The NYC Sharks took to the field today in jerseys featuring ‘Unite for Kurt’ emblazoned on the back in support of badly injured former Cronulla junior rep and 20’s player Kurt Drysdale.
The Sharks Holden Cup team had their jerseys printed with the ‘Unite for Kurt’ message in the week leading up to today’s match against the Melbourne Storm and will play in the special strip for the remainder of the 2015 season.
The young Sharks finished in a 28-all draw with the Storm today, coming back from a 24-point deficit to almost snatch what would have been a remarkable win.
Many of the current Sharks 20’s squad would have played with Drysdale last year in the Holden Cup, in junior reps or before that in junior football for the Cronulla Caringbah club.
Current Sharks junior rep and 20’s players will be at Remondis Stadium on Monday night helping to collect much needed funds for Drysdale who remains in Royal North Shore Hospital as he continues what will be a long and arduous battle to recover from a severe spinal injury.
Along with fundraising efforts at the NRL game against the Storm, a ‘Small Steps for Kurt’ walk will take place on Monday, starting at Heathcote at 8.30am and concluding at Remondis Stadium just prior to the kick off of the main game.
A host of rugby league identities will take part in the walk, which takes in most of the major Sutherland Shire shopping precincts.
The Sharks are also offering a special Unite for Kurt ticket offer for Monday’s game, with $5 from every pre-purchased ticket to be donated to the fund.
This weekend’s NSWRL Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield games were a part of a dedicated Unite for Kurt round.