We’ve been very Sydney focused this week at PN Towers, and we’re not quite finished yet. We kicked off the week ruminating about the Harbor City’s unique relationship with footy, spent Wednesday night in the company of Jude Bolton and Urthboy at the Vic on the Park, and now look forward with breathless anticipation to the third annual Reclink Community Cup, Sydney style, this coming Sunday the 17th of August.
If you’re a footy fan, a lover of rock and roll, hip hop, jazz, sadcore, ryhthmic dancing, body percussion – okay, too much – or any other form of contemporary music, the Community Cup is basically the realisation of every single one of your dreams coming true, blended together and served piping hot on a football field in Marrickville. Another way of looking at it is that two teams comprising fitness challenged musicians (Western Walers) take on another team made up of puffing journalists and radio types (Sydney Sailors), all in the name of a good time and charity. We’re lucky enough to have the founder of the Cup and all round great man Jason ‘Evo’ Evans in town to ensure that the spirit of the Cup is transplanted effectively to the surprisingly-bigger-than-it-looks-once-you’re-out-there field Henson Park in beautiful downtown Marrickville.
The Community Cup is already a massive and wonderful annual event in Melbourne that draws the kind of crowd that many professional sports would love to see at their grounds. We won’t mention names. In Sydney, the Cup is still in it’s infancy, so whilst the crowds aren’t quite at 1960’s VFA levels just yet, there is a beautiful country footy atmosphere at the ground, right there in the heart of the inner west. If you get there early enough, you can drive the Kingswood right into the car park by the boundary, set yourself up on the grassy slope, watch kids roll down the hill, enjoy some kick to kick on the ground, and generally partake in some proper grass roots footy ambience whilst a bunch of big-hearted lovers of a kick run around for a couple of hours.
The stakes are high this coming Sunday. Having won the inaugural match in 2012 before following up again last year, the Sydney Sailors are looking to pull off that rarest of footballing birds, the three-peat. Training sessions in the lead up this year however suggest that a steely resolve burns in the hearts and minds of the Western Walers to ensure that pride is restored – or perhaps established – in the Walers’ jumper. In terms of quality, imagine the classic Swans v Eagles Grand Finals of the mid 2000’s and you’re somewhere in the right zone.
If you’re in Sydney, love footy, music and parking right up at the fence, then in the name of all that is good and right, get along to a game that will, in all likelihood be played at a notch or two above AFL standard*. It’s going to be a beautiful day in the Harbour City.
*Artisans Friendship League
SYDNEY RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP
WESTERN WALERS v SYDNEY SAILORS
HENSON PARK, MARRICKVILLE
12.00PM: GATES OPEN
12:45PM: NEWTOWN JUNIOR SWANS AUSKICK
2:00PM: BATTLE COMMENCES
5.30PM: REPAIR TO VIC ON THE PARK TO COMPARE INJURIES & RE-HYDRATE