The La Fiamma Desire Staff and the Geraldton All-Stars confronted off on Saturday afternoon for a great bring about, boosting $10,000 for Further than Blue at the Salva Sciuto Stadium.
Even though the finish final result observed the Reds triumph 8-1, the large winner on the day was men’s psychological health.
La Fiamma legend Greg Homer said the idea for the match came from himself and current La Fiamma captain Lachlan Gray.
“So fundamentally, we’re at an age for the aged boys wherever lifetime does grow to be hard. You have a large amount of duties and there’s so quite a few items to do with mental wellbeing today, specially for men.”
“Lachlan and I thought, suitable, let’s get all the guys up there. Get them alongside one another, get them having a excellent time experience like they’re 19 once more and at the identical time, increase as considerably cash as we can for these kinds of a worthwhile cause.”
The La Fiamma community turned out on the working day, with close to 200 men and women exhibiting their guidance.
“We took to the pitch and I assume the game was far more of a chuckle than an athletic event. Just a great deal of fantastic reminiscences designed on the pitch,” Homer reported.
“The score didn’t make any difference. I feel we scored a lot more on accidents and how a lot of pulled hamstrings there ended up on one particular staff to the other.”
A total of 136 shirts ended up bought for the match, custom made-made by Gray, featuring the blue tree signifying psychological wellbeing.
“It’s superb to see a club like La Fiamma performing so much, not just for a sport that everyone enjoys but executing as a lot as they can for the community and it’s good to see the community that arrived out to assist that too,” Holmer reported.
Grey explained he was satisfied to see all his challenging operate fork out off on Saturday.
“I expended the vast majority of my time about the La Fiamma team, setting up for the day. Looking at all of them take pleasure in how significantly effort was set into the working day and how thankful they were being of becoming able to get back again together and see everyone all over again.”
“The younger workforce was up on the balcony, cheering them on and making the most of observing the outdated boys in the La Fiamma kit all over again,” he mentioned.
Attentions then turned to the La Fiamma Condition Newbie League match versus top rated-of-the-table Perth AFC.
“Obviously a lot of extremely superior spirits in the league crew being that we have been six video games undefeated, one of the largest video games of the year in opposition to the top rated staff Perth AFC who have not missing a activity,” Gray mentioned.
“Having all people veteran gamers up on the balcony and then the ambiance that they developed was a thing that a great deal of us have under no circumstances performed in.”
La Fiamma were denied in the opening 20 minutes with good saves from the Perth AFC goalkeeper retaining the scores amount.
Perth then struck on the counterattack, slicing by La Fiamma’s defence to open up the scoring.
On the split of fifty percent-time, La Fiamma grabbed an equaliser as Grey scored a deflected free kick 23m out from purpose.
A tense second fifty percent observed each teams thrust for a winner as exhausted legs begun to just take in excess of towards the conclude.
The ultimate opportunity of the recreation fell to Gray, who was put by on aim and considered he experienced scored when the Perth keeper pulled off an outstanding preserve, fracturing his ribs in the procedure and earning his side a valuable issue.