Broncos legends play for a cure for cancer

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UPDATE 4/12/15

NRL stars Sam Thaiday & Anthony Milford AND Justin Hodges (5 captains out of 9 are now playing!) are on board to play,   Can’t wait to see them ply their skills on the diamond!!!

Legends of the NRMA Brisbane Broncos Darren Lockyer, Kevin Walters, Gorden Tallis, Steve Renouf and other current and past Broncos Stars are taking to the Softball diamond to Play for a Cure for cancer this December. They will be battling it out against a team of Softball legends and current Australian representative players in the next big Play for a Cure Yellow Socks Charity Softball Challenge.

To be held on Saturday 5th December at the Downey Park Softball Complex, the event will be hosted by the Play for a Cure Foundation and the Brisbane Softball Association.

Play for a Cure Softball legends will include current Australian Captain & Olympian Stacey Porter, current ‘Aussie Spirit’ player Chelsea Forkin as well as former Olympians Mel Roche and Haylea Petrie.  Australia’s longest serving softball captain and Olympian Joyce Lester will also be on hand to entertain the crowd.

Locky hits out!
Locky hits out!

The inspiration for the event comes from the sad passing in late 2009 of Jannita Dunn, elder sister of Rugby League great Gorden Tallis and also Deb McColm the wife of former long time Broncos kicking coach Graham McColm.

4 time Olympian - Mel Roche
4 time Olympian – Mel Roche

Both ladies had strong ties to the Brisbane Broncos and Brisbane Softball Association and for Graham and Gorden, it was only fitting to create an event in remembrance of them and to broaden the focus on others impacted by cancer.

The teams will wear yellow socks representing the daffodil flower used internationally as the flower and colour of HOPE for a cure to cancer.

Since the inaugural event five years ago, the Yellow Socks Charity Softball Challenge has grown each year and is expected to attract its biggest crowd this year.

This will be a fun day with two great curtain raiser games commencing from 9am to add to the carnival atmosphere.  These games will involve representative women and men from the Australian Defence Forces competing against representative Brisbane women and men.  This is a great opportunity to also support our Defence Forces personnel and for everyone to pitch in to help find a cure to cancer.

Fans will also get the unique opportunity to win a spot playing on either team by getting online and auctioning for a position in this wonderful event.

Auction winners are Selwyn Turner for the Broncos and Norelle Thomas for the P4AC Softball legends teams – well done Selwyn and Norelle!

The teams

The Brisbane BroncosP4AC Softball Legends
Kevin WaltersStacey Porter
Gorden TallisMelanie Roche
Darren LockyerHaylea Petrie
Steven RenoufKelly McKellar-Nathan
Kerrod WaltersGeorgia Blair
Sam ThaidayJanice Blackman
Anthony MilfordDorinda Stone
Jason NathanBecky McDonnell
Tracy BaileyKeri McCracken
Selwyn TurnerNorelle Thomas
Coach - Fabian BarlowCoach - Chelsea Forkin


All are welcome to attend this one-of-a-kind charity event.  Admission is free but a gold coin donation on entry would be appreciated.

In addition to all the action of the games on the day, there will also be a major raffle with great prizes, including a framed limited edition Broncos Jersey autographed by all nine Broncos Captains.  Plenty of food, BBQ, drinks, and the aforementioned Defence Forces representative games will add to the festive atmosphere of the day.

All funds raised will go to support cancer research programs supported through the Play for a Cure Foundation and to junior softball development through the Brisbane Softball Association.

Tax deductible donations can also be made directly by clicking here.

Media are also encouraged to attend the event.

What: Play for a Cure Yellow Socks Charity Softball Challenge
Where: Downey Park Softball Complex, Green Terrace, Windsor
When: Saturday 5th December 2015
Special curtain raiser games - 9am Australian Defence Forces Women v Brisbane Representative Women - 10:30am Australian Defence Forces Men v Brisbane Representative Men
Main Yellow Socks Charity Game from 12:30pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:
Graham McColm – 0400 897 898
Jason Greenhalgh (Media Contact) – 0400 716 166

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