Boomers don James McQuillan's sash

BOOMERS will become Tigers for a day as the Glen Park club throws its weight behind the James McQuillan Future Fund.

Teams from under-11 to seniors will play in a hybrid jumper in support of the Albury footballer who was left a quadriplegic in an on-field incident two months ago.

Boomers have targeted the round 16 clash with Wodonga Diamonds on July 13 for the event.

It will be the second pivotal clash for Boomers in a week, with a top of the table game against ladder leaders Twin City scheduled for the week before.

Boomers will wear the Tigers’ black with a yellow sash, with white and red on the sleeves.

“We come from different codes but we are all part of the one community,” Boomers committee man Rodney Claxton said.

“If it happened to one of our kids I would have no doubt we would get support from the Tigers.

“From under-11s through to our senior teams will wear a tribute playing strip.

“All players will donate to the future fund through the purchase of their own one off playing strip — that they will also keep.

“With the two cross-border soccer powerhouses Boomers FC and Wodonga Diamonds playing, the day will draw a large crowd, but we hope that supporters of all football codes will come to Glen Park to support the day.”

Claxton said the idea also had the support of AWFA and Diamonds.

“We have been working on this since the incident with James,” he said.

“The association had to approve our strip and we wanted to pick a game that carried some weight, where we could unite both sides of the Border for this cause.

“The referees have also agreed to wear their yellow strips to avoid any clashes on the day.

“Diamonds, too, have come on board and are encouraging their supporters to travel to Glen Park on the day and make a contribution to helping James.

“It will be a great game between two of the best teams in the competition, but we want to make it a family day and at the same time raise awareness about these injuries.

“We have the Hogs Breath mascot, seen at the V8 Supercars, coming along and a lots of other things planned.”