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Nov 07, 2008   |  9:19PM AET

Original Green Machine Showing Support for Canberra United

Original Green Machine Showing Support for Canberra United

The CFMEU Canberra Raiders welcomed the cities newest and brightest sporting team to Raiders HQ on Friday morning, with members of the new W-League Canberra United team on hand to show some of the Raiders their round ball skills.

The CFMEU Canberra Raiders welcomed the cities newest and brightest sporting team to Raiders HQ on Friday morning, with members of the new W-League Canberra United team on hand to show some of the Raiders their round ball skills.

Raider-s players Adrian Purtell and Phil Graham were joined by United stars Ellie Brush, Sasha McDonnell and Kara Mowbray, as both Raiders and United players showcased their differing sporting talents.

The coming together of the two teams is all thanks to the major sponsor of both teams the CFMEU, and the Secretary of the ACT branch of the CFMEU, Sarah Schoonwater, said they were delighted to be behind both local teams.

“The CFMEU is proudly Canberran and proud to get behind our local community,” Ms Schoonwater said. “We think we are an integral part of the community and we want to see Canberra families coming out to support their local teams.

“We think it provides great enjoyment and it-s a great thing to do on a Saturday or a Sunday, and we encourage all Canberran-s to come out on Sunday and watch Canberra United play at McKellar.”

Ms Schoonwater said the region should be proud to have two great sporting teams like the Raiders and United, and encouraged the local community to get behind their teams.

“It-s great to see the Green Machine back in training, and it-s great to see the Women-s Green Machine, both with the CFMEU logo on the jersey.”

Raider-s player Adrian Purtell said it was great to see another team in Canberra doing well, and said he would look at getting to United-s first home game on Sunday.

“The United team has started their debut season well with a win last week and hopefully they-ll get one Sunday,” Purtell said. “A few of us boys are looking to get out to the game and encourage other people to do so.”

Canberra United play their first home game of the season against the Central Coast at the Belconnen Soccer Club in McKellar on Sunday, tickets are available at both the Dickson and Woden Tradies Clubs.