On Saturday 13 May, John Paul College (JPC) hosted their biennial Pink Round of The Associated Schools (TAS) against visiting school St Columban’s.

Held the day before Mother’s Day, the event had dual significance as students played in support of the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and to honour their own mums and female role models.

The JPC Pink Round has raised more than $1500 for the BCNA so far, and the event is a beloved one on the school calendar.

Firsts Netball captain, Sophie Wormwell, said “I look forward to playing in Pink Round because it’s a good chance for the schools to unite together to support a cause and the significance of the round brings a lot more people to the court, making it more special.”

This air of significance is added to by the pink jersey ceremony for the First XV Rugby team, kindly sponsored by RAMS Home Loan Centre Brisbane South.

After a few words from their captain, each player was then presented with their jersey to signify the women they played for in the Pink Round. Running onto the field in Pink with their mums, sisters, coaches, and mentors was certainly a memorable moment in the JPC Rugby season.

JPC Rugby Team in May Pink Round
JPC Rugby Team in May Pink Round

“For us, it’s so important to support the breast cancer community,” said on-field captain Wesley Aufai.

“We love looking pretty in pink,” added off-field captain Michael Kendall.

The atmosphere was a bright one with Firsts teams dressed in their pink uniforms and a sea of pink supporters dotting the courts and fields across the morning.

The competition was fierce, but JPC Firsts Hockey girls came out with the win. Bridie Dennis, captain of the team, loves the energy on Pink Round, describing it as ‘supportive, positive and energetic.’

With just three rounds to go until they face off against the other seven TAS schools in finals, the teams will be training hard and competing fiercely over the next few weeks to secure Premiership positions.

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