugh. We’re all looking forward to it.”

The match kicks off at 11am, with the NEAFL battle between NT Thunder and Aspley to follow at 1.30pm.

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