One shining moment during the round two clash with the Storm saw the Sharks run out onto Netstrata Stadium through a special ‘Fight for Fine’ banner, a gesture which showed the Club’s on-going support for one of their own.
Fine Kula, a 21-year-old front rower who had come through the Sharks system, been a member of winning Matthews Cup and Jersey Flegg teams and had spent the summer training with the NRL squad, was diagnosed with brain cancer during the Christmas and New Year period.
Since that time he has had his ups and downs, has been under constant medical care, undergone radiation treatment and is soon to commence chemotherapy.
Driven by Sharks coach John Morris, one of Fine’s closest friends in Ronaldo Mulitalo and the entire NRL playing group, fundraising efforts have been on going in an attempt to cover his medical costs and to make life as comfortable as possible during this extremely difficult period.
One of those efforts of support saw the Sharks NRL Nines squad play in the tournament held in Perth, in jerseys displaying ‘Fight for Fine’ on the back.
Following the Nines the players personally signed their match-worn jerseys, which were then auctioned with all proceeds going directly to Fine and the ‘Fight for Fine’ fund.
And the amounts have been tallied, the jerseys distributed to those generous Sharks fans making the winning bids, with almost $2,800 going towards the fund.
That amount is in addition to the $15,000 raised by his manager Mario Tartak through a GoFundMe page, $3,600 from gold coin donations at the Sharks v Manly trial match and $2,000 raised by the Como Crocodiles at a Sportsman’s luncheon last month. As a junior Kula represented the Como club.
With all those donations in mind, Fine and his family, and the Sharks, thank those people to have contributed for their generosity.
But the fight is certainly far from over, with Fine’s chemotherapy treatments to begin soon.
The Sharks ‘Fight for Fine’ GoFundMe page, which currently totals a little over $6,000, is still open, with all monies collected going directly to Fine and his family. CLICK HERE to make a donation.