Trojans think pink
THE fight against cancer evokes many emotions and actions.
The disease does horrible things to some, while the fight brings out the best in others.
This weekend, as the Lennox Head rugby union team don pink jerseys in support of the battle against breast cancer, Trojans coach Paul Jeffrey will come out of retirement to play his first competitive game in three years.
And all in the name of raising awareness of the dangers of cancer – and raising money for the cause.
“Someone very close to me has been struck by cancer and I thought it would be appropriate for me to strap the boots on again in honour of them,” Jeffrey said.
Lennox Head Rugby Club has obtained two sets of pink jerseys, which will be worn in the clash with Casino on Saturday then auctioned off after the game.
Money raised will go to the cancer support group on the Northern Rivers.
“We wanted to do something to help and we thought keeping the money close to home was a good idea,” Jeffrey said.
“We would like to build a good relationship with the local support group.”
Building relationships is something the Trojans excell at.
After travelling to Gunnedah for a pre-season trial the Trojans are set to create a long-term partnership.
“It’s a good test going down to a country town where they play tough, solid rugby,” Jeffrey said.
The relationship blossomed when the Gunnedah club took it upon itself to raise almost $1000 for Lennox Head in the wake of the tornado that ripped through the town in June.
And before that the Trojans signed and delivered an Adam Melling surfboard to the Gunnedah Rugby Club.
But the Gunnedah Red Devils look set to trump that gift when they visit Lennox in 2011.
“They reckon they are going to bring a poddy calf,” Jeffrey said.
“We might feed it up for a couple of years, then slaughter it and have a big barbecue.”
Sounds good. Just don’t forget about the rugby.