Moree Boars traded in their regular blue jerseys for pink ones on Sunday for an extra special Mother’s Day clash against the Armidale Rams.
Not only did the bright pink jerseys keep the mothers on the sidelines happy, they also helped to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation.
At the end of the game, each jersey was auctioned off, with all funds going directly to support Moree’s breast care nurse.
Moree Boars Rugby League Club president Todd Mitchell said he expects the profits to total about $2000.
“That’ll all go to the breast care nurse in Moree to do what she needs to do to support local people,” he said.
“It was very worthwhile; it was a really good day.
“We’re supported pretty well in the community and we very much appreciate that support, so it’s good to give something back.”
It was the Boars’ first home game of the season and, as well as all the off-field action, there was plenty on-field to keep the Mother’s Day crowd entertained.
Unfortunately the first two matches of the day were unsuccessful for the Boars, with the ladies league tag team going down 24-6 and under 18s beaten 22-14.
However, reserve grade turned the day around with a huge 58-point win against the Rams, with the full-time score 74-16.
First grade then continued their winning streak and beat the Rams 48-12.
“It was a really good hit out and a good team effort,” first grade coach Ronald Prince said.
“Everyone played really well, particularly our forwards who were very strong – Brent McDonald, Johnny [Lawton] and Holt [Cubis] went well and Benny Williams was awesome as well.”
Prince said his side could have put more points on the board if it wasn’t for minor errors throughout the game.
“A bit of discipline let us down but we’re working on that,” he said. “We had a few dropped balls and little stuff that we’ve got to work on. There’s still lots of room for improvement.”
Sunday’s win has pushed the Boars up to fourth place on the Group 19 ladder.
The Boars have won their last three matches, having only lost their round one clash against the Narwan Eels.
“I’m glad we’re getting a few wins on our belt,” Prince said. “We’ve done a lot of travelling, so it’s good to get a few home games now. Hopefully we can build on it.”
The Boars will go head-to-head with fifth-placed MacIntyre Warriors in another home game this Sunday, May 21.
Prince said he hopes to see a large crowd at Boughton Oval to support the Boars on Sunday. Ladies league tag will begin about 11am, with first grade to kick off at about 3pm.