Frenchville Pioneers president Andrew Kelly will oversee his team wearing pink jerseys to raise funds for breast Cancer research.
Frenchville Pioneers president Andrew Kelly will oversee his team wearing pink jerseys to raise funds for breast Cancer research. Sharyn Oneill

Frenchville team in the pink

IN HIS 40 years of playing football, rugby league and now rugby union, Andrew Kelly has never worn a pink jersey.

The sporting journey man won’t get the chance to either, however the Frenchville Pioneers Rugby Union club president is making sure the club’s A-grade players do today.

Kelly and the Frenchville committee have organised a full set of jerseys, and pink playing socks, for the Pioneers A-grade side to don in today’s round 11 Central Queensland Rugby Union clash with Brothers at Ryan Park.

And not because the players like wearing pink – it’s for a good cause, of course.

Today, the Frenchville Rugby Union host their second annual Ladies Day with all the proceeds raised on the day going towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Team Pink fundraising program.

Throughout the day the fairer sex will be spoilt, with a champagne luncheon in their own reserved area, while they cheer on the Pioneers in the reserve grade and A-grade matches.

Kelly, who returned to playing last weekend in the reserve grade competition, said it was about time the women were appreciated after years of sacrificing weekends for rugby.

“It’s about acknowledging the fact that they put with losing their weekends, and having to spend more time at the rugby than they’d like,” he said with a grin.

Following today’s matches, the pink jerseys will be auctioned off with Kelly urging everyone to get behind a great cause.

“It’s a great initiative from the club, and the Frenchville Sports Club as well,” he said.

“The Frenchville Sports Club are going to match, dollar for dollar. Everything we raise on the day and donate that towards breast cancer research.”

Rugby action at Ryan Park begins with the reserve grade today at 2pm.

For more information on Team Pink visit http://www.teampink.org.au



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