The clubs of the Whyalla’s Football League are set to unite at the Marsh Cup AFL pre-season match at Bennett Oval, putting aside 100 years of rivalry.
The six affiliated clubs of the WFL will come together on March 7th and celebrate the league’s 100th anniversary at the AFL match.
The clubs will be offering their services at the match, as they pitch in running the new canteen and grandstand bar along with the two satellite bars positioned in the outer.
The Marsh Cup has been quoted as a, “Direct win for our own local football league, “by Whyalla City Council Mayor Clare McLaughlin with all the profits will go directly to the WFL and the participating clubs that provide volunteers.
It will also go towards purchasing new jumpers for the return of the annual representative clash with the Spencer Gulf League this year.
WFL president Jack Velthuizen said it won’t only be the profits from the canteen and bars that will benefit local football and the clubs.
“This is a great opportunity for the league and the clubs to earn some much-needed dollars with the game itself and the redevelopment of Bennett Oval is also a huge win for football in Whyalla.” Jack said.
Potential coaching clinics, a curtain raiser and a half-time kick at catch’ game’ is also currently in discussion, as the WFL works closely with Port Adelaide and its Community Development team to bring these projects to life.
Jack went on to say, “This game, the coaching clinics and community visits by Port Adelaide players and the curtain raiser games will spark interest for young people to start playing footy and those interested in joining the umpire ranks."
“We always need umpires from boundary, goal to field umpires in all grades.”