Rab­bitohs su­per­star helps plans for me­mo­rial team

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - By JOHN RYAN

WHEN Jor­dan Nur­combe died sud­denly on the eve of his 13th birth­day just a few months ago, fam­ily and friends were dev­as­tated, now his favourite sport is be­com­ing the back­drop to en­sure his mem­ory won’t be for­got­ten.

The pop­u­lar young rugby league player was a dy­namo on the footy field and his mates are de­ter­mined to re­mem­ber him that way, set­ting out to raise funds to en­ter a Jor­dan Nur­combe Me­mo­rial team in the 2019 Koori Knock-out.

At this stage no venue has been an­nounced for this year’s knockout but the kids know they’ll need to raise plenty of money to pay for the trip, and they’re over the moon Rab­bitoh’s NRL su­per­star Cody Walker was in Dubbo on the week­end to come to the res­cue, show­ing up at the Bun­nings bar­be­cue the boys’ fam­i­lies ran last Satur­day and Sun­day to help make their dreams come true.

“It’s a pretty sad old story, I re­mem­ber meet­ing Jor­dan at my part­ner’s cousin’s house a few months ago. I cer­tainly love to help out at th­ese sort of things and help the com­mu­nity out wher­ever I can,” Walker told Dubbo

“I still re­mem­ber liv­ing in a small com­mu­nity try­ing to raise money to get to Abo­rig­i­nal Knock-outs and things like that, and when the com­mu­nity comes to­gether like this it al­ways brings a smile to peo­ples’ faces. Wher­ever I can help out I’ll help out.

“I don’t think you can get a stronger group within the com­mu­nity, it’s lo­cal peo­ple com­ing to­gether, you can see out here there’s three or four dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies com­ing to­gether and help­ing out and get­ting this team to­gether,” he said.

Amy Cubby was Jor­dan’s aunt and her son Chase was his best mate, so Jor­dan’s death has hit her fam­ily, and ex­tended fam­ily, in­cred­i­bly hard.

That’s why this tight crew are spend­ing long days out­side in 40-plus de­gree heat to help their boys.

“We just have to raise as much money as we can to get the jer­seys. We don’t know where the knock-out’s go­ing to be yet, but we’re go­ing to get as much money as we can to be able to take a group of his mates away so they can go out there with his photo on their shirts and re­mem­ber ex­actly what he was like when he got out on that field,” Mrs Cubby said.

“It’s a tragedy, but we won’t let his mem­ory die. He’s al­ways with us so we’ll get out there and do what­ever we can to make sure noone for­gets.

“My hus­band ac­tu­ally coached Jor­dan from Un­der-7s. He was a mad footy fan, loved his Rab­bitohs and he played in the Wi­rad­juri United side in his first knockout when he was 10 turn­ing 11, so this time we’ll be able to put an­other knock-out team in and put a me­mo­rial side in for him," she said.

It was dif­fi­cult to tell who was Cody’s big­gest fan on the day – Amy Cubby, Jor­dan’s mates or the many Rab­bitohs fans who came up to meet him and buy a sausage sanga (with onions) to help kick the fundrais­ing can.

Amy Cubby reck­ons it’s just Rab­bitoh’s NRL su­per­star Cody Walker, sec­ond from right, in Dubbo last week­end with Chase Cubby, Jonah Rai­dav­eta, Braidon Lamb and Ter­rell Gor­don, four of Jor­dan Nur­combe’s best mates. about a tie be­tween every­one.

“Yeah, look, the kids love him, he’s a big kid him­self, but we’ve got a few con­nec­tions. His wife’s ac­tu­ally one of my cousins so it’s great to have some­one you can tap on the shoul­der and say 'come out here' (to help) sell a few more sausages – he’s al­ways will­ing to help out,” she said.

Now she’s hop­ing the pub­lic re­la­tions boost given by Cody Walker’s in­volve­ment will spur lo­cals to help out.

“Any­one that’s in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing the team to help us get the jer­seys and socks and shorts, and cover travel costs to get wher­ever the Knock-out’s go­ing to be help, we’d love to hear from you,” she said.

You can con­tact Amy on 0407 079 099.

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