Atherton Roosters lead way in fight against brain cancer

Atherton Roosters showed great community spirit, with their 'Beanies for Brain Cancer' round against Cairns Brothers on Saturday resulting in 242 beanies sold and an impressive $6050 raised for Mark Hughes Foundation.

The event was a resounding success for Atherton Roosters club with the NRL touch football women's team taking charge and the club especially wished to thank Cairns Brothers for their support.

Atherton Roosters also teamed up with Bruiza Merenda and his team from Furious Fitness for the Beanies for Brain Cancer fundraiser.

The overwhelming success of the round has resulted in 170,000 MHF beanies being sold, resulting in a sell-out of 2019 stock online and with stockists.

Anyone interested in supporting the cause, can visit: theĀ Mark Hughes Foundation website and purchase a 2018 MHF beanie or other great merchandise.

This year's campaign raised a massive $3.1 million for the Mark Hughes Foundation through beanie sales and online donations.

The Foundation promotes awareness of brain cancer which kills more children than any other disease and people under 40 than any other cancer.

These funds go towards research into better treatments for brain cancer patients, as well as support services for brain cancer patients and their families.

The Atherton Roosters A Grade side dug deep in a high quality game and their gritty determination gave them a 26-16 win over Cairns Brothers at Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium.

The victory was even sweeter as the second half saw the Roosters with only 12 men after one of their players was sent off just minutes before halftime.

After leading 14-4 at the break, Atherton took up the challenge in the second stanza to register an impressive win.

During breaks in three games, Under 7 junior players from Atherton, Herberton, Malanda and Ravenshoe clubs provided great entertainment for the crowd.

The next generation of rugby league stars in the form of Under 7 players from Atherton, Herberton, Malanda and Ravenshoe took to the field during breaks in the games
The next generation of rugby league stars in the form of Under 7 players from Atherton, Herberton, Malanda and Ravenshoe took to the field during breaks in the games

With only four rounds in the regular season, this latest win sees Atherton retain fifth place on the ladder, snapping at the heels of Cairns Brothers who are sitting four points clear of Southern Suburbs and five ahead of Kangaroos.

Cairns Brothers were too strong and defeated Atherton 26-12 in Reserve grade, while Atherton claimed two points in the Under 18 game with a 36-30 win over Cairns Brothers.

This Sunday, August 4 Atherton Roosters will travel to Petersen Park to clash with Edmonton Storm.

Main image: Atherton Roosters A Grade side and coach Graham Clark Snr wore beanies on Saturday, as the club ran a highly successful 'Beanies for Brain Cancer' round which raised over $6000 for Mark Hughes Foundation and they also celebrated a gritty win against Cairns Brothers