Students put rivalry aside for two worthy causes

Nanjing Night Net

LAUNCESTON Church Grammar School and Scotch Oakburn College did not exactly set aside their rivalry on Saturday, but at least they channelled it for a good cause.

Scotch Oakburn’s Newstead oval played host to two football matches in a Rivalry-for-a-Reason event that raised $3200.

A girls’ team and boys’ team from each school played matches to raise funds for their schools’ respective international projects.

Scotch Oakburn is helping to build a boarding school in Timor Leste and Launceston Church Grammar School supports a Save the World Foundation effort in Nepal.

A carnival atmosphere prevailed as the first teams took to the ground, neither being in the least put off as the public address system blared out Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust.

For the record, Grammar won the girls’ match 4.10 (34) to 4.0 (24) and Scotch Oakburn the boys’ match 19.12 (126) to 15.11 (101).

Scotch Oakburn principal Andrew Barr said that full credit had to go to the schools’ senior students for organising the fund-raiser.

“It’s an idea of Scotch Oakburn students, who involved Grammar, and there was a great feeling of collaboration between the two schools,” Mr Barr said.

Grammar school captain Peter Archer said that similar events had happened in the past, but not for a while.

“They came to us looking for a girls’ football match and we thought it would be a great idea as well as the boys’ match,” Peter said.

Chloe Ranicar and Diana Taylor were among the Scotch Oakburn students collecting money at the event and spent the day selling admission tickets at the entrance to the oval.

The host school retains about 65 per cent of the money raised for its charity and the visitors 35 per cent, a ratio that will work in Grammar’s favour when it hosts a rematch next year.

Grammar girls’ team captains Rose Sauer and Danni Pickett and Scotch Oakburn captains Danielle Crosswell and Kathleen Deboer at Saturday’s fund-raising football match. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

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