The Tathra Sea Eagles will rally behind one of their own in the final round dubbed “Our day for Emma”.
Officials said the closing game of the regular season against the Bermagui Breakers would see the Sea Eagles fundraising for Eaglettes player Emma Orr.
“Unfortunately, Emma has been hit by a recent diagnosis of a brain tumour,” a spokeswoman for the club said.
The spokeswoman said Emma and her husband Josh were active members of the community and sponsored community events, so it was only natural to pay back some support during their challenging time.
“Our Day for Emma has been organised by the Aussie Rules Club with the assistance of Tathra's lady bowlers and local businesses to help Emma, Josh and their young family with some of the medical expenses they are sure to face,” the spokeswoman said.
The club will host the Bermagui Breakers in all three senior grades and two junior matches with fundraising efforts to go throughout.
Club officials said the Eagles were a proud family club and were keen to do what they could in support of Emma and her family.
Tathra ladies bowlers will host a cake stall as well as the usual canteen and Za’s Coffee.
A number of businesses have also shown their support for the family with a number of prizes on offer in a raffle to be drawn after the games on Saturday night.
“Tickets will be on sale all day at our home game with tickets just $5 or three for $10,” the spokeswoman said.
Club members will meet at the Tathra Beach Bowling Club for the raffle drawing and match presentations with the club providing some nibbles for the occasion.
Officials said there were 20 major prizes on offer ranging from $50 in value up to $400.
There is always plenty on the line when the Sea Eagles face the Bermagui Breakers with the coveted Kenny Jack Cup up for grabs, but a spokesman for the club said this occasion would add even more spark for the hosts to put on a good spectacle for fans.
“We would encourage everyone to get along to the game and help out where they can,” a spokesman said.
“This is devastating news for Emma and her family and we want to ensure they’re also not worried by the burden of medical costs.”
Emma’s team – the Sea Eaglettes – will finish the season as minor premiers if they clinch the result on Saturday and will move forward as premiership favourite into the finals.
Meanwhile, a win would cement the senior Eagles into third place on the ladder and award the club a home game in the minor semi-final.
After a surprise loss to the Breakers in their last encounter, the Sea Eagles will be looking to reverse the result.
Games run at Tathra’s Lawrence Park from 8.45am with seniors from 11.50am.