Kala­munda hon­ours its Kween

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS - Lau­ren Pi­lat

THE Kala­munda Kweenz will hon­our one of their re­spected lead­ers with a trib­ute match this week­end against the Cottes­loe Seag­ulls to raise money for can­cer re­search.

Af­ter Kala­munda Women’s Rugby Team cap­tain Nee­sha Bar­rett was di­ag­nosed with cer­vi­cal can­cer and un­able to play this sea­son, the Kweenz wanted to sup­port their well­re­spected leader.

The trib­ute match will be held at the club’s home ground in For­rest­field this Satur­day, with money raised do­nated to the Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Team man­ager Toni Clarke said al­though Bar­rett’s di­ag­noses meant the 27- year- old was un­able to play, she con­tin­ued to have an in­te­gral role with the club.

“Nee­sha has re­ceived treat­ment dur­ing the sea­son but we are for­tu­nate enough to have her back coach­ing and men­tor­ing our play­ers and we’re hop­ing she can par­tic­i­pate in the trib­ute game,” she said.

“She is an in­spi­ra­tion to our group with her go- hard at­ti­tude and has great courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“We have a close- knit team and our ladies felt they needed to do more for their cap­tain and came up with the idea for the trib­ute game at the start of the sea­son.”

Bar­rett was a mem­ber of the Kala Kweenz who won the Rugby 10s Tour­na­ment in Bali in 2017 and se­lected for the Western Force Women’s Squad for 2018.

There will be raf­fles to raise money for the foun­da­tion on the day and af­ter the trib­ute game play­ers’ jer­seys will be auc­tioned and a so­cial event held.

Macey Simp­kins, Nee­sha Bar­rett and Ash­lee Tem­ple. Nee­sha has been un­able to play this sea­son due to cer­vi­cal can­cer.

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