Fair Play 9

Wow... another spectacular day - and another fantastic Fair Play event!!

Heaps of fun had by all - players, spectators, volunteers, kids, staff... and an incredible competition won by Raba United, beating Richmond Rangers in the final!! Over $3,500 was raised towards soccer programs for under priveleged kids in Cambodia and here in Melbourne.
 

Blessed with fantastic weather once again.. Fair Play expanded to 20 teams for the first, welcoming back many regulars, as well as a City of Yarra team, and new boys Vic Police and The Metropolitan Fire Brigade....

Against the backdrop of the final touches to the new look Vic Park, it promised to be an excellent day.

The group games went like this....

Group 1
MFB 0 Vic Police 2
Richmond Rangers 2 Wed Night Allstars 0
MFB 1 Richmond Rangers 6
Vic Police 4 Wed Night Allstars 2
MFB 2 Wed Night Allstars 4
Vic Police 1 Richmond Rangers 4

Group 2
Morning Star 3 Busted Units 0
PBS/RRR 1 Carlton Ninjas 6
Morning Star 6 PBS/RRR 1
Busted Units 2 Carlton Ninjas 0
Morning Star 6 Carlton Ninjas 2
Busted Units 3 PBS/RRR 1

Group 3
Raba Utd 5 Rising Sun 1
The Cheats 0 Amistad 5
Raba Utd 7 The Cheats 0
Rising Sun 3 Amistad 3
Raba Utd 3 Amistad 1
Rising Sun 11 The Cheats 2

Group 4
Bendigo Bank 3 The Troublemeakers 2
Leathernecks 1 3065 1
Bendigo Bank 2 Leathernecks 1
The Troublemeakers 4 3065 4
Bendigo Bank 1 3065 2
The Troublemeakers 2 Leathernecks 4

Group 5
City of Yarra 3 ACE 2
Shadowfax 2 Collingwood Allstars 3
City of Yarra 1 Shadowfax 4
ACE 0 Collingwood Allstars 2
City of Yarra 5 Collingwood Allstars 5
ACE 1 Shadowfax 5

Quarter Finals
Ricnmond Rangers 1 Bendigo Bank 1 (Rangers 3-1 pens)
Raba Utd 3 Shadowfax 3
Morning Star 0 Vic Police 1
Collingwood Allstars 4 Busted Units 1

Semi-Finals
Richmond Rangers 5 Collingwood Allstars 3
Raba Utd 2 Vic Police 0

Final
Richmond Rangers 2 Raba Utd 4

The Mayor of The City of Yarra presents FP9 winners Raba Utd with the Jinta Fair Play Trophy

The winners received 8 tickets to catch Melbourne Victory play Perth Glory on Sat Nov 20th and an invitation to head down to a training session at AAMI Park Stadium, to watch the players and get a tour of the venue!! 
A huge thank you to Melbourne Victory for this fantastic prize.

Raba United also received a slab of Coopers, and a trophy and medals coutrtesy of Jinta Sports.

For the runners up there was a slab of Coopers and medals courtesy of Jinta Sports, while the best of pitch in the final received an incredible $200 in a bank account at Bendigo Bank! this was won by the goalkeeper from the Richmond Rangers team.

Check out the photos here on Flickr and Facebook

Firstly a MASSIVE THANK YOU goes to:
Bendigo Bank (Clifton HIll/Nth Fitzroy) for overall sponsorship and heaps of support
The City of Yarra for providing the venue and facilities and support with other issues
Jinta Sports for the trophy, medals, balls, bibs etc and pitch sponsorship
Collingwood Rotary for pitch sponsorship and volunteers
Melbourne Victory FC for the sensational prizes
Coopers for the huge beer donation

ALSO a MASSIVE THANK YOU to:
Futsaloon5 for donating the goals
Splitrock for the water and more
Rent The Rig for the sound system
Collin Simms for the commuinity board advertising
Hellas Printing for the posters and flyers
FutsalOz for the referees

Billy Hyde for the PA on the stage
Plakkit for all the promo work
Bargo for the mobile bar
Football Federation Victoria for the footballs
Metropolitan Fire Brigade for the marquees and sponsoring the West Papuan team
Department of Human Services for sponsoring the 3065 team
Neighbourhood Justice Centre for sponsoring the Victoria Police team
 
AND to:
The DJs...Paz, Chris Gill, Vince Peach, Ennio Styles, Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos) and Agent 86 for their funky grooves...
and The Upstanding Members, Wilderbeast and Matt Kelly for their performances on the Community Stage.

THANKS also to all supporters of the Monster raffle:
Shine On Festival, Bopha Devi Cambodian Restaurant, Melbourne Victory FC, King Kahuna beanbags, PBSFM, Bebida Cafe, Coopers, Palookaville Bar & Restaurant, Happy Herbs

and Collingwood Football Club and Collingwood Rotary for the silent auction items, a signed guernsey, and a Grand Final banner!

And of course all the volunteers who helped us on the day!!

No one made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Edmund Burke, Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 - 1797)