Hafey given helping hand

The Central Highlands Men’s team helped one of their own recently following a major injury.

Team Manager Jay Edwards presented the $1,000 cheque to Springsure’s Anthony Hafey after recent fundraising efforts to help the young back-rower out.

The donation was an idea by the playing group to help their mate, who sustained a serious knee injury whilst playing for Central Highlands at this year’s 47th Battalion Rugby League Carnival in Yeppoon.

Due to the unfortunate injury, Hafey missed time at work and as a result, lost income.

The money was raised by the players and staff of the Men’s team through a simple raffle with the idea to establish a “look after your mate” policy within the team.

Edwards believes the initiative will help players feel more a part of the Central Highlands team and fuel the burning desire to play for their region.

“Generally, representative teams don’t have a lot of time to create a bond but if a healthy culture is set, new players will feel a part of the team a lot quicker,” said Edwards.

“Establishing a “look after your mate” policy is only a small part of the culture goal but will ultimately help players who get injured playing for Central Highlands.

“Moving forward, I really hope our players gain that burning desire to proudly represent their region again and even though it’s a little tougher here in the Highlands trying to fit footy in with work rosters and family time, we have seen a good increase in players wanting to represent Central Highlands over the past few seasons and I hope for that to continue in the future.”

Planning is already underway for next year’s Central Highlands representative campaign with the 2018 coaching staff to be announced in the coming days.


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