SIMON Madden didn’t have to be asked twice.
When plans were hatched to host a tribute game for Merv Neagle, the AFL Hall of Famer jumped at the opportunity chance to support the family of a fallen Essendon teammate.
Neagle was killed in a truck accident almost a year ago and a fund-raising match for his family will be played at Albury Sportsground tomorrow night.
Madden will coach one of the teams.
“We played in a premiership together so you have to do something,” the Essendon great said yesterday.
“The footy community is one that comes together pretty easily.
“It’s a great concept.
“I was up there a few weeks ago and it’s a great part of the world.”
Madden, who recently had his games record at Windy Hill equalled by Dustin Fletcher, said the Neagle family needed the community’s support.
“It would be the same for a lot of people in that situation,” Madden said.
“When something left-field comes along, a lot of people don’t have all their affairs in order with insurance and super.
“It puts a huge pressure on the family.
“Teenage kids cost a lot to bring up.”
Many AFL greats, such as Brendan Fevola, Terry Daniher and Peter “Spida” Everitt, will play.
A stack of big local names, too, such as former Wodonga Raiders’ ace Gavin Chesser and Heath Naughton are in the teams.
It’s all in the name of charity, but Madden said there would be no holds barred come game time.
“Once they get out on the field we will be going for a win,” Madden said.
“I’ve already started on my team tactics and the inspirational half-time speech.
“I’ve got to get that winners speech sorted, too.”
The match kicks off just after 6.30pm.
Entry is just $5 and all profits will go to the Neagle family.