Media Release

23 July 2012


AFL Legends Support Outreach Hospital, Victoria


Omeo, Victoria: Celebrity Charity Football match, The Peter Canning Cup, will be played on Friday 27th July 2012 at 7pm under lights at the Omeo Football Ground. Past greats of AFL Robert Flower, Wayne Walsh, Stephen Powell and Guy Rigoni will be coaching the young guns in the big match. This now annual event will raise much-needed funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and the assistance of patients at the Omeo Hospital.


The Peter Canning Cup is in honour of Peter Canning, a legend of Dinner Plain and the snow area surrounds. Peter’s good heart and fun spirit have not been shadowed by the Motor Neurone Disease he now lives with day to day. Young guns at heart… with a lot of heart will be out there playing for Peter to raise as much money as possible to change the future of this disease.


Many fundraising activities will take place on the night including raffles, auctions, donations and challenges to raise as much money as possible for Outreach Victoria, Omeo Hospital. For the first time we’ll also be having the ladies do their part, in playing a competitive charity netball match prior to the football game.


Peter McKenna of the Dinner Plain Advisory Committee and Dinner Plain Residence and Business Operators Society says: “This event is for our legend and hero of Dinner Plain, Peter Canning.” McKenna and a team of passionate young people have organised this event for two years consecutively. They hope to see it become one of the regular calendar events of the season at Dinner Plain/ Mt Hotham.


The rivalry of these two sides, Dinner Plain/Hotham Football Club vs. Omeo- Benambra, has been brewing for a year now since Omeo took out the cup last year. Celebrity coaches Robert Flower, Wayne Walsh, Stephen Powell and Guy Rigoni will be on hand to teach these young guns a thing or two.  Big thanks also to our sponsors Boags and Patties Pies, who will keep the guys and the supporters in good spirits for the match.


For a glimpse of the antics and celebration that is The Canning Cup, see last years footage of The Inaugural Peter Canning Cup :


This event is for a cause that means so much to the people of Omeo, Swifts Creek, Dinner Plain, Hotham and the Alpine Region. We are raising as much as possible to support the Omeo Hospital, the Outreach Victoria program and Motor Neurone Disease. True to the AFL Grand Finals tradition, the National Anthem will be sung by well known Australian singer, Kathy Ansty. Any coverage and promotion of the event would be greatly appreciated and we can provide a live cross via satellite.


For more information on The Peter Canning Cup, check out the website of Dinner Plain:


For further information, images or an interview please contact:

Emma Lovell

Lovelly Communications

P: 0413 955 970






Peter McKenna

P: 0412 065 826




About Omeo Hospital and Motor Neurone Disease

  • Motor neurone disease (MND), known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in many parts of the world is a progressive neurological disease.
  • MND affects approximately 1400 people in Australia and thousands more – their carers, families and friends – live daily with its impact.
  • For more information about Motor Neurone Disease visit:
  • Omeo District Health is located in the Victorian High country, 430km North East of Melbourne on the Great Alpine Road.
  • Omeo District Health provides a large range of community and Home Based Services such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Counselling, Youth Work, Health Promotion, Dietetics and Speech Pathology, Adult Planned Activity Group (PAG), District Nursing, Maternal & Child Health, Diabetic Counselling and Community Dental Services.


About our Celebrity AFL stars:



Birth 5 August 1955 (age 56), Melbourne

Debut: 9 June 1973, Melbourne v.

Geelong, at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Team: Melbourne (1973–87) , 272 games 315 goals
Career Highlights: Melbourne best and fairest 1977, Club Captain 1981–87, Victorian Captain, Victorian Team of the Century


Birth 7 May 1946 (aged 66),

Debut Richmond(1968,1972-1975,1977-1978), 91 Games, 30 Goals,

South Melbourne(1969-1971), 63 Games, 5 Goals

Career Highlights; Richmond Best and Fairest 1973,74, Richmond Premiership Coach 1980-1982 and many more



Birth 7 September 1976 (aged 36),

Debut Western Bulldogs 1997,
Melbourne 1999,

St Kilda 2002

Career Highlights; 3rd Trevor Barker Awards 2003



Birth 27 July 1974 (aged 38),

Debut Melbourne 2005

Career Highlights; 100th Game in 2005

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