TUMUT cricketers took on their Australian Defence Force counterparts in a match to raise funds for the RFS at Tumut Plains cricket field on Sunday.
In the end the Defence boys edged out the locals in the match, but the RFS and community spirit were the real winners on the day.
Good numbers turned up to watch the game, socialise and enter fundraising raffles.
Military vehicles were on display and youngsters had a ball climbing in and out of them.
John Whitley enhanced the entertainment with his running commentary, encouraging batsmen to hit sixes, as each one hit resulted in an extra donation to the RFS.
Liam Knowles of the ADF said it had been a rewarding day.
“I know that you have had a hard time, so I would like to thank both teams and everyone here for turning up and raising money for a great cause,” he said.
John Whitley spoke for many when he thanked the ADF personnel for playing in the match and for their work in the region.
“Thank you for coming here today and for everything you are doing,” he said.
“We have all had an awesome day, and every cent raised will go to the RFS. We are very appreciative and we would love to have you here again, hopefully in much happier circumstances.”
Awards were handed out after the match, and these included the best all-round player, for Gagandeep Singh (ADF), Daniel Thomas (Tumut) for not vomiting, Liam Knowles (ADF) for worst catch, Luke Armstrong (Tumut) for best bruise and Michaela Smith for saving her brand new car from getting clobbered by a cricket ball.