Masters footy stars take to park in Geraldton as Batavia Mariners host carnival

Headshot of Lisa Favazzo
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Brad Fehlauer in pursuit of James Pluschke.
Camera IconBrad Fehlauer in pursuit of James Pluschke. Credit: Liam Beatty/Geraldton Guardian, Liam Beatty

Masters footy stars played with the timeless style of a pair of old blue jeans, filling up the bench seats at Geraldton’s GBSC Sports Park on Saturday afternoon.

The masters carnival was a ripper, raising more money than any other years in its 18-year history. Voices from the teams say this will help fund jerseys, new footballs, bus trips and family-friendly footy fun.

First up on Saturday, the Northampton Rams took on the Batavia Mariners, bouncing down at 1.45 pm. Then, the Geraldton Mighty Blue tried their luck against the Dongara Eagles, starting their game at 3.30 pm.

Carol, Dusty, 11, Dakota, 9, Heidi, 7, and Sally Hammerquist.
Camera IconCarol, Dusty, 11, Dakota, 9, Heidi, 7, and Sally Hammerquist. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

Committee member Brad Fehlauer thanked the community for their support, saying hundreds of people dropped in over the carnival. “The silent auction was a big hit and there were kids running around everywhere... a lot of people came down to support,” he said. The “older” blokes who play Masters Footy, ranging in age from 35-65, don’t care much for keeping score. Instead, they focus on their love of the game, their community, and each other.

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Mr Fehlauer said doing away with scorekeeping helped prevent injuries, creating a safer space for fun gameplay.

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