The Tingha Tigers will face a big test on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Cronulla Sharks, sort of.
The Tigers are actually playing the Glen Innes Magpies, who will be wearing a special Cronulla Sharks strip in Memory of Debbie Stapleton, whose life was recently tragically cut short by Melanoma.
The Stapleton family from Deepwater have been stalwarts of the Magpies in juniors, seniors and on the sideline, with all three sons Nathan, Brett and Perry playing for the club.
Nathan Stapleton now plays with the Cronulla Sharks in the NRL, who have donated 20 special-edition jerseys, which will be worn by the Magpies in the first grade game.
After the game the jerseys will be auctioned off to the highest bidder and the proceeds given to the Stapleton family, the Melanoma Foundation, and also to Mia Johnson and her family as she battles cancer.
The Tigers allowed for the draw to be changed so the game could be played at Glen Innes on the Sunday and president James Sheather said they were happy to support the event.
“It’d be good to see everyone get out there and support it,” Sheather said.
“It should be a great game of footy and it’d be interesting to see if there’s a few Sharks players there too,” he added.
One Sharks player who will definitely be there is Nathan Stapleton, who will be running water, while his brothers will play for the Magpies.
Glen Innes coach Dale Keegan was unsure which Sharks players will be there on Sunday, but said it’s likely a few will come up with Stapleton.
Keegan said he is expecting a tough contest from the Tigers as both sides are looking for a win to get their season back on track.
Gates will open at 11am for the ladies league tag game, with juniors at midday followed by reserves and the main event at 3pm, before the auction will commence at the Services Club at 6pm and go on into the night.