Five years since Mainy s shock death
Five years since Mainy's shock death

Today marks five years since the shock and sudden death of Eagles legend Chris Mainwaring.

In the early hours of October 1, 2007, the 41-year-old premiership player and Channel 7 television personality died from a drug overdose after suffering a seizure and collapsing at his Cottesloe home.

The father-of-two's untimely death sent shockwaves through Perth's tight-knit football community.

This weekend former teammates, friends and family members will pay tribute to Mainwaring at a charity game played in his honour, an event that will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the 1992 grand final between West Coast and Geelong.

Last month the Eagles celebrated the 20-year anniversary in front of 650 people at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, with an empty seat left for Mainwaring in the official team photo.

Mainwaring played a crucial role in the Eagles' first flag win and this weekend's match will see West Coast's OWLS (Older Wiser Larger Slower) line up against the TOMcats (Tired Old Men) from Geelong Football Club.

Past players from both teams from this historic grand final will be pulling on their boots again to go up against each other to help raise money for Telethon.

Billy Brownless, Peter Riccardi, Barry Stoneham, Adrian Hickmott and Paul Couch from Geelong will go up against former Eagles Chris Lewis, Dean Kemp, Dwayne Lamb, Peter Matera and inaugural captain Ross Glendinning.

6PR presenter Howard Sattler will be a goal umpire at the charity game while 2011 X Factor finalist and avid AFL fan Johnny Ruffo will also pull on his footy boots.

Other celebrities involved in the match include Packed to the Rafters star George Houvardas along with sports presenter Basil Zempilas and former West Coast Eagles great David Wirrpanda, who will be in the commentary box.

Tickets to the Chris Mainwaring Legends Match for Telethon, to be played at twilight this Saturday, October 6, are available through Ticketmaster.

The West Australian

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