Niamh & Keeley get ready to cheer on the Anchors

Following this season’s inconsistent form of the Crows and Power, Adelaide looks certain to miss out on hosting any AFL finals. It’s fortunate then that the Reclink Community Cup is set to fill that void this Sunday, with what shapes as the football match of the year when local musicians and media face off at Coopers Stadium, Norwood.

The Rockatoos boast a line up of musical talent that includes members of Bad//Dreems, Mere Machine, The Timbers, Surviving Sharks, Trent Worley and Koral & the Goodbye Horses. Meanwhile, the Anchors will take to the field with representatives from FreshFM, Hit107, The Advertiser, The Australian, Rip It Up, Radio Adelaide, Three D Radio and The Upside News. Just how well everyone can actually play football will be revealed on Sunday afternoon.

The Community Cup began life in Melbourne over 20 years ago and has become quite an institution. It has since spread to Sydney, and now Adelaide and Perth are gearing up to host their inaugural matches.

Niamh & Keeley get ready to cheer on the Anchors
Niamh & Keeley get ready to cheer on the Anchors

The anticipation around town is palpable: scarves in team colours can be readily spotted, radio is alive with talk of the match and the Grace Emily and Wheatsheaf hotels have got board at team sponsors. The Wheaty have even brewed a special beer in honour of the event. The Grace is hosting a pre-match gig on Saturday night ($10 entry), while festivities will wind up after the match at the Weatsheaf.

The gates open at noon (gold coin donation) with pre-match entertainment and children’s activities, before Penny Wong will toss the coin at 1 pm. The tough job of umpiring the game falls to Graham Cornes.

All money raised on the day goes towards a very worthy cause in Reclink, an organisation that engages people, who are experiencing disadvantage, through sport and music programs.

While it all promises to be great fun, participants have been taking their preparation seriously, attending weekly training sessions and with a strong rivalry developing between the two teams as match-day draws near.

With some tough talk between the camps this week, it’s the respective coaches who should have the final word in the lead up to the game. Damian Woodards of Anchors says “The Anchors are an anywhere anytime team, we have a good blend of creativity and fun, and the players believe in the game plan. We will have a few tactics to put the Rockatoos out of tune!”

Meanwhile Jason Evans, coach of the Rockatoos (and Community Cup founder), is confident and to the point when he says, “I love the smell of victory.”

Get down to The Parade on Sunday to see how the rivalry pans out and support this great cause.

Written by Matthew Trainor
Photo of Anchors cheerleaders by Matthew Trainor

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: The author will be lining up for The Anchors on Sunday.