THE Fluoros vs Flowerdale Cricket Match and Family Fun Day raised a massive $20,900 for the Flowerdale community.
The match on Sunday November 8 at the picturesque Hume & Hovell Cricket Ground at Strath Creek involved workers who have spent some months in Flowerdale clearing roadsides after the bushfires in a social cricket match against locals.
The game was a relaxed one with the “Fluoros” – named for the shirts they wear – going down to the local side 88 to 105.
Unofficial awards went to Fluoro Matty who took the catch of the day – a one hander with a beer in the other; FlowerdaleTim for two juggling catches and Flowerdale’s Yak for the highest score of the day with 23.
The day included an auction of some impressive items such as a cricket bat signed by the Australian team, raffles, Luke’s animal nursery, reptiles and other animals from The Haven Wildlife shelter, and a stilt walker.
Proceeds of the day will be shared between the Flowerdale Kindergarten, Flowerdale Tennis Club, Flowerdale Cricket Club, Flowerdale Tool Shed and Flowerdale and Strath Creek CFA brigades.
Flowerdale Kindergarten spokeswoman Chrissy Grant said the day was enjoyed by all, with great support and rapport between the community and the workers who had assisted the Flowerdale community over the past few months and their friends and families.
“I can’t stress enough how much we appreciate their assistance and the support they’ve given us,” Chrissy said.
Flowerdale cricketers team spokesman, Chris Emmins, thanked the organisers, Flowerdale Hotel publican Steve Phelan and Chris Hooben for the day.
“It was a great day and we all enjoyed and appreciate the huge support the roadies and their friends and families have given us,” Chris said.
Flowerdale Tennis Club president Jeannette Kamar thanked the organisers and the sponsors.
“They’ve been very generous and supportive of the Flowerdale community and this was really appreciated by all who attended.
Bunnings Thomastown store organised a team to provide a barbecue for the crowd which was estimated at 250. Local Glen Spalding donated the super barbecue for the day.
Kookaburra provided cricket gloves for the children and provided fluoro cricket balls for the day.
Other generous sponsors were Roadside Care & Maintenance, Anglopac Construction Group, A& L Traffic, Arborco, Bartletts Work Management, Flowerdale Hotel, Australian Hotels Association, HostPlus, Sunbury Bus Lines, Coates Hire, LKR Constructions, Nu Trans Transport, S & B Automotive, Auslec & Ross Fawkner.