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11 June, 2021

Signed Cats jersey for raffle

A GEELONG guernsey, signed by the 2020 side, and including Gary Ablett (who retired last year), will be raffled off by the Sarina Demons AFL side.

Profits from the sale will help support the Sarina-based team, with money raised helping to fund development and construction around the Sarina AFL grounds.

The works will include change sheds and storage for the Demons’ equipment.

Demons’ president, Shane Floyd, said the team had been honoured to have the guernsey, which had been donated for auction by local sporting royalty, Charlie Brownlow.

The grandson of Charles Brownlow, whom the famous Brownlow Medal was named after, Charlie was eager to help the country club.

“To have someone that significant to the game is just massive, especially since it’s such a huge Victorian sport,” Floyd said.

“With so many people moving up from the south this game is only going to keep getting bigger here and explode soon.

“Sarina Demons consist of Under 8s, 10s and, more recently, Under 12s. And all teams are mixed boys and girls.

“We’re hoping to have under 14s next year,” Floyd said.

“We are growing fast as a club and are proud to provide Sarina with a different sport, aiming to keep kids active and teaching them some life skills.

“The committee is trying hard to keep everything community based.”

“We’d like to thank Charlie for his kind donation and supporting our team.”

Floyd said while the hype over the Guernsey was building, many were chomping at the bit to get their hands on a ticket to an amazing piece of sports memorabilia.

“It’s an impressive item to hang in the living room,” he said.

“When Charlie Brownlow travelled down to our Club in Sarina to present the guernsey, he was particularly impressed by the number of girls now participating in the sport compared to years gone by when it was a male dominated sport.

“While the kids are a bit too young to understand the huge presence they had met, for me I was thrilled to meet the AFL legends grandson and I got to shake his hand.”

During the weekend of August 29 we will host a Junior Carnival and home game: Sarina vs Moranbah.

Most of Mackay AFL U8s and U10s will also be in attendance. “We will also be drawing the winner of the framed, signed guernsey, Floyd said.

“Charlie Brownlow will be in attendance and do a presentation to explain what the Brownlow Medal is really all about.

“With that happening we will have a large crowd of people down there not only just the two teams.”

Limited raffle tickets will go on sale from June 11 and be drawn August 29.

Tickets are $10 each or $100 for a book.

They will be available for purchase from: n Mackay Local News: Worley House, 1st Floor, 45 Victoria Street Mackay n Tandara Hotel Sarina n Sarina Burgers & Seafood Sarina n Third Ground Coffee Sarina n Moranbah News Agency n Middlemount News Agency

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