The Sydney Roosters and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will be playing for their first piece of silverware on the Central Coast this weekend, with the foundation of the inaugural Community Cup between the two Clubs.
The creation of this event comes off the back of the Clubs agreeing to play each other in an annual pre-season trial for at least the next four years. The first of these trials is to be contested this Saturday, February 21 at Central Coast Stadium in support of our inaugural Community Cup partner, Bowel Cancer Australia.
Bowel Cancer Australia works to help prevent, detect and manage bowel cancer, the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second biggest cancer killer of Australians. The charity’s work includes funding research, providing patient support services and educating more people about bowel cancer that affects men and women, young and old.
Their current campaign Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late urges Australians to participate in bowel cancer screening which involves a simple at-home test
Julien Wiggins, chief executive, Bowel Cancer Australia said the Community Cup is a great opportunity to raise awareness of this common cancer which 15,000 Australians will be diagnosed with this year
CEO of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Joe Kelly said the establishment of the Community Cup is an important milestone for these two great Clubs and the community as a whole.
“The Sea Eagles and Roosters now have an amazing, annual opportunity to raise awareness for an organisation that does inspirational work within the community, and in 2015 we are proud to be supporting Bowel Cancer Australia.
“The responsibility of an NRL Club goes far beyond simply playing eighty minutes of football each week. We can make a tangible difference in our communities by leveraging off our profile. We hope that each year, and as the Community Cup grows in tradition, that this trial will provide a further platform for organisations such as Bowel Cancer Australia to get their important messages out.”
Sydney Roosters Chief Operating Officer Football, Brian Canavan, echoed the sentiments.
"Both the Roosters and Sea Eagles are clubs with strong ties to the community, and as an extension of our arrangement whereby the two clubs will play an annual trial against each other for at least the next four years, we are pleased to play a role in utilising the game of rugby league to gain exposure for causes via the Community Cup,” Canavan said.
The day will feature each of the Club’s top three grades, as well as membership, merchandise and community information available for both the Sea Eagles and Roosters members and supporters to be located at various points around the venue.
Tickets for the Community Cup clash at Central Coast Stadium are on sale now through Ticketek with both Sea Eagles and Roosters 2015 Members receiving significant discounts on all ticketing options.
The Community Cup
Sydney Roosters v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Saturday, February 21 2015
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
GATES OPEN: 1:45pm
NRL: 6:30pm | NSW CUP: 4:15pm | NYC: 2:00pm
Tickets are on sale now and available via Ticketek.com.au
• 1 in 12 Australians will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.
• Some 1,000 Australians under the age of 50 are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year.
• Symptoms include any persistent change in bowel habits, blood in the bowel movement, bloating and cramping, unexplained weight loss, and severe abdominal pain.
• If detected early, around 90 per cent of bowel cancer cases can be successfully treated.
• Major risk factors include a personal or family history of the disease; being 50+ years old; a history of polyps; ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
• Australians 50 years and over are encouraged to screen every 1-2 years with a FIT (faecal immunochemical test) for bowel cancer