Last Saturday afternoon one of our players, Richard Tombs, was involved in an accident during an Over 35s match between Curl Curl and Wakehurst at Lionel Watts and has suffered a serious neck injury.
Richard is in hospital following the accident and is undergoing tests to find out the full extent of his injury.
The MWFA is working with his family and friends to assist in any way possible and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Northern Beaches football family is with Richard and his family at what is a terrible time.
It has also been a tough time for Richards team mates from the Curl Curl Over 35/3 team, as well as their opponents on the day from Wakehurst.
Players from both teams and the President of Curl Curl (David Lavings) and Wakehurst (Greg Dick), gathered last night with a well-respected sports psychologist to help each other through the different emotions they are all feeling and trying to process.
That process will continue over the coming days, weeks and months with the full support of Curl Curl Youth Club, Wakehurst Football Club, the MWFA and the 18,000 local football players.
The outpouring of concern and support from the MWFA football family has been tremendous and shows the camaraderie that exists within the game on the Northern Beaches.
That unity will be important in coming weeks and months as the initial focus on the well-being of Richard and the players from the Curl Curl and Wakehurst Over 35/3 teams expands to fundraising efforts to assist Richards young family.
Football often talks about its huge numbers and participation size. We quite rightly talk with pride about the size of our sport. Now is a time for all of us to unite behind Richard, his family and the players at Curl Curl and Wakehurst.