Footy codes unite to raise funds for Erica Walker

For a good cause: Adrian Daley, Lauryn Cosgrove, Adam McCormack, James Kelly, Fraser Carroll,  Mark Howard, Kaes Besseling and Zoe Archer ahead of the Charity Shield cricket day on Monday.
For a good cause: Adrian Daley, Lauryn Cosgrove, Adam McCormack, James Kelly, Fraser Carroll, Mark Howard, Kaes Besseling and Zoe Archer ahead of the Charity Shield cricket day on Monday.

THEY are usually enemies on the field, but footy codes from across the Hastings will unite for a good cause at Wood Street cricket ground on Monday.

The Breakers, Sharks, Vikings, Pirates, Magpies and an invitational team will play a special 10-overs-a-side cricket knockout tournament to raise funds for Erica Walker.

Walker is a registered nurse and mother who was diagnosed with a brain tumor late last year.

Organiser and Breakers captain Adrian Daley said they were looking forward to the second instalment of what he hopes will continue to be an annual event.

“Last year we wanted to try and make it an annual event and try and raise money for local families,” he said.

“This year we’ve got a family from the Pirates club who unfortunately has been diagnosed with a brain tumour and we’re trying to help them out however we can.

“To have it on Australia Day where you can get together with friends, families and sometimes your enemies in the other footy teams and have a bit of fun is what it’s all about.

“If we can do that while raising some money for a good cause it’s beneficial for everyone.”

The Sharks will look to hang onto their crown as the inaugural winners.

But with Adam McCormack leading the Vikings and Kaes Besseling a key figure for the Pirates, they won’t have it all their own way.

Fraser Carroll and the Magpies might have something to say about that and with Mark Howard in the Settler’s Inn invitational team, they would also fancy their chances.

“The plan is to build it up to an eight-team knockout tournament and get a couple of other local codes in there next year," Daley said.

The format on the day is 10 overs per side with each pair to bat for two overs and every wicket is worth five runs.

Everyone bowls an over, two runs are added to the score for a wide and any extras in the last over are re-bowled.

The Vikings will play the Magpies while the Breakers take on the All-Stars from 9am.

The final is scheduled for 12.45pm and the day will wrap up at Settlers Inn following the completion of the match where raffles will be drawn along with an auction.

There will be a jumping castle for the kids while the Port City Breakers juniors will cook a barbecue and sell soft drink.

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