SWFL 2023: Swan Districts and Bunbury football clubs unite to raise money for Solaris Cancer Care

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Swan Districts’ Aiden Clarke with the ball during the Kalgoorlie-Boulder WAFL match
Camera IconSwan Districts’ Aiden Clarke with the ball during the Kalgoorlie-Boulder WAFL match Credit: Amber Lilley/Kalgoorlie Miner/RegionalHUB

Respected WAFL outfit Swan Districts will head to Bunbury’s Payne Park on Saturday afternoon for a game of football unlike any other.

Instead of lengthy meetings and a fierce desire to grab a victory, the most important aspect of the Swan Districts Metro v Bunbury/Swan Districts Country clash will not be anything related to on-field festivities.

Instead, both clubs will unite in their desire to raise funds for Solaris Cancer Care, with all proceeds from entry on the day and a post-game auction going towards this worthy cause.

Bunbury coach Jamie Nani told the South Western Times all Bulldogs players and officials were thrilled to get behind the event.

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“We have done it pretty well over the past couple years in terms of fundraising for those who are struggling (including club legend Scott Hough, who was diagnosed with MND in 2020),” he said.

“Swans were happy to jump on board and come down to help with the fundraising. It is not about getting a win — it is about what we can generate for people who need the dollars.”

A number of South West products have been recruited from Bunbury, Carey Park and South Bunbury to the “Black Ducks” via their country zone, including Nathan Ireland, Aiden Clarke, Matt Germs, Tobe Watson, Kade Wallrodt and Nathan Blakely.

Three other matches will be held earlier in the day, including a women’s clash between the Bulldogs and Harvey Bulls, along with a Bunbury v Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault colts fixture.

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