Hospital Staff, Ambulance Officials and Family groups are among a chorus of opposition rallying in protest, against the staging of the second annual Yarra OGFC Legends Match to be held at Doncaster Reserve on the 25th March.
Concern has been growing since it was realised the club was serious when it announced it would make last year’s event an annual occurrence. The 2016 match saw a range of injuries including four different type of torn muscles, dislocations and three individuals collapsing from exhaustion, one of whom was a trainer.
One angry wife speaking on behalf of a group of family’s against the match said “It’s sad that these middle-aged men still see the need to re-create their youth, its time they moved on, Football is a young mans sport, they are not young men.”
Also expressing concern was Ambulance Victoria spokesman Michael Brennan “So you are telling me that while people are dialling 000 with heart attacks and strokes we need to be keeping one eye out for a group of men with no conditioning, no training, and probably with hangovers wanting to play football.”
Despite the objections, the club remained defiant. “The game will go ahead” stated Head of Legends Football Ash Drew yesterday.
“Why wouldn’t it. Last year’s match was of an incredibly high standard, fast flowing and entertaining and most of our athletes were back at work by the following Wednesday.”
Kick off will be at 2pm Saturday 25th March, followed by a Seniors and Reserves practise match against Albert Park, Bar will be open all day and a jumping castle for the kids. All Welcome!