Reds ride into Tieri for charity challenge
SOCCER and rugby are two sports which don't usually meld well - unless it's for charity, of course.
The rival codes join forces in Tieri tomorrow for the Xstrata Coal versus BMA charity rugby union and soccer matches.
Players will be looking to turn on their best performances with Ben Tapuai, James Hanson and Sean Hardman from the Queensland Reds expected to be watching the action unfold from the sideline.
Accompanying the players to Tieri will be the Super Rugby trophy won by the Reds earlier this year.
While the company challenge is a first for the competing soccer teams, last year's rugby match raised more than $20,000 for charity.
This year's proceeds will be donated to Tieri's Local Ambulance Committee and that's a warming thought for committee treasurer Bree Carter.
"We are thrilled the Xstrata rugby team has chosen us," Bree said.
"We have some exciting plans including new equipment and the development of free first-aid courses at Tieri State School and within the community."
If Xstrata wins the rugby clash, BMA has pledged to donate a further $5000 to the Tieri Local Ambulance Committee.
Central Highlands' rugby juniors will kick off proceedings with representative matches from 2pm.
The soccer starts at 5pm, followed by the rugby main game at 7pm at Tieri's No.1 Oval.