Players raise booty

Members of the Griffith LAC were among the 24 teams competing at the Golden Boot touch football carnival. Photo: Rustty Lake-Connolly.

The 2019 Golden Boot event at the Narrandera Sportsground last week raised $15,000 – far surpassing the organisers’ expectations.

Of this amount, $10,000 will be given to NSW Police Legacy; $1000 will be donated to the the National Institute of Integrative Medicine and the balance given to a local colleague who will require some significant assistance with medical expenses and travel over the coming months.

Organiser Marc Lawrence said the Police Association of NSW provided a big donation and manpower for the day and other donors included Wingman Beer with product and $500 to the charity.

Police Bank made another sizeable financial donation to ensure the money raised became profit and Bendigo Bank Narrandera continued its financial support.

Local businesses who provided organisers with goods and services included Narrandera Gourmet Meats, Narrandera Bakery, Narrandera Showcase Jewellers, Antech Screenprinting, Subway Australia Narrandera, Mizuno Running Australia, Frontier Touring, BIG4 Holiday Parks, Dave Young and Dan Pev for auction and raffle items.

Liverpool Kings took home the boot for the second time in three years and also organised $3000 in donations from some of their local businesses. Runner-up in the grand final was the Maroubra Bunnies.

Parramatta Bin Chicken players Trevor Ngai won the men’s gift while Kris Monrock sprinted home to take the women’s gift. Warren the Wookie won the mascot race.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW provided the Sydney Thunder prize.

Lawrence said Wednesday’s social night was also brilliant and the costumes and effort every-one went to was improving each year.

He thanked the Narrandera Imperial Football-Netball Club for keeping players hydrated and the Narrandera Lizards Junior Rugby League for keeping them fed.

Lawrence also praised the town of Narrandera for hosting the event each year and the Narrandera Shire Council for allowing use of the ground at no cost.

“It was yet again in supreme condition and the positive comments plentiful,” he said.

The event is scheduled for Narrandera Sportsground again next year on November 11.

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