Open Letter From The Adelaide Community Cup

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The Reclink Community Cup, a much-adored charity football match series that pits musicians against media annually in Sydney and Melbourne, comes to Adelaide for the first time in 2015.

Puffing and panting through what will undoubtedly be an unfit game full of hilarity, the players will raise money for Reclink – an organisation that engages people experiencing disadvantage through sport and music programs.

Koral Chandler
Koral Chandler

“We wanted to bring this event to Adelaide because it’s a great day for a great cause,” says Adelaide Community Cup organiser Koral Chandler. In her own words, this is what the cup is all about:

Footy and rock & roll – without them Adelaide's cultural psyche would look entirely different. The Angels would never have told us all to get f*cked and far fewer teenagers would have developed an interest in making origami swans (“It’s a swan!” – thanks Hilltop Hoods). Kids of the ’90s wouldn’t have immediately followed each speccy with a yell of “MODRA” in the faces of their opponents. And there’s no doubt Paul Kelly’s head would’ve been cold in the clip for 'Love Never Runs On Time' if he weren’t wearing the cap emblazoned with the logo of his beloved Norwood Redlegs FC.

It was 21 years ago that Melbourne started a humble local footy match between music venues. This year, the community radio team (Megahertz) played against the rock & rollers (Rockdogs) in front of over 14,000 people and raised $100,000 for a great charity: Reclink Australia. Now it’s Adelaide’s turn to start a tradition we can all be proud of with the Adelaide Reclink Community Cup.

Our mates at Reclink engage the members of our community who are experiencing disadvantage through sports and music programs. They start footy leagues for homeless shelters, which give people something to live for. Remember the Choir of Hard Knocks on ABC? That was Reclink, changing people’s lives. Ever been to a remote indigenous footy game? That league is probably run by Reclink, who assist in running things that help whole communities feel good.

Last year, Reclink Australia was de-funded by the Federal Government to the tune of $500,000.

The inaugural Adelaide Reclink Cup will pit the Rockatoos (musicians) against the Adelaide Anchors (media) on 16 August at Coopers Stadium, Norwood, in what is expected to be a fumbly and hilarious family-friendly game – all to raise much-needed funds so that Reclink can keep doing their great work. Come down, cheer for your team and sing along to ‘that bit’ of 'Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again'.

– Koral Chandler.


The Adelaide Reclink Community Cup takes place at Coopers Stadium, 16 August.

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