It was game on for charity
RUGBY LEAGUE/UNION: Local charities were the winners of the fourth annual hybrid charity match hosted by the Springsure Mountain Men at their home ground.
The Springsure rugby league club teamed up with the Rolleston Roos rugby union team to raise $14,500, eclipsing last year's efforts by $500.
The concept was devised in 2013 when both clubs wanted to play a charity match that would showcase both codes. As a result, one half of the game is played as rugby union and the other as rugby league.
The Mountain Men clearly have the format mastered, scoring a comprehensive 68-20 victory to make it four titles in a row.
Organiser Megan Mayne said it was a great effort from both clubs and all involved.
"We feel that it is very important for both clubs to be able to give back to the Springsure and Rolleston communities,” Mayne said.
"Without the support of the community, it is very hard for clubs to survive,” she said.
"The charity match is the Mountain Men and Roos' way of showing our appreciation.”
Five local charities servicing the Springsure and Rolleston communities will benefit from the event, with $3000 going to the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service, $3000 to Springsure Lions Club, $3000 to Rolleston Health Clinic, $2000 to Springsure Meals on Wheels and $3500 to the Ivy Anderson Committee.
In the inaugural women's match, the Central Highlands Barbarians rugby league team came back from a 5-nil deficit at half-time to win 16-5 against the Central Highlands Titans.