Canning cross-town rivals to compete for MND Cup

Canning South Perth Football Club players Joe Dunn, Aaron Carroll, Michel Jabbour and Troy Wilson.
Canning South Perth Football Club players Joe Dunn, Aaron Carroll, Michel Jabbour and Troy Wilson.

CANNING South Perth and the Queens Park-based SNESA will have something bigger than pride and points to play for when they take to the field on Saturday afternoon.

The football clubs will play for the MND Cup, a biannual awareness and fundraiser match for Motor Neurone Disease.

On top of what is expected to be a tight, hard-fought match between the two sides, the day will also include merchandise sales and collection tins, while a percentage of the bar and canteen proceeds will also be donated.

Canning South Perth committee member Joe Dunn said the disease has affected a number of club members and was something they had all become passionate about.

“Our previous president, Jeff Poultney, lost his father to MND and we also have a past player whose father is currently suffering from the disease,” he said.

“Besides the personal connection with Jeff and his family, we have a long-standing rivalry with SNESA so bragging rights are important, but there is also a sense of pride you get when you’re out there playing for a cause.

“Sporting clubs obviously wouldn’t exist without the support of their community and council so this is just one small way that the footy club can give back and support its community.”

The MND Cup is now in its third year with SNESA taking out 2018’s first leg 85-75.

The MND Cup match between Canning South Perth and SNESA will be held at Wyong Reserve, Bentley from 2.30pm on July 21.