No-one’s quite sure whether the prizemoney or the prestige is the bigger attraction but, whatever the case, the Mirrool Silo Kick keeps on, well, kicking.
It’s 23 years since Billy Brownless made the event famous, clearing the 32-metre structures at the first official Silo Kick, and this Saturday at Mirrool there’s a small fortune up for grabs, with $1500 for the winner.
The participants will range from an unknown visitor from Queensland who’s just lobbed into town, to two-time winner Adam Flagg returning from Adelaide to chase a hat-trick of victories.
Then there’s GWS Giant Jake Barrett who headlines the event not long after making his AFL debut.
“He’s not a huge kick, he’s more of an in-and-under player, but I’ll back Jakey, he’s a good kid,” Silo Kick President, Jason Bryce, said.
Local legend Rob Harper won’t be there to chase a ninth title after being selected in first grade for South Wagga’s opening game of the cricket season but Mitch Haddrill and Sam Fisher will lead the local challengers.
In total, there’s more than $3000 worth of prizemoney and trophies to be won, including $500 for your football club if you clear the silos in the team challenge.
But it’s primarily a family day out, with market stalls, gumboot throwing, kids football and netball challenges, as well as fundraising for the Cure for Motor Neurone Disease Foundation.
The event raised more than $4000 last year and Bryce hopes to exceed that contribution, with an Essendon jumper signed by the Danihers among the items to be auctioned for charity.
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