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Rockers line up for Reclink charity footy game

An iconic fundraising event that attracts more than 10,000 spectators in Melbourne each year is coming to Pine Rivers.

The Reclink Community Cup, a charity Australian Rules football match that pits musicians against music media workers, started in Victoria in 1993.

It raises money for Reclink Australia, which supports at risk youth, people experiencing mental illness, the homeless, people with a disability, and those tackling alcohol and drug issues and social and economic hardship.

The first Sydney Reclink Community Cup was held in 2012, with Adelaide and Perth games introduced in 2015.

This year the event is nationwide, with Hobart and Brisbane to host footy fundraisers for the first time to create a six-date series.

The Brisbane event, a family friendly fun day with live music, will be held at Pine Rivers Showground at Lawnton in September.

The multi-gender football game between the Rockinghorses team (musicians) and Brisbane Lines (media) will feature some of the country’s most notable musicians, both performing and kicking a ball.

Musician Tim Rogers, left, lines up for the Rockdogs team in the Reclink Community Cup game in 2012.

In past years, Australian music luminaries such as Paul Kelly, Courtney Barnett, Tim Rogers and Tex Perkins have participated as players, coaches or water runners.

Reclink CEO John Ballis said the Community Cup is “a time when the media – particularly the community radio sector – and local musicians band together to help raise much needed funds”.

“(Money raised) enables us to deliver sport, recreation and arts programs that make a huge difference to lives of the neediest in our community; programs that foster self-confidence, fight isolation, develop skills, and establish connections and lasting friendships,” he said.

Last year’s events in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide raised more than $215,000 to better the lives of people experiencing disadvantage around Australia.

Reclink Australia aims to raise more than $250,000 from this year’s six events, which run from June to September.

For more information on the inaugural Brisbane Reclink Community Cup go to



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