Football. Former AFL great Terry Daniher will be in Smithton at the weekend and the community is invited to come along and meet him.
Scotchtown Football Club has secured the visit, sponsored by WorkSafe Tas and AFL Tasmania, during Saturday’s home game against Irishtown.
The ‘Match of the Month’ initiative sees six matches across the state promoted with a visit from a former player to highlight the importance of football for local communities.
Scotchtown FC president Mark “Shorty” Jenkins said he expects it’s “going to be a good day”.
“Everybody’s pretty happy that we got Terry Daniher . . . he was a jewel [of a player].”
Daniher is an Australian Football Hall of Fame member, and according to Essendon Football Club’s website, started his career as a full-forward then moved up the ground to the half-forward line. He is renowned for his strong leading, great marking and accurate kicking.
“Anyone can come down to the ground and meet Terry,” Jenkins said, particularly encouraging families along.
“It’ll be a family day with activities for kids including face painting, balloon artistry [and more].”
An invite-only luncheon is also being organised for the day, with life members, club sponsors, councillors and other community members attending.
“A few people [I know] have been to functions he’s been at – they said he’s very funny,” Jenkins said.
“I’m going to get a few of the U17 boys to do the waiting on the tables. They did a Mothers’ Day luncheon for us earlier in the year and they did a good job.”
Due to this, there will be a change to the day’s fixture which will see U17s play at 9.30am followed by U14s at 11.20am, Reserves at 12.20pm and Seniors at 2pm.
An AFL jumper will be presented to the best player on each side of the Seniors game, with a third jumper to be auctioned off.
The Essendon premiership captain is also expected to stay on for question time following the luncheon and toss the coin to start-off the Seniors game.
Scotchtown Football Club is hosting a free community gala day on Saturday August 1 at Smithton Recreation Ground with Terry Daniher as the guest of honour.