Football charity day raises $18,000

The COHOES, former Cobar and Ivanhoe rugby league players of all ages (including 84 year old Brad Wynd, second from left), after one of their Mini Masters games on Saturday at Tom Knight Memorial Oval.

The third annual COHOE Mini Masters charity football day on Saturday was once again a resounding success with $18,000 profit raised from the day which will go to the Cobar and Ivanhoe communities.

The COHOE team of former Cobar and Ivanhoe rugby league players has been playing together for a number of years at the Gold Coast Masters Rugby League tournaments and three years ago started what is now an annual Mini Masters tournament in Cobar.

The proceeds from the events have been going to charities and not for profit groups in both communities.

On Saturday the Old Boys played a couple of games to Masters Rules, the young Roosterettes Chicks took on the Half Plucked Hens in a League Tag game and junior players took part in a skills and drills session at Tom Knight Memorial Oval.

Following the games, a charity auction of football items and other collectable memorabilia was held at the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club.

A special tribute was also made to the late Dianne McLeod (one of the Cobar Roosters most vocal supporters and a “Mum” to many of the players) with a plaque presented to Di’s family and former player Jack Bugmy.

While organisers were somewhat disappointed that player numbers were down on last year’s event, they were however happy to see an increase of spectators at this year’s carnival.

Players will now decide which local charity and not for profit groups the $18,000 profit will be distributed to.