Pioneers rugby boys in the pink
By ADAM HICKS
WOLLONGBAR rugby union players are packing down and dressing up in support of two of their mothers.
The club will wear pink jerseys, with matching socks, at the upcoming Byron Bay Sevens tournament to help raise the profile of the breast cancer foundation.
Pioneers breakaway Tim Perkins and club captain Malcolm Watts came up with idea while designing the kit especially for 7s rugby.
"We designed the jersey so we could have an element of fundraising incorporated," Perkins said.
"Sevens rugby is about having a muck around and having a good weekend.
"We wanted to have a good time and do something helpful as well."
They chose to support the breast cancer foundation because Tim's mother, Cynthia, is currently in remission from breast cancer after finishing treatment three months ago.
"It's nice to have the moral support. Just coming down to watch the footy and you get the support of a whole team," she said.
"It makes me proud that they want to do it and they are interested in it."
And they don't just look good either. One player was heard saying during training on how nice the fabric felt!
The pink jerseys are also a sign of support of team-mate Lachlan Crockett's mother, Karon Wannan, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer and will soon commence treatment.
Watts said the club would be selling armbands and ribbons at the 7s as well as taking donations with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
He said the tournament would be good hit out for the team which, despite showing good form at times, finished the season in a disappointing fifth position.
"It's a young, fit and very talented team ... we're getting ready for next season," he said.