Rovers Football Club strikers have a crack at club goalie Chris Jones in preparation for the season ahead in which the club will donate $2 to Our Kids for every goal scored. Photo Dominic Feain / Northern Rivers Echo
Rovers Football Club strikers have a crack at club goalie Chris Jones in preparation for the season ahead in which the club will donate $2 to Our Kids for every goal scored. Photo Dominic Feain / Northern Rivers Echo Dominic Feain

Rovers kick goals for Our Kids

THE shots-on-goal were flying thick and fast last week as members of East Lismore's Rovers Football Club prepared for this season's fundraiser with a difference.

The club has promised $2 to local charity Our Kid's for every goal scored in the senior competitions this season, and club goalie Chris Jones felt the full force of that pledge at practice.

The Rovers' first female president, Vicki Bugden, and the club's event manager, Scott 'Sticks' Murphy, came up with the idea of 'Kicking Goals for Our Kids' as a way to support the charity that supports sick kids.

"The Club's strong family connections is one of the reasons why we would like to give something back to the local charity Our Kids," said Ms Bugden.

"The Rovers Football Club will donate $2 for every goal scored in any senior men or women's games held this year."

All the senior men and women teams are participating and there is also the possibility of fielding five or six senior men teams and two senior women teams.

Last year Rovers Football Club scored a total of 312 goals across all senior men and women divisions, which equates to $624 just for putting the ball into the back of the net.

"The Rovers have prolific goal scorers everywhere like ex 'Golden Boot Winners, Tim Sheridan, Troy Matthews and Coach Matthew Olley and down to sixth grade striker, Josh Oliver (the big Marn). In the women we have Abbie Heffernan and Sarah Flower always scoring goals, so the money to be raised looks like Our Kids will score," Ms Bugden said.


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