Football clubs combine forces to help fire victims

LOCAL football clubs have dug deep this week to lend their support to a family that lost everything in a devastating house fire.

While Coutts Crossing second graders enjoyed a new-look playing strip and five home games were played at Warjard Park, committee members learned that the Douglas family had lost all their possessions in a house fire at nearby Shannondale.

The call went out for donations and David from Coutts Tavern answered with a substantial donation.

The South Services Gunners and Coutts Cougars clubs combined to match the donation and a flood of other support followed.

Earlier, the Coutts Crossing under-8s and 10/11s received great crowd support in their matches at Warjard Park while the under-14s continued to show signs of improvement.

In third grade, Coutts Crossing downed Grafton City in a close encounter.

The second-grade team also scored a win, eclipsing the Gunners 2-0.

Sporting a new strip, courtesy of sponsors Coutts Tavern and Carlsberg, the home side started strongly.

A downpour then provided the players with some respite from the heat but it was short-lived with the two teams trading opportunities.

The Cougars eventually took the lead after converting from the spot.

A second goal followed to complete the win.

After the game, players and supporters headed to the Coutts Tavern for the presentation.

It was there that the Tavern's generosity became apparent, their efforts outshining any of the earlier performances.

Anyone who can provide assistance for the Murphy family, please get in touch with a committee member of the Coutts Football Club and they will point you in the right direction.



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