After a win for a Bundarra’s ladies team on Saturday, June 10, there was celebration after a season and a half of steady losses. The 22-18 victory against Bendemeer was the reward after the continued effort shown by the girls and vindication following the support of the football community
The win coincided with the Bundarra Rugby League Football Clubs annual Ladies Day. The Bundarra Bears hosted Bendemeer for Round 12, the first game of the 2nd round of the season. Ladies Day featured free champagne for the ladies and prizes for best dressed.
With a sea of pink supporters watching on, the games saw both men's and women's Bear’s teams in bright pink socks in support of women in country rugby league and to raise money for cancer. Football in Bundarra returned in 2016 over 20 years after the town last fielded a side.
Last year, there was just one victory all season but this year the town’s efforts are paying off and the loyal crowds are seeing some great games of football. The Bear’s Football club is an asset to Bundarra and it’s given so much to the town.
It brings the community together every Saturday to support our teams at the football and afterwards, returning to the teams’ clubhouse the Commercial Hotel, for presentations and a meal and music until late, it’s always a fantastic day out for the whole family.
The team hopes that the girls’ confidence will be boosted. Next week, the team hosts Manila that lead them on the ladder by one spot. It is hoped that a second win will be secured.
The boys did not fare as well as the girls, going down to Bendemer 52-12 – slipping from 3rd to 5th position in the last two weeks. Last Saturday was also the culmination of an amazing fundraising effort by one of the local supporters, Jodie Turner of Inverell’s Northwest Saddlery. Jodie has raised close to $7000 in total for the Mark Hughes Foundation with donations still coming in.
Jodie sold the Beanies for Brain cancer at the game on Saturday and money from the Bundarra Bear's pink game day socks was donated as well as profits from cakes made by the footy girls and sold at the football.
The night ended at the Bundarra Commercial Hotel the Bear's major sponsor, where Jodie aucNoned off the right to shave her head in front of a crowd of supporters sporNng their Beanies for brain cancer. This was a fabulous effort by a lovely local lady who has stepped up to help raise funds for a great cause and had a great response, for a town of 400 people $7000 is a great amount of money to raise in just 3 weeks.
A credit to Jodie herself and the whole Bundarra Bears community.
Sunday, June 18, will be another great day for football in Bundarra with a lot on the line for both teams and their supporters.