3rd Annual

Sgt. Matthew Locke MG Charity Match

Army Thunder were once again successful in defeating the tough Bellingen Magpies 34 to 16.  Right from the start the Thunder were determined and were up 3 tries  in the first 20 minutes but Magpies fought back and nearly leveled the score. In the end  Thunder held out. As always Bellingen turned out to cheer on the local side. It was an action filled game watched by Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith recent VC winner and Vice Chief of Defence Force Lt Gen. David Hurley. All supporters and organisations involved should be proud of their efforts. A great community afternoon!


Local Bellingen boy wins Holden Barina

With a Holden Barina up for grabs this year, it was a great moment when local boy Rodney Wright won the Red Holden Barina. Surprise, despite the fact that the kids didn't like it, couldn't hide the excitement of everyone on the ground as the prize was drawn during the half time of the main game. Many people had been selling tickets around the valley for the last 6 months in the great car adventure and it was great to see a local person at Bellingen Park walk out. Mayor Mark Troy and Federal Member Luke Hartsukyer drew out the winner ticket and Rodney was stoked!

Mayor Mark Troy and Federal Member Luke Hartsukyer

Rodney and family with Barina

2011 Matthew Locke Charity Match Car Raffle

                             Drawn 26th February 2011

The 2011 match is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever with organisers raffling a Holden Barina 3 door car*. Tickets are on sale for $5 each and can be purchased from Bellingen Valley-Dorrigo Junior Rugby League Club, North Beach SLSC, Urunga Nippers and Legacy (Bob Denner).

If you are out of the area and wish to buy tickets a book of 5 for $25 can be purchased by depositing the funds into the BCU account and emailing Debbie Locke with your receipt details and address, tickets will be posted to you on confirmation.

Account Details Matthew Locke Charity Shield

BCU BSB: 704-328 Account: 216244

Email: debbielocke@bigpond.com

Funds raised from the raffle and football match support Legacy, The Grub Club, BVDJRLFC, North Beach SLSC and the Urunga Nippers. Supporting Kids!

If you have any questions and would like more information about the Matthew Locke Charity Match please contact debbielocke@bigpond.com or phone Debbie on 0429977959.

*Car shown in photos is the actual car and is unregistered until won but due to display purposes will have some kms. Must be collected at Eastland Holden, Macksville. Prize includes 12 mths rego, 3 door, 1.6lt, 5spd manual, air con, power steering, CD, anti lock braking, dual front and side airbags, ANCAP rating 4. Total value $13990.00

Great Success!

The Matthew Locke Charity Match held in Bellingen on the 27th of February, 2010 was a great success with Army Thunder coming out winners 22 to 20.

It was a exciting match that had both sides taking the lead throughout the game. Best and Fairest for the match were Matt Bush for Bellingen and Cpl. C Gill for Thunder.

Bellingen Juniors should not be forgotten for their entertaining hit out against Orara Valley Tomahawks. Bellingen won 5 tries to 1.

The Under 18's and Women's Touch teams should also be mentioned. It was an awe inspiring afternoon which raised funds for Legacy, The Grub Club and the local juniors. Congratulations to organisers from the Magpies and Thunder who put in such effort and all those who helped including David Peachey.

In particular all those who attended. We look forward to an excellent day next year.





Matthew Locke Memorial Charity Shield


Saturday, 27th February 2010 is the date when the Australian Army Rugby League team will play Bellingen Valley/Dorrigo Rugby League team in the now annual game played in memory of Sergeant Matthew Locke from Bellingen.

The game is set to start at 2 pm with matches played by the Under 15's, Under 18's and a women's Oz-tag team before the highlight game between Thunder and the Magpies.

All funds raised will go towards Legacy, The Grub Club and Bellingen/Dorrigo Junior Rugby League. Raffles and auctions will be held on the day.

Sponsorship is still available. If you would like to be part of this great event please contact

Debbie Locke or Lee Ann Martin.
debbielocke@bigpond.com   leeann@gmtraining.com.au
0429977959   0438576728








Donations can be made by direct deposit to the following account or by visiting any Bananacoast Credit Union office:

Bananacoast Credit Union: Matthew Locke Charity Match

BSB: 704328 Account No: 216244

(if a Bananacoast member add S20)