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Game on for lawyers


Cite as: (2007) 81(6) LIJ, p. 21

It may not yet match the rivalry of a Collingwood versus Carlton game, but the intensity is building ahead of the third annual Reclink Charity Football match at Punt Road Oval on 16 June.

Last year’s game at Whitten Oval raised about $18,000 for Reclink Charity, which aims to provide disadvantaged people with recreational and sporting opportunities.

Reclink board member and solicitor Hayden Legro said the aim this year was to raise $20,000 and build the “Barristers versus Solicitors” match into a professional charity event.

The Solicitors side has recruited ex-Hawk Nick Holland in an attempt to lay their hands on the Frank Galbally Cup.

Mr Legro said the Solicitors team would not be humiliated as it was last year, when it was forced to take on a couple of the Bar players to make the game more competitive.

“After a thrashing last year from the Barristers, we need to lift our game this year,” Mr Legro said.

Reclink – short for recreation link – was set up to coordinate sports and recreational opportunities for Melbourne’s homeless people with drug and alcohol problems or mental illness.

Reclink’s programs involve participants from more than 150 welfare agencies in Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo, as well as one exclusively for women.

Ex-St Kilda and Hawthorn’s four times premiership coach Allan Jeans will return again this year to coach the Solicitors side, with former Richmond coach and premiership player John Northey pencilled in to take over from Tom Hafey as coach of the Barristers team.

The main game will start at 1pm after a curtain-raiser from the Reclink Homeless Football League which now boasts 16 teams in two divisions.

To sponsor the event or to volunteer or indeed play, contact Hayden Legro at or Damian Harriss at

For more about the day, see


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