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The SMJFL Interleague squads not only rallied on-field, but also off the field for a cause close to many players involved.

Will Murray is a close friend to many of the 2016 interleague players, as he had been selected in the Under 13 squad in 2015. Since an accident earlier this year, the local community has truly come together in support.

Players and parents, friends and family dug deep during the development program in order to raise what money they could for the Will Murray Trust.

The total moneys raised through gold coin collection,

plus some individuals’ earnings was…….


SMJFL Director of Coaching (Interleague) David Sheridan was a driving force and primary tin-rattler at the weekly Stars’ training nights.

“I would like to personally thank the players and parents from the Under 13, Under 14, Under 15 Boys and Under 15 Girls squads who contributed a gold coin each week at training since February, to the Will Murray trust. The total funds raised will make a small contribution towards the care regime dedicated to Will’s rehabilitation.”

The Under 14 squad was the most obvious in their support for Will as many of whom were Will’s teammates. Both the Under 14 teams wore orange socks for the duration of the carnival, as a nod to the former teammate, and as an extension of the Buxton Orange Socks Day fundraising drive.

“They embodied the “Where’s there a Will” theme as motivation throughout the carnival.

And it worked, resulting in 3 straight wins and a grand final appearance.”

The SMJFL will continue its support for the cause as Sheridan plans for this type of activity to become an annual fundraising effort.

“The whole interleague program is right behind him as he works to rehabilitate.

Nick Murray, father of Will, was very thankful that his teammates and colleagues in the interleague program are supporting Will.”


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