Jacks duo selected in NPL squad for Bushfire Charity match

Jacks duo selected in NPL squad for Bushfire Charity match

Posted on January 13, 2020 in 'News'

The WA football community will come together next week for a charity match as large areas of the country continue to battle bushfires.

Football West is working closely with other Member Federations and Football Federation Australia on a number of initiatives to raise funds and support the community through these difficult times.

The game between an NPL All Stars XI and a State League All Stars XI will take place at Perth SC’s Dorrien Gardens on Saturday, January 18, with a 7pm kick off. Football West will donate money from the event to Rural Aid as part of the Football For Fire-Affected Farmers, their Families And Communities initiative.

Jacks duo Johnny Perkins and Shane Cassidy are in the NPL squad for the game and Perkins said he is delighted to play his part in the game.  “It’s a real privilege to be part of a great cause at such a hard time for so many people,” he said. “Obviously the game is an exhibition but being NPL vs State League, it should be entertaining and hopefully it can attract a lot of people and donations.”

The footage of the fires has been heartbreaking, and Perkins said it’s a chance for the Football family to come together and support the game. “The videos have been devastating to see, both for the people and the wildlife, it’s been surreal,” the Jacks skipper said.

“The money that has been raised through various charities so far is incredible and a real testament to the Australian people and its sense of community. The Football community is great at working together in difficult times and this week will be no different I’m sure, and hopefully the exhibition can raise a great donation.”

Like Perkins defender Shane Cassidy said it’s a great cause. “It’s a great cause and Johnny and I are looking forward to it,” he said.  “The sports world is getting behind this disaster, and the likes of Shane Warne, Ashley Barty and Venessa Williams to name a few of the sports stars who are doing their thing to raise money for the cause. Anything we can raise on Saturday is great, and I hope the WA football family get out and support the game.”

Football West CEO James Curtis said it was an opportunity for WA football to offer its support in time of adversity. “You can’t help but be moved by the devastation from the fires over east and the challenging conditions in parts of WA,” Curtis said. “Our hearts go out to everyone affected by these fires, which are unprecedented. We want to provide our support for those affected.”

Football West would like to thank the players, clubs, presidents, match officials and standing committee members who have got behind the initiative. Admission for the match will be by donation while there will also be a prize raffle.