Around the Clubs

Pies, chips and always red frogs

April 20th, 2021

One of the busiest canteens in North Coast Football can be found at South Grafton’s, Rushforth Park.
It’s a new $1.6 million facility and serves as a hub for four clubs.
Rushforth Park Town Clubs canteen manager Kristina Reynolds is more than a safe pair of hands behind the counter. With an extensive background in catering, Kristina devised the internal layout for the facility – and swooped on some commercial grade equipment that was offloaded by a local pub.
Football runs in her family – partner Brett is an NCF referee – and Kristina has been around the traps at Rushforth since her son started playing in the Under 6s … and he’s now 21.
While food fads come and go, it pays to stick to the tried and traditional at a football canteen.
“Hot chips and gravy are very popular, so too are pies, sausage rolls, Gatorade and slushies,” Kristina said.
“And with the kids it’s lollies – I’d get hung if I didn’t have red frogs.”
Kristina said a typical day – the canteen operates on Friday nights and Saturdays – can start at 7am, to get the pies hot. The last Saturday game won’t start until 3pm, so it can be as late as 6.30pm before the canteen crew are all done.
It’s a big commitment – but as Kristina says, many hands make for light work.
“It’s good seeing all the little kids and the community,” she said.
Image: Rushforth Park canteen manager Kristina Reynolds.

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