By Martin Vedris
SYDNEY: LG & Harvey Norman Celebrity Challenge was declared a success on and off the field as local SA sporting media celebrities took part in a match to help raise funds for Karma for Kids, a charity raising money for the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Cardiology Department.
The match provided an appetiser to the Adelaide United FC v Queensland Roar match. On display were some of Adelaide’s most recognised names in the sporting media as well as representatives from Adelaide United FC major sponsors and United Chairman Dario Fontanarosa.
The teams were led by United Coach Aurelio Vidmar and Assistant Coach Phil Stubbins, After each player walked onto Hindmarsh Stadium with a child from Hearts Kids SA, radio personality and referee for the day Ken (KG) Cunningham got proceedings under way all in the name of fun.
Adelaide Crows legend Darren Jarman scored a penalty to add to his hat trick from last year’s event while Mix 102.3’s Jodie Blewett backed up her big pre game talk, also finding the back of the net for Stubbins’ eleven.
Fox Sports reporter Tom Chadwick did his best to impress Vidmar and secure a possible future signing as he made dashing runs forward and managed to put the ball past Channel 9 reporter and Stubbins XI goal keeper Corey Norris, who was rarely called upon other than to pick the ball out of his own net.
The match finished 3-3 but after it was alleged the scoreboard attendant was incorrect, Stubbins claimed the win 4-3.
The match raised $7,000 for Karma for Kids while the charity was also the recipient of a Plasma television worth $2,500.