Gala day on Sunday

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Gala day on Sunday

An important date on the Millicent sporting calendar for hundreds of young footballers and netballers falls on May 19.

Players and spectators will gather at McLaughlin Park and keep alive a tradition which began in the early 1970s at Tantanoola as a fundraiser for the town’s school.

Re-named the Millicent District Gala Day in 2013, the event organisers are members of McLaughlin Park Sports Incorporated (MPSI).

It starts mid-morning with netball and football competitions for primary school students from around the region.

As before, smaller schools from across the region will field combined football and netball teams.

Footballers compete for the prestigious Con Brown Memorial Shield which honours the memory of the late Tantanoola footballer.

From its earliest days, organisers have stated the Gala Day carnival depends on its success by the involvement of many people including schools, coaches, parents and the young players while fun and participation are the aims.

MPSI draws its members from the football, netball, tennis, cricket, soccer and basketball clubs and associations which use McLaughlin Park.

Gate fees of $5 per vehicle apply and funds are also raised by sales from catering and the proceeds of a raffle.

The first prize is a year’s supply of toilet paper donated by the KCA Millicent Mill.

Other local firms donate team shields, medallions and raffle prizes.

The Gala Day is scheduled to finish with presentations in the “tin shed” at 3pm.

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