Trib­ute round for women

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Fe­male vol­un­teers and play­ers were made the stars of the show and sin­gled out for spe­cial thanks at a first-time trib­ute round of Kar­ratha Ju­nior Rugby League games at the week­end.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the of­ten be­hind-the-scenes work done by moth­ers and other fe­male fam­ily mem­bers, the league com­mit­tee ded­i­cated Satur­day’s set of games to its fe­male vol­un­teer team for the first time in a spe­cial Women in League round.

All money raised from fundrais­ing on the day, in­clud­ing a raf­fle with prizes given by about 25 lo­cal busi­nesses and a food stall run by com­mit­tee mem­bers, was do­nated to the Kar­ratha Women’s Shel­ter.

KJRL pres­i­dent Nic Rolle said the idea for the trib­ute round had been build­ing for a few years.

“It came about be­cause a lot of (their ef­fort) was un­recog­nised for a long time and women weren’t a big fo­cus in the club en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

“So it came about a few years ago when they started build­ing the women’s game as well.

“It just recog­nises how much at this grass­roots level that those mums and women, put into it, es­pe­cially up here (in Kar­ratha).”

As part of the day, ju­nior play­ers in un­der-6s and up­wards wore pink arm­bands dur­ing their games and coaches spoke to their play­ers about the ef­fort fe­male vol­un­teers put into the club.

KJRL coach­ing co-or­di­na­tor Lenore Cham­bers said the com­mit­tee wanted to thank all the women who con­trib­uted to their teams. “The day is specif­i­cally to ac­knowl­edge moth­ers in league that come down and help,” she said. “They might be a man­ager of the team, they might be a per­son that makes the or­anges, and it’s just an ac­knowl­edge­ment of mums to say thank you for help­ing out.”

Pic­ture: Sian Rolle

The KJRL’s un­der-18s girls’ side with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Kar­ratha Sal­va­tion Army, ac­cept­ing do­na­tions from the Women in League round on be­half of the Kar­ratha Women's Shel­ter.

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