Shar­kettes shaken by death

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MOSS­MAN women’s rugby league play­ers watched on in horror as an Ed­mon­ton Light­ning player col­lapsed dur­ing their match on Satur­day and later died.

Re­becca Bowie, 22, col­lapsed on the field af­ter she tack­led a Moss­man player at a Cairns District Women’s Rugby League game in Smith­field on Fri­day night.

First aid was ad­min­is­tered im­me­di­ately but Ms Bowie could not be re­vived and was pro­nounced dead at Cairns Base Hos­pi­tal at 11.40pm. It is be­lieved she suf­fered a heart at­tack but an au­topsy will be done to de­ter­mine the cause of death.

The Moss­man Shar­kettes side, which was only formed this year, has been in shock since the in­ci­dent.

“We didn’t know what was go­ing on at first, we just thought she was in­jured but all of a sud­den they were do­ing CPR,” one player said. “It was hor­ri­ble, like a car crash.”

Along with Ms Bowie’s Ed­mon­ton team­mates, the Shar­kettes have re­ceived coun­selling.

They gath­ered at Bar­low Park on Sun­day with other Far North fe­male rugby league play­ers for a me­mo­rial to Ms Bowie, fondly known as Becky Jo.

A state­ment from her team­mates paid trib­ute to Ms Bowie and her con­tri­bu­tion to the game.

"She was for­ever laugh­ing and smil­ing ev­ery chance she could get, she was a gen­tle gi­ant who got on with and was re­spected by ev­ery­one in­clud­ing ref­er­ees, club of­fi­cials and those she played against,” it read.

"We will miss you and your smile and how you made us laugh.

"Becky Jo, you will be re­mem­bered for­ever in our hearts. We love you, our sis­ter, rest in peace."

It is be­lieve that some Moss­man play­ers are quit­ting the team in the wake of the tragedy.

“They are wor­ried be­cause she was so young, it could hap­pen to any­one,” the player said. “It shook a lot of peo­ple up. It’s a shame be­cause the team gives them some­thing to look for­ward to, es­pe­cially the young ones.”

Tragedy: team­mates of Re­becca Bowie pay trib­ute to the young player

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