Beat goes on with match

The Westside Warriors will be hyped up and ready to hop as they tackle the Eastside Kings for the Robert Hunter Cup. Picture: Marcus Whisson d427350
The Westside Warriors will be hyped up and ready to hop as they tackle the Eastside Kings for the Robert Hunter Cup. Picture: Marcus Whisson d427350

More than 60 Australian hip-hop artists will ditch their microphones and put on footy boots to honour Hunter, who was known in Australian hip-hop circles as MC Hunter and lost his battle with cancer in October 2011.

His second love after hip-hop was AFL, supporting the Fremantle Football Club and East Perth Football Club.

Friend and Dianella artist Paul Deej said the idea for the event came from a kick-to-kick among friends and soon turned into an event, with Victorian side the Eastside Kings taking on WA side the Westside Warriors.

‘After Hunter’s passing, his friends from Melbourne met up for a barbecue and a kick of the footy near the Melbourne Cricket Ground,’ he said.

‘Hunter was a big footy and Freo Dockers fan.

‘From this they had the idea to invite Robert’s friends and peers to Melbourne for a charity football game to raise money for Make-A-Wish.

‘The last two years we have raised a total of $57,000 and we hope to add another $25,000 to that total this year; we are already more than halfway.’

This year the Westside Warriors are looking to get one back after being defeated by the Kings two years straight.

‘This is the third and final Robert Hunter Cup, and the first one to be played in Perth,’ he said.

‘On the day you can expect a hyped-up team from WA ready to avenge the last two years’ defeats, and finally bring the Cup home for good.

‘We are hoping for a big crowd; it should be a great day for the family to watch ‘Australian Hip Hop’s finest’ go head to head.’

Bounce down is from 2pm. All proceeds of the game will go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. For more information, visit www.roberthuntercup.com.