Community Cup Ends In Dramatic Draw
News posted Monday, June 25 2012 at 09:00 AM.
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The Rockdogs: 5.5.35
No one will be taking home the Community Cup this year.
For only the second time in the event’s 19-year history, The Rockdogs (a team of local musicians) and The Megahertz (representatives from PBS and Triple R) played out a thrilling, 35-all draw.
But the final result wasn’t without controversy. In the dying seconds of the game and with The Megahertz trailing by a point, Triple R presenter Chris Gill – the only man on the field with a “white afro” – took a strong contested grab 30-out from goal. He went back and coolly slotted what appeared to be the winning goal, only for the umpire to deem it a point for shaving the post.
About 9000 people attended the match at Elsternwick Park in Melbourne, raising $70,000 for charity partner Reclink. In the spirit of the tied contest, the Stephen Connolly Award for “best on ground” was jointly won by Liam “Banjo” O’Shannessy from The Rockdogs and Kate Boston Smith from The Megahertz. Boston Smith is the only woman to have won the prize in the cup's history – and she did it in her first ever game of Aussie Rules.
“I've never played a game in my life and I've had nothing but support, love and respect from my team,” the Triple R presenter said. “Growing up playing netball my daddy always said I'd make a good football player. Turns out he was right.”
Performers included Drunk Mums, who opened the day as the SYN Free Kick winners; all-female outfit Bunny Monroe; Boomgates, featuring members of The Twerps, Dick Diver and Eddy Current Suppression Ring, playing a jangly half-time set; and menacing closers Blue Ruin with special guest appearances from Mick Harvey, Tim Rogers, JP Shilo and Wally Meanie. All bands performed songs by The Cramps in keeping with this year’s theme.
Community radio legend Jon Von Goes performed the National Anthem before the bounce accompanied by a string quartet and brass section, while “A-listers” in attendance included Rockdogs coach Paul Kelly and Robert Murphy from the Western Bulldogs.
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(Photo by Leah Robertson)