While it may not be played in front of a large and vocal crowd as a result of the lock out caused by the COVID-19 virus and the measures being undertaken to limit its spread, the Sharks will still have plenty of reason to be fired up for their first home game of the season at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium this weekend.
Playing the Storm always seems to lift the intensity and bring out the best in the Sharks, however they will have another special cause to play for on Saturday night.
The plight of Fine Kula, the 21-year-old Sharks forward battling brain cancer, has been pushed somewhat into the background due to the on-going crisis surrounding COVID-19, although not by the Cronulla club or the NRL playing group.
Bucket collections in support of the ‘Fight For Fine’ appeal were planned for the round two match, with a number of other initiatives, including a major fundraising event, now put on hold.
But that won’t stop the players recognising their young teammate, with a ‘Fight For Fine’ run-through banner planned for game day, as playing for their mate is set to add motivation in case the Sharks needed any extra incentive ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Still undergoing intensive treatment and being cared for in Westmead Hospital, Kula will be looking for a television screen or device so he can watch and cheer the Sharks on from afar come Saturday night.
“I’ll be watching the boys and supporting them from the hospital,” Fine said. “And I’m grateful and thankful for all the ongoing support I’ve been receiving from the Sharks fans and family “
With around the clock care necessary as he continues his fight, the Sharks encourage the rugby league community to help Fine and his family in this time of need.
The GoFundMe page set up by the Sharks is still open, with all donations greatly appreciated.
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