Fowler kicks in for Mayor's Christmas Appeal
Wednesday, 9 December 2009North Queensland Fury FC skipper Robbie Fowler has blasted past feeble goal keeping to kick home a win for the Townsville Mayor's Christmas Appeal.
Robbie peppered the goal guarded by Mayor Les Tyrell and Jupiters Townsville Managing Director Sean Knights with, with $2000 going straight into the Christmas appeal every time he scored.
Mayor Cr Les Tyrell said that with the chance of securing $20,000 for the appeal, there was no hesitation in getting one of the game’s greats to do the job.
“Jupiters have been very generous with their support for the Christmas Tree Appeal. Their support for the local community will be appreciated by a lot of struggling families this Christmas.”
“We were delighted that Robbie ciould take time out to support the Christmas Tree Appeal and it would be good to see the community get right behind the Fury on Friday night.”
The Fury captain said he was happy to help out any time he was calle don to support a cause for charity."Anything involving charity, it is important to do them," Fowler said."It doesn’t take long out of your day to do them. I got the call late yesterday and I was around to help and do whatever I could ... anything to put balls in the back of the net – I’m all for that."
While Jupiters Townsville managing director Sean Knights is a keen football fan and former player, he wasn't able to keep many shots out but that only meant a bigger contribution. Mr Knights said Jupiters had a proud tradition of support for the Appeal.
“This is the fourth year we have been involved in the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal, and being a part of this initiative continues to bring a great amount of pride to our team,” Mr Knights said.
“It is important to recognise that many families in our great region struggle during this financially draining time, and it is a great feeling to be able to share our festive spirit with the community in which we operate.”The Jupiters Townsville donation of $20,000 will bring the Mayor's Christmas Tree Appeal to its half way target. Townsville City Councillors will be present at the entrance gates of Dairy Farmers Stadium on Friday night for any ticket holders that wish to make donations to this very worthwhile cause.
Fowler lands a monster
Thursday, 13 August 2009North Queensland Fury Marquee Signing Robbie Fowler got out on the water recently with Fishing Australia Host Rob Paxevanos and landed a 15kg Spanish mackeral on his first blue water fishing expedition. Fowler joined Paxevanos and his crew after a four-hour drive up the coast to Cairns to take in more of the coastline he currently calls home.
The conditions were very rough due to very strong southeast winds, but their 47' charter 'Moana' was able to find some shelter behind Fitzroy Island near Cairns. The Fury Skipper proved to be as determined to catch a big fish as he is to score goals during a tough game and he put up with being bounced all around the boat and being hammered by rain and heavy spray.
It was hard to get to the better spots due to the conditions but the team persisted around the Island and Robbie eventually hooked onto the 15kg Spanish mackerel pictured - one of the best eating fish on the Great Barrier Reef.
“I was so impressed with Robbie’s competitiveness in conditions where the rest of the anglers in town where hiding at home,” Paxevanos said.
“He did an amazing job fighting the fish in the rough seas, especially given his previous biggest fish was a small trout back in England!”
“You should have seen all the kids go mad when he we got back to the Marina with his catch; it was a memorable day for us all.”Fowler was impressed with his first taste of blue water fishing and was even more impressed with the fact he could eat his mackerel catch while it was still fresh.“It was a fantastic day,” Fowler said. “It was just amazing to be out on a boat and
to pull in a fish that big ... it took a while but it was worth it”
“It was the first time I’ve really ever been fishing to be honest and it's an experience
I'll never forget. My Wife and kids won't forget the weekend away either - the hospitality was unbelievable”
Paxevanos and Fowler were in town as part of the "go fish for sick kids" tournament that is helping to raise funds for a children’s roof top playground at the Cairns Base Hospital.
Truly a role model for the young ones. As they say, players mature as they age and this is true in Fowler's case.