Western men step up for DV awareness round
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Cunnamulla Rams and Charleville Comets met on the field for the first time in months to play the Deadly Choices Shield on Saturday.
Hosted by Cunnamulla, the annual competition was a chance to support the Not Now, Not Ever campaign and it's mission to raise awareness of domestic violence.
"Footy is a sport that we love in our communities,” Rams coach Ethan Capewell said.
"Everyone comes together to watch the footy, so there is no better platform to raise awareness.”
On the field, the Comets pulled off a 26-14 win, which was applauded by the hosts.
"Charleville may have only come down with 13 players, with 12 towards the end, so for them to still hold the lead by the end of the game is an absolute credit to them, Capewell said.
"They put in the effort and dug deep, and had a good, young, fit side who just kept coming.
"They didn't take one step back the whole way. Lots of tries were scored on the wing, and up in the forwards was always good.”
Capewell believes the DV awareness round always brings out the best in both sides.
"I think the DV round makes all the men stand up, because they understand what we are trying to do and we achieved that pretty well,” he said.
"This is a way for the men in our communities to be role models.
"Before the game we called out every individual's name and presented them with their jerseys.
"In that way, they are being welcomed to take a leap and be the person who says no to domestic violence.