## ## Port Macquarie Sharks host Group 3 ladies day
Today PaperCommentYour SayOpinionSend a Letter to the EditorWOMEN and their influence on a rugby league club is not something that is lost on the Port Macquarie Sharks. It’s why Saturday’s clash with Forster Tuncurry is being labelled ladies day. The day will have the added importance of also being a Pink Ribbon day to remember families affected by breast cancer. First grade vice captain Corey Murphy has only been at the club for 18 months, but he wanted to make a difference. It was his idea to make this weekend’s home clash one which raises awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. His family is one of many that has been touched by the disease. “I know everyone throughout the community has been touched by cancer,” he said. “It’s a big day for the club to show we’re not just a bunch of footy mugs and we want to try to raise as much money as we can.” As a youngster, Murphy lost two aunties to breast cancer and while he doesn’t remember much of the time he knows the impact it had on his father. “They passed away a little while ago, but it’s still a bit of a sad time of the year when the date comes around for dad in particular with two of his sisters to be gone,” he said. But not only is Saturday’s match one which will raise funds and awareness about breast cancer, it is the club’s way of thanking their female members for the hard work they put in. Murphy said committee member and league tag player Natalie Smith along with Britt Fens and Layla Ashbury put in the hard yards behind the scenes. They wanted to have a special day for them. “Nat in particular puts in a lot of the hard yards with the committee she goes to almost every meeting,” he said. “It was a big thing for us to show some appreciation for the girls.” The club will set up a marquee on the day for the ladies. “All of the boys will be in charge of the canteen and the barbecue and all of that the girls won’t be doing any of that,” Murphy said. On the field, the Sharks will look to kick start their Group 3 season when they aim to keep the Hawks winless. Murphy will return to the halves and didn’t feel it was a must win match. “I probably wouldn’t say that yet, but it’s still a pretty big game for us to keep us in touch with the top three,” he said. “That’s where you want to be at the end of the year. There’s plenty of footy left to be played.” Following the game, all jerseys will be auctioned off with the funds raised from the fullback jersey to help with Tony Wright’s recovery expenses.
But not only is Saturday’s match one which will raise funds and awareness about breast cancer, it is the club’s way of thanking their female members for the hard work they put in.