August 30 is shaping up to be one of Coolum’s biggest sporting events.
Not only will it be the first time senior rugby league semi-finals have been held in the town, the day will see the the inaugural Delyse Shearer Pink Day.
Delyse, the wife of international, State of Origin and Coolum rugby league player Dale Shearer, passed away in February from liver cancer, after beating breast cancer 13 years previously.
Profits from the event, hosted by the Shearer family and the Coolum Colts rugby league club, will go towards education and information in schools for children coping with the loss of loved ones and towards cancer research.
Shearer’s team, which will be playing in its first Red Rooster Cup semi-final, will wear pink socks to mark the event. There will also be pink beer, pink fairy floss and free entry to anyone wearing a pink shirt.
As well as semi-final action, with two do-or-die C grade games to be played, a number of former Origin greats will play in a touch football exhibition match.
The event, which kicks off at 3pm, will feature something for everyone, with children’s rides, fireworks and live music after the final game.
To contribute to the Delyse Shearer Pink Day, supporters can nominate a dollar amount per point scored by the Colts on the day (a maximum payout can be set) or simply make a donation.
It promises to be an emotional month for Shearer, who this week was named in rugby league’s Indigenous Team of the Century.
Shearer was named alongside current greats Jonathan Thurston and Greg Inglis as well as legends Arthur Beetson and Laurie Daley.
“It’s a great honour – certainly over that period of time,” Shearer said. “It’s a very strong team.”
The former Manly star was particularly pleased to see a couple of his old team-mates Cliff Lyons and Mal Cochrane in the team.
Colts senior football director Dan Kelly said even though Shearer played in the 1987 premiership-winning Manly side, played 25 tests for Australia and was Queensland State of Origin’s highest try scorer, he was “one of ours”.
“Since Dale moved to the Coast, he has been heavily involved in our club,” Kelly said.
“Both of his sons, Jakson and Jesse, have won premierships with us, Dale coached the under-15s to the title in 2006, coached the under-18s this season, plays for our C grade team, is a club sponsor and, to top it off, is on the committee.
“I think that makes him a Colt, don’t you?”