Kick-off

Footy to help in­jured player

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Alicia Per­era

Dampier Sharks and the North Pil­bara foot­ball com­mu­nity are call­ing for res­i­dents to rally around a young lo­cal player who was se­ri­ously in­jured in a road ac­ci­dent last month.

Ju­nior Sharks player An­gus John­ston, 15, in­jured his back in a mo­tor­bike crash in Dampier in early Jan­uary and is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Perth.

For­mer Sharks coach and Pow­der Puff game co-or­gan­iser Kris­tian Dic­ton said it was sad news but An­gus was “in a good mind­set” and it was good to see the com­mu­nity pitch­ing in.

“I’ve been for­tu­nate to coach him for Dampier and the Pil­bara un­der-15s rep­re­sen­ta­tive side,” he said.

“He’s a good footy player and a young lo­cal kid.”

The Sharks have set up a Go­FundMe page aim­ing to raise $30,000 for An­gus’ re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion costs.

An­gus’ club has also ar­ranged for a nov­elty Pow­der Puff game to be played in his hon­our — a short match be­tween a men’s and women’s team which re­quires the men to play in thongs and with a beer in their hand at all times and with­out tack­ling, while the women can go all out. It will be held on Dampier’s Windy Ridge Oval on Fe­bru­ary 12 at 2pm. Do­nate at go­fundme.com/an­gus-john­stons-re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Pic­ture: Dampier Sharks Foot­ball Club

Dampier Sharks player An­gus John­ston, 15, is re­cov­er­ing from a back in­jury in Perth.

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