Daniher's Drive proves a big success as hundreds attend Sportspeople's night in Wagga

RIVERINA ROYALTY: Wayne Carey, Paul Kelly and Laurie Daley enjoy the Daniher's Drive Sportspeople's night at Kildare Catholic College on Thursday. Picture: Matt Malone
RIVERINA ROYALTY: Wayne Carey, Paul Kelly and Laurie Daley enjoy the Daniher's Drive Sportspeople's night at Kildare Catholic College on Thursday. Picture: Matt Malone

A PACKED house of about 500 people were entertained by Riverina’s own sporting legends at the Daniher’s Drive Sportspeople’s Night in Wagga on Thursday night.

Wayne Carey, Paul Kelly and Laurie Daley were the stars of the show as about 360 visitors arrived in Wagga to end day one of the Daniher’s Drive with a function at Kildare Catholic College.

There were big names everywhere, with Shane Watson and Meg Lanning also speaking, while all four Daniher brothers and a host of ex-AFL players were in the crowd.

Laurie Daley was happy to get behind the fight against Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

“It’s great to support the Daniher drive, the amount of money they have raised and the awareness is fantastic,” Daley said.

"Neale is an inspiration, and obviously a legend of AFL, and it’s great to get back here in the Riverina and make people aware of it and hopefully find a cure for this bloody insidious disease.”

Wayne Carey was happy to return home to Wagga for the first time in about 18 months.

“It’s always good to drive from the airport and have a look around. It brings back a lot of memories obviously,” Carey said.

“It’s always good to get home, you never forget where you came from and it’s obviously a great cause.”

Daley, Carey and Paul Kelly provided great entertainment when interviewed by Ian Cohen.

Watson and Lanning were also interviewed earlier in the night.

Auctions and a raffle on the night raised further funds for Fight MND.

The Daniher’s Drive left Wagga on Friday morning and stopped at Osborne for morning tea.