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Reclink Community Cup Drops Line Up for Melbourne Event and National Touring Sked

Monday 15 May 2017

Reclink Community Cup Drops Line Up for Melbourne Event and National Touring Sked

The most talked about iconic event on the community calendar—the Reclink Community Cup—is back on its 24th season, with this year's theme 'Streets of Your Town', drawn from a song title by a seminal Brisbane band The Go-Betweens! Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart and Perth will celebrate with their own unique enthusiasm and style.

Having footy as the main highlight of the Cup, the event is also popular for its fantastic bill of pre-show, half-time and post-match bands, with some of the nation’s most beloved artists rendering incredible performances for young and old alike.

Performing for the Melbourne event are Spiderbait
, The Peep Tempel
, Jen Cloher Band
, Deborah Conway, Willy Zygier & She Said Zed
 and for the children’s entertainment, Murray Wiggle and Wally Meanie's Bubblegum Machine. Also joining the ride will be nationally lauded hip hop act Remi and art and destruction favourites, Boxwars.

Set times are as follows:

Gates Open: 10:45am
11:30–12:15pm - Bubblegum Machine
12:20–1:10pm - Box Wars
1:15–2:00pm- Jen Chloer Band
2:05–2:20pm - Teams enter the ground and event is officially opened
2:25–2:30pm - Deborah Conway
3:15–3:55pm - Half Time performance by Remi
4:55pm: On ground The Cup and 2 medals
5:05–5:40pm - Peep Tempel
5:50–6:35pm - Spiderbait
Gates Close - 7:00pm

2017 also welcomes a new national event sponsor Blundstone Australia, who are thrilled and proud to be involved as a national partner. Also, making a debut at The Reclink Community Cup is Playertek by Catapult Sports, a GPS and sports analyst-tracking device that will be worn by 10 players from each team on game day, which will deliver some incredible stats post game.

Most importantly, Reclink Community Cup helps much in raising funds for Reclink Australia’s work with disadvantaged communities all over the country. From its inception back in 1993, the Melbourne event now rallies more than 10,000 avid followers who collectively raise over $100,000 every year for the cause. It will also be the first carbon neutral music/football event in Australia with the help of the country's largest 100% renewable generator and greenest power company Powershop.

Another new this year is that The Reclink Community Cup has teamed up with UBER to give new riders attending the 2017 event a free first ride to their destination of choice valued up to $20 and, even better for every first trip taken with the code, $10 will be donated to Reclink. More information can be found here.

“This year’s theme is all about community, the importance of social inclusion, celebrating diversity and community belonging. After all, the streets of your town are the streets of our town,” said John Ballis, CEO, Reclink Australia.

Reclink Australia delivers specialist sport, recreation and arts programs for at-risk youth, people with mental illness or disability, homeless people and victims of domestic violence, and those facing alcohol, gambling, and substance addictions.

The 24th annual Melbourne Reclink Community Cup promises to boast another year of family, fundraising, and of course footy as Rockdogs (musicians) and Megahertz 9(Triple R 102.7FM & PBS 106.7FM) battle it out in the field.

At the helm of the Megahertz, this year is Disco Superstar and PBS ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ presenter CC:Disco! who will lead her fierce and loyal radio presenters in the hope of taking the cup back from the Rockdogs in 2017. Taking on the all important roll of co-captains and moral builders is RRR’s ‘Get Down’ presenters Chris Gill and PBS breakfast presenter Beth Atkinson-Quinton who are both eager and excited to be playing at Victoria Park for the first time.

Returning to coach the Rockdogs is ARIA award-winner Dan Sultan. No stranger to the game and the team, Dan has elected to coach alongside Jason ‘Evo’ Evans who will be providing his expertise in training and strategy along with music industry veteran Roger Grierson who has taken on the roll of team manager.

Captaining the Rockdogs again and hoping to keep hold of the cup for another year is Music Victoria and My Dynamite’s Nick Cooper who will be assisted by vice co-captains Glenn Maynard and Kate Boston-Smith, long time player who has moonlighted on both sides, but now calls herself a Rockdog.

So brave the cold and get amongst it this winter. It’s sure to be a cracking day!