Thursday, June 27, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Memorial Cup A Major Success

The region’s second Finley Smith Memorial Cup was deemed a remarkable success on June 15 with over 150 attendees indulging in a full day of cricket, raffles and auctions at Harrup Park.

The Finley Smith Memorial Cup served as an opportunity to bring the community together in honour of Finley’s legacy and passion for cricket whilst also raising vital funds in light of Epilepsy awareness. On February 15th of 2022, Finley tragically passed away following an unexpected epileptic seizure, thus the Finley Smith Memorial Cup was created as a way to commemorate his life and raise awareness within the community.

Mayor Greg Williamson attended the event and delivered an inspiring speech, emphasising the importance of community support and honouring Finley's memory. In addition to Mayor Williamson, the Smith family was also present, including Greg, Vicki, Riley, and Michelie Smith.

With the support of the community, this year a grand total of $33,568 has been raised so far, with over $16,000 raised on the day itself.

Over the past two years, the Finley Smith Memorial Cup initiative has collectively raised $76,000 for epilepsy research.

The Marlins emerged as the champions, with the Heartbreak Kids securing a close second place in a display of their competitive spirit and skill. It was a fitting tribute to Finley's memory, as the community gathered to celebrate his life and passion for cricket and comradery.

Event organiser and cherished friend of Finley, Bridget Franettovich said, “We're deeply grateful to everyone who participated and contributed to making this event a meaningful and memorable occasion.

“We extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported this year's event, from attendees to our dedicated corporate sponsors: Advance Physiotherapy, Aurizon, AM Lash & Beauty, Fiesta Rentals, Gardian, Get Real Workwear, Jessica Wilson Photography, Kennedy Amplifier Hire Service, Mackay Leisure Centre, Real Time Instruments, Toomas Drycleaners and Harrup Park.

“Their generosity and participation were instrumental in making this year's Cup a success.”

Looking ahead, the Finley Smith Memorial Cup has just been announced as an ongoing annual event and everyone is encouraged to mark their calendars for the Finley Smith Memorial Cup 2025.

“Our goal is to make next year's event even bigger and more impactful, continuing to bring our community together in Fin's honour and support of Epilepsy Queensland,” Bridget said.

“Fin was a remarkable individual, cherished for his infectious laughter, quick wit, and ability to brighten any gathering. His presence was truly special, and through events like the Finley Smith Memorial Cup, we aim to celebrate his spirit and impact on our community.”

Mackay’s second Finley Smith Memorial Cup was held on Saturday, June 15 and was a major success, raising over $16,000 for Epilepsy Queensland. Photo credit: Jessica Wilson Photography

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