NO.1 OVAL will take on a decidedly pink look this Sunday when last year’s Group 11 grand finalists Dubbo CYMS and Parkes come together.
Two points will be on the line but the day is also a chance for spectators to come together and help raise some valuable funds for the McGrath Foundation.
As reported in last Wednesday’s Daily Liberal, CYMS junior and former NRL star Andrew Ryan will return to the playing paddock for the match and the Fishies will wear a set of specially-designed green and pink jerseys, which will be auctioned at the post-match presentation.
CYMS official Martin Cook said the club is keen to do its part to help a worthwhile cause but it is also a big day on the football field.
“It’s nice that clubs realise they are in a position to easily help charities and it paints the game of rugby league in a positive light to do that,” Cook said.
“There’s also a chance we may be able to expose the game to a wider audience and some of those people may come back to future games.
“It’s great that Andrew was available to get back for the match and having him back to finish it where it all started will be great.
“Macquarie did a similar thing a few weeks ago, and we will do a thing similar to them where spectators wearing green will get entry to the ground for just $5. We want as many people to wear their green gear as possible.”
On the field the clash between the two clubs promises to be a ripper.
CYMS currently holds down second place on the Group 11 ladder, one point clear of the Spacemen and the loser on Sunday will face a tough task to finish in the top two.
“Whoever loses could end up down in fourth if Nyngan beat Macquarie so there is plenty at stake for both clubs,” Cook said.
“The under-18s will also be a big match because Parkes won the competition last year and CYMS are probably favourites to win it this year.”