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Kandy Honours Pop with Grand Gesture

For Roosters Women forward Kandy Kennedy, today's history making inaugural NRLW Grand Final is going to be extra memorable.

When Kandy runs out onto the grand stage of ANZ Stadium, she'll be wearing specially painted boots to celebrate the life of her grandfather Alf, who sadly passed away last week.

Kandy said her Pop was always one of her biggest supporters.

"He got to see me play on TV in my first game against the Dragons, the family were with him in the hospital room in Bathurst.

"There were 20 family and friends surrounding him in the room, cheering me on and supporting me. Knowing that he was watching gave me an extra boost and made me feel proud that I have achieved this level.

"He always wanted me to be here, he followed me throughout my football career, telling me that I was good enough to be playing in Sydney with the rest of the girls."

"He was very proud of me when I made it to the Roosters, and with his support and belief it honestly helped me get to where I am today."

Kandy's father painted her boots as a special tribute to Alf and the love he had for his family.

The emblems on the boots represents all of Kandy's family members, and the primary blue colours represents Alf's wonderfully blue eyes.

"The whole thing is about my family and coming together to celebrate Pop, I'll be proud to wear them on Grand Final day and I'll be thinking about him.

"I can't wait to run out in these boots knowing that he's there with me and would be proud that I'm here."

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