Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

City Records Special Victory; Opposing Players Put Their Bodies on the Line in Honour of War Heroes

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

City Records Special Victory; Opposing Players Put Their Bodies on the Line in Honour of War Heroes

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Nic Falconer

nic.falconer@dailymecury.com.au

AUSSIE RULES: City held on in the heat of a real battle to overcome a resurgent Country in their Aussie rules clash at Harrup Park oval.

Both teams fought as though their lives depended on it, but it was City running out winners yesterday, 11.16 (82) to 9.5 (59).

aItas a big privilege to play on days like today so we are very lucky,a said Country coach Gary Downes.

aI spoke to the boys about that before the game and told them I needed some of them to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the team and it turned out to be a good team effort.a

The battle was won in the first quarter with the onslaught of goals by City, though Country held firm until the end.

City shot off to a quick start scoring 6.6 in the first quarter to Countryas 2.0 and the damage was done.

aI take my hat off to those Country boys, they really came back at us in that second half, but today is more about learning the meaning of sacrifice, and why we are able to live in this magnificent country,a Downes said. …

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