Pitch With A Fist: Musica Copa’s charity tally hits $64k as Nike All-Stars sweep competition aside
The Nike All-Stars won the 6th Musica Copa 5-a-side football charity game against 20 other music industry and musician teams.
It was held at KIKOFF Fraser Park in Marrickville, Sydney.
The Nike All-Stars were lead by Socceroo legend Brett Emerton and a host of star players including Local FC’s Chad Gibson, South Melbourne FC star Sarah Harley Richardson and W League Premier player Gabe Marzano.
By winning the tournament, Nike claimed a prize of $7000 for their nominated charity headspace.
Previous champions Sweat It Out (2013 and 2014) finished second, winning $3000 for beyond blue.
Over in Division 2, Falcona’s win saw an extra $2,000 worth of funding for Support Act.
Sweat It Out’s Kate Mateffy took the ‘Player of the Tournament’ trophy.
The game’s organisers, UNDR Ctrl’s Paul Stix and Purple Sneakers’ Martin Novosel, revealed that this year’s contributions brought its tally since 2013 to $64,000.
Stix remarked, “Musica Copa is hands down one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever worked on.
“Martin and I are so pleased that the event has been openly accepted into the annual music industry calendar, and it’s such a fun day to hang out with our music pals, run around a bit, and raise money for charity.”
The competing teams included Architects of Entertainment & Music and Booze Co, Astral People, BMG, Cattleyard, Century Venues, Falcona, FBi Radio, Future Classic, I OH YOU, Inertia, MTV Australia, Mushroom, Network10 & The Loop, Nike All-Stars, Of Leisure, Red Bull Music, Sony, Sweat It Out, UNDR Ctrl, Universal and WME.
The musician component on the pitch had Hayden James, Montaigne, Winston Surfshirt, Alex The Astronaut, Matt Okine, Pat Liney (Cosmo’s Midnight), MUTO and Winterbourne plus members of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, World Champion, Erthlings and Motorik Vibe Council.
Champions of further gender equality across the music industry, Musica Copa continues its ‘open mixed’ team format (adopted by many Football NSW Futsal competitions), which requires 2 of the 4 outfield players on the pitch to be female.