It might be seen as friendly rivalry for a good cause, but there’s no doubting the competitive nature of the annual Macarthur Football Association City versus Country event.
“Yes, it most certainly is a bit of a grudge match when these two teams meet every year,’’ says Salv Carmusciano, the general manager of the association.
“The players really take winning bragging rights seriously and of course they know that if they get a yellow or red card it counts when they go back to their M-League teams,’’ he says.
Since 2010 the City v Country charity event has become a showcase of the best local male and female talent in the M-League, the premier local competition in the Macarthur region.
Coaches of the grand finalists of the previous year are given the job of preparing the City and Country teams.
Mr Carmusciano says the blue team, City, contains players from clubs in the Campbelltown local government, while red team, Country, represents Camden and Wollondilly.
“What this special event does is bring clubs and the community together for one night of the year,’’ says Carmusciano.
Football is of course a hot topic around these parts since the establishment of the Macarthur FC Bulls A-League franchise, and it is hoped representatives of the new entity will be able to attend the 2019 City v Country on Saturday, June 8.
As for the fans who attend it will be gold coin entry fee, with proceeds going to one of the great charities of the region, the Kids of Macarthur Foundation.
Denise McGrath, the chief executive officer of the foundation, is hoping as many football fans as possible make the trek to Lynwood Park on June 8.
“We appreciate what the Macarthur Football Association is doing for us and we hope this great event is well supported by the local community,’’ Mrs McGrath said.
City v Country women will kick off at 5pm, followed by the men’s clash at 7:30pm on Saturday, June 8.