IT’S A GOAL: Mariners Josh Rose celebrates after scoring against Adelaide United this season.
IT’S A GOAL: Mariners Josh Rose celebrates after scoring against Adelaide United this season. Morne De Klerk

Rose returns to help

ONE OF Berserker’s favourite sons, Josh Rose, returns to Elizabeth Park today to assist with the fundraising efforts to get the ground back to top condition after the January floods.

After playing locally, Rose is still enjoying a football career that has taken him to clubs in New Zealand, Romania and back to Australia where he is a member of the Central Coast Mariners.

Rose was a revelation in his first year back in A-League football, receiving rave reviews for his performances at left back with the Mariners, awarded the Peter Turnbull medal as the team’s best player for the season, reaching the A-League grand final only to be beaten in the dying minutes and also named as a serious contender for a place in the national squad.

When the club set about raising funds Rose was an obvious choice to be a part of the operation.

Spokesman for the Berserker club, Matthew Cunningham, said there was still work to do around Elizabeth Park and members decided one way to raise funds for the work was a big raffle.

“We called it The Get Back on Track Multi-Draw Raffle,” he said, “we started selling tickets about three-and-a-half months ago.”

Cunningham said there was a lot of support from businesses around the area and also from some of the Berserker “old boys”.

Former Berserker player and ex-North Queensland Fury assistant coach Stu McLaren has provided an item that could become a collectors piece-a Fury shirt signed by players just weeks before the club became defunct.

Rose too has been busy, not only bringing a signed Mariners shirt but also calling on mates Matt Mackay, Steve Fitzsimmons and Josh Mitchell of Brisbane Roar, Gold Coast and Perth to do likewise.

Then Adelaide United’s director of football Michael Petrillo has also helped out by sending a signed football from his club.

Cunningham said while he was hoping to get Rose down to Elizabeth Park last night for the Community Football games, the main program takes place today.

During the afternoon there will also be plenty of activities.

“It will be mainly for the kids with jumping castles and sausage sizzles,” Cunningham said.

Then in the evening Rose will be the guest speaker at a function in the clubrooms where it is expected he will answer questions from football followers.

The draw will also take place this evening with the main prize being a weekend for two adults and two children at the Whitsunday’s Long Island Resort.

That was a prize Cunningham managed to obtain.

“We were on honeymoon at Long Island at the time (flood) and the manager asked if he could help,” Cunningham said.

True to his word he has provided a package that will be eagerly sought when the draw is made.



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