Chinchilla AFL pioneer to be remembered in inaugural cup match
AFL: Known as one of the pioneers of AFL in Chinchilla, Travis Mitchell’s legacy will be honoured during a “Western Derby” clash against Dalby at the Chinchilla Recreation Grounds on Friday night.
Travis tragically lost his life in a motorbike accident in April last year.
A family man, motocross enthusiast and lover of Aussie Rules, Travis and his boys played AFL for the Dalby Swans before he helped found the Chinchilla Suns.
Now each time Chinchilla and Dalby play each other at a senior level, they will play for the Travis Mitchell Cup, in honour of his memory.
Suns president Jay Paget said Travis was involved in the club on a number of levels, from Auskick to junior coaching to umpiring and of course, strapping on the boots and playing for the seniors. Travis even kicked the first ever goal for the Chinchilla Suns in their first season.
“He had a pretty major role in the club and was a bloke who everyone looked up to and we definitely miss his presence,” Paget said.
Following a moment’s silence for Travis, the two western-most teams in the competition will kick off at 7pm. The last time the two clubs met, Chinchilla won by one point, and the competition between the teams has been fierce for many years.
“The game is always played in good spirit with those guys and we expect Friday night will be nothing different,” Paget said.
Travis’ father Les will be travelling up from Victoria to watch the game. Les and Travis’ twin sons Tristan and Reece and daughter Brodee will present the inaugural Travis Mitchell Cup to the winning team.