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From the Sea Eagles NRL Club to the Gundagai Tigers Under 16s and the Freemantle Roosters Under 6s in WA, almost 10,000 Rugby League players, referees and supporters across Australia will wear pink socks this month to celebrate this week’s 2012 Harvey Norman Women in League Round.

The hot pink socks, which are part of the McGrath Foundation’s “Pull On Your Socks” campaign for the 2012 Harvey Norman WIL Round (June 22-25), have been so popular they sold out in four weeks (with an additional waiting list of 3000), contributing over $100,000 in funds for breast care nurses.

Along with pink socks and pink Steeden match balls, seven NRL Clubs will wear pink versions of their playing jerseys, while 18 players from 11 clubs including Sharks and NSW VB Blues captain Paul Gallen, will wear pink Blades boots during celebrations for Harvey Norman WIL Round in Round 16 of the Telstra Premiership. 

The WIL Round officially kicks off on Tuesday (June 19) with a lunch in Sydney to name the Harvey Norman “Favourite Son”, an award voted on by women within the game for an NRL player they would be proud to call their son. Among the 10 finalists are Luke Burt (Eels), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Braith Anasta (Roosters) and Terry Campese (Raiders).

“Selling out of the socks in four weeks is a remarkable feat and credit must go to the grass-roots clubs who continue to embrace the Women in League spirit and support such a worthwhile cause at the same time,” said ARL Commission General Manager of Community, Culture and Diversity, Ms Trish Crews.

“The McGrath Foundation has been the charity partner of the Harvey Norman Women in League Round for three years now, with thousands of fans supporting not only the funding of McGrath Breast Care Nurses but also the essential and valued role of women in Rugby League in Australia and New Zealand.

“Now in its sixth year, Harvey Norman Women in League gives a platform to recognise and thank close to 60,000 women involved in the game – from mothers and fans, to coaches, players, referees, first aid officers and board directors.”

The pink socks will be worn by grass roots-club players from NSW, Queensland, ACT and Western Australia as well as the Sea Eagles in their clash with the Roosters at Allianz Stadium next Sunday during the official Harvey Norman WIL Round.

McGrath Foundation Director and Ambassador, Tracy Bevan, is thrilled by the support for the McGrath Foundation from NRL teams, players and fans right across Australia.

“It’s amazing the support we’ve received already this year, with a sell-out of socks for our Pull On Your Socks campaign, and junior rugby league players keen to ‘pink up’ and show their support for the McGrath Foundation.

“With $200,000 raised last year and $100,000 raised already this year, we’re hoping NRL fans will be even more generous at this weekend’s games, helping us expand our network of 74 McGrath Breast Care Nurses.”

McGrath Foundation volunteers will also be out in force at the Panthers (Saturday, June 23) and Roosters (Sunday, June 24) games selling limited edition pink scarves and wigs for $10 each.

The Panthers’ pink jerseys will be auctioned with 50 per cent of the proceeds being donated to the McGrath Foundation. Pink Blades footy boots and Steeden match balls will also be auctioned to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation and other club charities, including the Joanne Mackay Foundation.

In June and July football fields will turn pink right across New South Wales with over 3500 pairs of socks purchased collectively among junior clubs including:

Quakers Hill Destroyers Liverpool Catholic Junior RLC
Gundagai District RLFC Morpeth Schools RLC
The Rouse Hill Rhinos  Hills Bulls JRLFLC
South Lakes Roosters JRLCFC Holy Cross Rhinos JRLFC
Campbelltown Warriors Moree Junior Rugby League Club
The Entrance Junior RLC Penrith Waratahs
Terrigal Wamberal RLC Cessnock Minor Rugby League Club
Campbelltown Warriors Maroubra Lions RLFC


In Queensland, the Bundaberg Rugby League Referee Association will don pink socks to referee every game across the first weekend in July, while juniors at Southern Suburbs in Cairns and Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast will also show their support.

In Canberra the Gungahlin Bulls MRLFC and the Valley Dragons JRLFC will wear pink socks, while in WA, the South Perth RLC Seniors and the Fremantle Junior Roosters are leading the charge in the campaign.

While the pink socks have sold out, clubs are still able to register to fundraise via, with the opportunity to win prizes for their club including a visit from a One Community Ambassador, Steeden footballs, pink NRL Women in League jerseys and signed NSW State of Origin, Kangaroos and All Stars jerseys.

Across the country and in New Zealand Clubs will be getting in the spirit of the Harvey Norman WIL Round, with NRL and grass-roots clubs hosting their own celebrations.

Club Functions and Activities

Harvey Norman Women in League Official NRL Events

18 June

Sydney NSW

Rugby League’s Executive Cocktail Function, State Library of NSW

19 June

Albion Park, Illawarra NSW

Illawarra Girls Tackle and Gala Day

19 June

Sydney NSW

Harvey Norman Women in League Sydney Lunch, The Deckhouse Restaurant, Woolwich

20 June

Hickeys Lane, Penrith NSW

The All Girls Gala Day in Western Sydney - 150 primary school and 150 senior students

21 June

Ipswich QLD

Harvey Norman Women in League Dinner Ipswich, Woodlands of Marburg, Marburg

22 June

WIN Stadium, Wollongong NSW

Illawarra High School Girls Gala Day grand finalists will play a 15min game between the Dragons NYC and NRL matches

23 June

Centrebet Stadium, Penrith NSW

NSW v QLD women’s Interstate Challenge prior to the NYC match at Penrith. Half-time and full-time - two U8 all girls teams from the Parramatta District. 

24 June


Allianz Stadium, Moore Park NSW

A junior girls team from the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney will play a team from Mascot Public School representing the South Sydney region

26 June

Bathurst NSW

Harvey Norman Women in League Dinner Bathurst, at the Carrington Function Centre and Theatre

28 June

Bundaberg QLD

Harvey Norman Women in League Dinner Bundaberg, at the Across the Waves Sports Club













Harvey Norman Women in League Official NRL Club Events

16 June


Harvey Norman Women in League Afternoon Tea with local teachers from the Sutherland Shire

18 June


Annual Women in League Luncheon  at the Chairman’s Lounge

19 June


Women in League Cocktail Function with onsite training session at Dairy Farmers Stadium

20 June


Ladies “Knight” at the Movies

20 June

Wests Tigers

Women in League Cruise and Luncheon

22 June


Launch of Broncos’ Fillies, invite only, Suncorp Stadium

22 June


Under 12s All Girls Rugby League demonstration at half-time. 30 Female volunteers to also form the guard of honour for the Broncos to start the game at Suncorp Stadium.

22 June


Women's Rugby League Exhibition match featuring two teams from the Illawarra Women's League

22 June

Sea Eagles

Lavazza's Eagles Angels Ladies Lunch hosted by Erin Molan and Melinda Gainsford-Taylor

22 June


Pink Golf Day at  Panthers Wallacia

23 June


70 female Junior League volunteers from Central and North Queensland to host guard of honour at the Cowboys v Raiders game

26 June


Women in League Breakfast, Souths on Chalmers, Redfern



Women in League Luncheon

1 July


High Tea Fundraiser for "Look good, feel better"

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