Yellow Socks Softball Challenge

Brisbane Softball Association is teaming up with the NRMA Brisbane Broncos for the “Yellow Socks Softball Challenge” game between past and present Brisbane Broncos and Australian representative softball players. The action will commence from 11:30am on Saturday 4th December 2010 at the Downey Park Softball Complex at Green Terrace, Windsor.

The game is a charity event aiming to raise awareness of the impact of cancer on those who have suffered from or who are trying to deal with cancer. The game will also endeavour to promote the game of softball as an option to get out and get active and socialise with friends and family. Both teams will play in yellow socks as this colour is associated with the daffodil flower used internationally as the flower and colour of HOPE for a cure to cancer.

The game will also remember the passing of two ladies who died from cancer just over twelve months ago – Deborah McColm and Jannita Dunn. Both Deb and Jannita had ties to the Brisbane Broncos and the Brisbane Softball Association. Jannita is the elder sister of Broncos legend Gorden Tallis and Deb’s husband Graham is the long term Broncos kicking coach. Jannita was a former state junior and long time softball player – her three daughters play for the Saints club at Downey Park. Deb was a former state junior and senior player and long term A1 player at Downey Park and was also the President of the Brisbane Softball for 5 ½ years before her untimely passing. Both Deb and Jannita knew each other well and sadly passed away within days of each other in the Wesley Hospital late in 2009.

The Broncos team will include past captains, Allan Langer and Gorden Tallis along with current captain Darren Lockyer and other current star players. The pitcher for the Broncos team will be Jannita’s daughter (Gorden’s niece) Tyleisha Dunn. The All Star team will include current Australian captain Stacey Porter and other legends of the game including Joyce Lester (Australia’s longest serving softball captain @ 11 years), Tanya Harding  and Brooke Wilkins.

Several fundraising activities are planned to support Cancer research and awareness programs through the Play for a Cure Foundation and Softball development programs through the Brisbane Softball Association. An autographed and framed Broncos jersey signed by the six Broncos Club captains – Wally Lewis, Gene Miles, Allan Langer, Kevin Walters, Gorden Tallis and Darren Lockyer; will be the feature auction item. Details of the auction will be released closer to the event.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event where there will be plenty of food, drinks and activities for the kids and music entertainment during the afternoon. The current Queensland Heat and Patriots Softball teams will also be in attendance. Admission is free.

It is hoped that this will become an annual event and support others who are dealing with or have been impacted by cancer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:

Graham McColm – 0400 897898 or media contact is Jason Greenhalgh – 0400 716 166

To assist with catering you can click here to RSVP.

NRMA Brisbane Broncos

Brisbane Softball Association

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