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Battle of Franklin Cup set to raise funds for prostate cancer

Battle Of Franklin 2024

Tasmanian men and families impacted by prostate cancer are expected to be the winners when two local football clubs go head-to-head in Tasmania’s second ‘Battle of Franklin Cup’ on June 15.

All proceeds from the game between the Clarence Zebras and Kingborough Lions United will be donated to Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).

This year’s event will be at the newly updated Clennett’s Lightwood Park in Kingston, hosted by Kingborough Lions United, with the Cup itself generously purchased by Tristan Penneyston from Penneyston Painting.

President of the Kingborough Lions United, Brian Downes, said the club was looking forward to hosting the event.

“This year’s Cup is expected to be a great night of football in support of men’s health,” Mr Downes said.

“Like many men across Tasmania, prostate cancer has impacted our club members. Last year’s Battle of Franklin Cup was a roaring success and we look forward to repeating the action on Saturday.

Fans will enioy a great game atmosphere as well as hot food and drinks in the clubhouse, where people will be able to donate to PCFA and purchase merchandise.”

Prostate cancer survivor and long-time Clarence Zebras supporter, Rick Bennett, urged locals to get along to the game.

“Keeping the conversation relevant and ongoing is a passion for me as I want to see as many men in their 40s start a conversation with their GPs to commence PSA testing,” said Mr Bennett.

For me creating a baseline early through regular PSA testing enabled me to react much sooner once there was a change in the numbers.  

Without being on top of it as soon as we were able to, I may not have had the positive and significant outcomes I have today. My family are so important to me and I plan to be with them for much longer.

I’m looking forward to seeing the Battle of Franklin Cup take part once again, cheering on our common goal of supporting men and their loved ones living with prostate cancer and continuing on the conversation of getting more men tested. #BeinvestedGetTested.”

PCFA CEO, Anne Savage, commended the clubs.

“With more than 6,000 Tasmanian men and families impacted by prostate cancer, events like this are key to rallying much needed support and raising awareness of the disease,” Ms Savage said.

“Community awareness is key to prostate cancer control, helping to improve rates of early detection and promote greater understanding of Tasmania’s most commonly diagnosed cancer.

More than 500 Tasmanian men will be newly diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

We’re tremendously grateful to the Clarence Zebras and the Kingborough Lions for supporting men in the local community impacted by prostate cancer.

Organiser and volunteer Rick Bennett has been a champion for our cause, demonstrating the difference that individuals can make in saving lives.

We’re pleased to see Rick and others bring together these two clubs for what promises to be a great match.

We look forward to a great night at the football, for a good cause.”

For more information and to find a local support group, call 1800 22 00 99 or go to

To arrange an interview with Brian Downes or Rick Bennett, please contact:
Laura Gillett | 0468 788 609

Prostate Cancer Foundation

Battle Of Franklin 2024 – Who will Secure the Cup ?!

Battle Of Franklin 2024 - Prostate Cancer Fundraiser
Battle Of Franklin 2024 - Prostate Cancer Fundraiser
Battle Of Franklin 2024
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Battle of Franklin Cup – Winners


Yesterday, was the inaugural “Battle of Franklin Cup”, a special “Safari Derby” to promote Prostate Cancer Awareness.
Below is the text from Rick Bennet’s Facebook page – Rick is a PC survivor and part of the cohort driving this venture that will now become locked into the NPL Calendar.

Sunday 13th of August will go down in history as the first-ever Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia Clarence Zebras FC Vs Kingborough Lions United Football Club Battle of Franklin raising awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer.

I want to thank Dean Young MP, David O’Byrne MP, Luke Edmunds MLC for Pembroke, Dean Winter MP for attending on the day and their contributions. I would also like to thank Julie Collins MP for her generous contribution. I would also like to thank Tristan of Penneyston Painting for making the cup a reality and the Tooze Family for creating the shield.

To both clubs and Football Tasmania for getting behind the event, well done. Congratulations to Kingborough United Lions who were far too strong on the day winning the first-ever Battle of Franklin 5 – 2. No doubt the Clarence Zebras will be eager to take the title from KULFC next season.

To everyone who donated to the raffle or contributed to the raffle and donations on the day, I thank you. Every dollar counts, however, every conversation regarding Prostate Cancer awareness counts even more. To my close friends and to, the committee and my friends in the community of our fantastic club Clarence Zebras, I can’t thank you enough. Brent Costelloe and Tim Paine of SEN Tassie Tubes and Woody Triple M Hobart WIN News Tasmania Nightly News 7 Tasmania for promoting and supporting the awareness of Prostate Cancer. To my fellow PC Battler Andrei Norris. We will have many years together watching this significant event grow.

Lastly, to my family Linda Bennett Mitch Bennett Alex Bennett, without your dedicated support, kindness, and encouragement for me to make this event happen, I don’t think I would have achieved it without you. The Battle of Franklin has been run and won with the significant winner being more awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. I look forward to Kingborough Lions United Football Club hosting the event in 2024.

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Men’s Southern Championship Coaching Team 2023

Southern Championship Men Coaching Team for 2023

Introducing Kingborough Lions United Football Club ’s new Championship coaching team – Mick Trotter, Jamie Howell and Andy Taylor.

Mick Trotter and Jamie Howell have had close connections to Kingborough Lions United FC for many years; Mick has many years of experience. Andy has played in NPL and Champ at the Lions for the last few years and will continue to play in Champ in Season 2023. Andy will be the Team Captain.
Championship sessions start Tuesday 29 November, 6.30pm at Calvin Christian School’s Sophia St Ground. Pre-Christmas sessions will be low key – primarily ball work and small-sided games.
Pre-Season will commence 3 Jan 2023 – Tuesdays & Thursdays.
If you’re interested, contact Mick Trotter, 0417 872 119, [email protected]

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Lions Appoint Alfred Hess as NPL Head Coach for 2023

alfred hess coaching

Tasmanian NPL Club Kingborough Lions United FC have appointed Alfred Hess as the Head Coach of the Club’s High Performance NPL Program for 2023 and beyond.

Hess, who returned to Tasmania this year to take up the role of Youth Technical Director for the Lions, has also been an integral part of the NPL playing group for the 2022 season.

“Alfred has demonstrated a clear understanding of the Club’s vision and football development plan through his role as Youth Technical Director in which he will continue in addition to his new role with the NPL” said Simon Edwards, Technical Director.  “Alfred’s coaching experience also includes coaching in high performance youth environments in Canada and recently establishing the inaugural Men’s First Team at Majura FC in the ACT.  We feel Alfred is a wonderful fit for the Lions as we embark on the next stage of the Club’s NPL football journey” Edwards added.

“I am grateful for the club’s support in offering me the opportunity as Head Coach of the Club’s NPL endeavour. The Club’s confidence in my ability makes me feel enthusiastic and confident about rising to this challenge. I look forward to being part of the Club’s ambitious vision going forward,” said Hess.  

“I would sincerely like to thank Jez Kenth” said Hess. “Jez played a significant role in attracting me to the club and transitioning me into the role of NPL Head Coach. Jez has accomplished meaningful work in this space. In this respect, I look forward to building on the work that Jez has done and making my own contribution to the club’s success.”

Jez Kenth recently announced he would step down at the end of the season –Jez Kenth to Step Down at the end of the 2022 Season.

“The NPL is about to enter a very exciting era here in Tasmania with the introduction of the new NPL criteria that is being rolled out nationally in 2023” said Brian Downes, Club President.  

“With Alfred’s appointment to our NPL Program and following on from the great work that Jez Kenth has done over the past few years, I am very confident that Alfred will take our NPL Program to the next level, as we as a Club, strive to be the absolute best that we can be. This in turn will provide a clear and achievable pathway for our young players coming through our junior and youth programs.  Obviously, we all want to see the overall standard of football in Tasmania continue to improve and we feel, as one of the larger NPL clubs in the State, that we have a responsibility to do what we can to help grow the success of this great game and Alfred’s appointment is certainly a move in that direction” Downes added.