‘SOCK it to MND’ round will hold a lot more meaning to Wagga Tigers defender Harvey Daniher than the average player across AFL Riverina on Saturday.
Daniher was in Melbourne on Monday walking alongside his uncle Neale from Federation Square to the MCG as part of ‘Big Freeze 3’.
Neale Daniher has been the inspiration behind Australia's most successful fundraising campaign for MND research for the past couple of years.
On Saturday, Riverina, Farrer and Hume Leagues will join in the fight by wearing special blue and white socks as part of their inaugural ‘Sock it to MND’.
“It will be good fun,” Harvey said.
“It’s good for the community to get around it. It’s gone that they have done it the week after the Big Freeze when everyone knows about it, and the people who don’t know about it, the message will spread to them as well, which is good.”
Daniher said his entire family is grateful for the football community’s support.
“I’m grateful for everyone getting around Neale, and it’s not just Neale, it’s every MND sufferer,” Harvey said.
“Everyone’s getting together and every donation counts. Hopefully we can find a cure soon, not only for Neale, but for everyone else.”
The Sock it to MND round will double as the first meeting of the season for traditional arch-rivals, Wagga Tigers and Turvey Park.
Daniher, only in his second year at Tigers, does not know too much about the history. One thing he is sure about is the importance of Saturday’s clash at Robertson Oval.
“I don’t really know too much about it but I know it’s a pretty big game for us, and Turvey as well,” he said.
“If they can get a win over one of the top sides then it will be pretty big for them and their finals chances.
“We need to win this game to keep our momentum going into the Collingullie game next week.”
Daniher, 19, was part of Tigers premiership team last year and has stepped up to hold down full-back this season.
“It’s good, I’m enjoying it a fair bit,” he said.
“Our backline is really tight, we’re all best mates and know each other’s game, which makes it a lot easier.”
Meantime, Tumbarumba teenager Steve Hoffman will make his senior debut for Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes against Griffith on Saturday.
Hoffman is in his first year at the Goannas and has been named on a half-forward flank.
Also on Saturday, Jimmy Wild will play his 350th game for Collingullie-Glenfield Park in reserve grade against Narrandera at Crossroads Oval.