Footy colours for the farmers

By Riverine Herald

MURRAYVALE Aged Care residents and their friends and families recently donned team colours and gathered together for a footy day.

In addition to celebrating the lead up to the AFL grand final, the day raised $120 for farmers doing it tough across Australia.

‘‘We thought we’d have everyone donate a gold coin towards the farmers,’’ organiser Sheree Schwencke said.

‘‘It’s really important to support our farmers as without them and the truck drivers we don’t have any food.’’

Murrayvale’s top tippers were also celebrated on the day, with Kerry Phillips and Geoff Chivers tying for first prize.

Kerry is a diehard Hawthorn supporter, while Geoff has years of first-hand game experience, recruited for St Kilda in 1959, playing several practice matches for Collingwood as well.

Their secret to tipping?

It all comes down to luck.

‘‘Just follow how games are going,’’ Kerry said.

‘‘But in my opinion it’s just a spot of luck.’’

The two champion tippers were presented with trophies and had their names engraved on a new plaque to be displayed for years to come in the Murrayvale foyer.