The Sydney Sailors held off the Western Walers to win 52-37 in the annual Reclink Community Cup on Sunday, August 14. A crowd of1,700 turned out at Henson Parkin Marrickville to watch Sydney’s media and music communities face off in a game of AFL. Alex Dyson from the Triple J breakfast show led Sydney’s media team of Sailors against Siobhan Poynton and the Western Walers team of musicians that included Rob Mills, Urthboy and Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese MP. Down 16-7 early in the second quarter, the Walers found inspiration from a “Best On Ground” performance by Lisa “Kiwi” Ropere to fight their way back into the contest. However, the Sailors’ accurate goal kicking and strong defence was enough to secure them the win and make it five in a row. A founding member of the Sailors, Sydney venue booker and media worker Kim Tan has been involved with the Reclink Community Cup since it began in 2012. Tan said she was happy that “this year’s event went well, everybody looked out for each other on the field and I’m relieved that the Sailors can hold the cup for another year”. Adam Yee, a proud Waler who is also involved in organising the Sydney Community Cup, sees the event continuing to grow in Sydney because “we have a strong core group of people that work hard behind the scenes to pull everything together. Reclink has built a great working relationship with major partner Young Henry’s and together we are already looking at how we can expand next year’s event. ”Yee said that the 2016 Sydney Community Cup raised over$20,000 in much-needed funding for Reclink charities. This includes the support of arts and sporting programs run for disadvantaged people in metropolitan and regional areas of Australia.