Big day ahead for memorial cup, medal

THE Fingal and St Pats football clubs have a big game day planned on Sunday in memory of two special people.

The NTFA division 2 teams will play their round 3 match at Cressy in honour of former Fingal player Josh Smart and St Pats stalwart Peter Mahar, who both died recently.

Smart played many games for Fingal along with his brother, Rowan, and their cousin, Jonathan, still plays with the club.

His uncle, Stephen, is the club president and his late father, David, also played for the club.

Mahar is a former Saints player and the family have a long history with his sons, Winton and Dan, playing more than 400 games between them and still involved at committee level.

The two clubs are having a memorial Smart-Mahar Cup and best on ground medal struck for Sunday's game, which will become a perpetual feature of their clashes each season.

``The Smart family is really well-renowned around the Fingal community and footy club,'' Fingal coach Matthew Lowe said.

``We are holding a big fundraiser raffle for Zaide, who is Josh's little boy, and taking up a collection on the day to help out with some money for his future.

``The support that we've had from other NTFA clubs, and from individuals and businesses has been overwhelming with their donations for the day as well.''

Lowe said the club was keen to take football back to Cressy given the support it receives from the area with a lot of players coming from there.

The reserves kick-off at noon with the senior game at 2pm.

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