Merv, Spider tackle the big issues

YOU mightn't think there's are lot chaotic cricketer Merv Hughes and Australian rules renegade Peter “Spider” Everitt have in common.

Sure, they've both been professional athletes, and both were characters of their respective codes, but did you know Hughes was actually a talented footballer?

Perhaps just as equally renowned for his legendary sledges and safe hands around a schooner glass as his athletic ability, many people don't realise Hughes was a genuine all-rounder.

Hughes played around 90 games for Werribee in the VFL before turning his attention to cricket. By all accounts, in football, big Merv had a motor to match his mouth.

So what would have happened had Everitt ran into Hughes?

Well, you can ask them yourself next Friday (February 11).at Coolangatta Tweed Heads AFC when the pair team up in a fundraising effort for the border's premier football club.

“Spider is now a local celebrity and needs no intro and Merv is obviously known to all; they're both great blokes and having them at our footy club is a great bonus,” Blues club president Scott Reid said.

“Though something people may not know is that Merv was, apparently, a pretty intimidating defender.

“Local sports fans can come along and find out what's wrong with Australian cricket or ask how the (Gold Coast) Suns will go from two blokes who will certainly tell it like it is.

“This is the first function for the footy club in 2011 and is important for setting up our season so we hope it's well supported.”

Tickets cost $40 and include gourmet finger food and drinks with $25 per ticket going towards fundraising. To reserve your ticket call 0755367422.

It starts at 3pm (AEDT) next Friday.

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