Sharkettes shaken by death
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