THE perspiration flew as 16 fit – and not so fit – bodies flung themselves around Ballina Squash Centre yesterday to raise money for the Sherry Orphan Family Appeal.
The brainchild of Clint Anderson, new owner of the squash centre, the tournament raised $600 for the children.
At the same time it brought together several emergency services personnel who usually see each other only in uniform.
“It helps to bring these guys together in a more fun environment,” Mr Anderson said.
He suggested the idea to his friend, Senior Constable Struan Presgrove of Lismore police, who got the word around the services.
Nine police officers, three firefighters and four Westpac rescue helicopter staff took part.
Several women from the services had been set to compete, ‘but they all got rostered on’, Mr Anderson said.
There were a few regular players among the competitors while others had to drag their rackets out of a dusty cupboard.
One of them was Snr Const David Connolly, also of Lismore police.
“I haven’t played for four years,” Snr Const Connolly said.
Now he keeps fit playing hockey.
In the end it all came down to points.
The No 1 police team from the Richmond Local Area Command went head to head with the Ballina Fire Brigade.
“Matches were tied, games were tied, but the firies beat us by 27 points,” Snr Const Presgrove said.