Special meaning for final round
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Norths Devils might be out of the finals race for 2016 but fresh off a BYE and with several upset wins over strong opposition during 2016 they will not be a team the Townsville & Districts Mendi Blackhawks will be taking lightly.
Also coming off a BYE the Mendi Blackhawks will travel to Bishop Park this Sunday to take on the Devils in the final round of the regular season.
When the two teams last met in Round 13 the Mendi Blackhawks took the spoils in a 32-12 win at home. With nothing to lose and a home ground advantage the Devils will present a formidable challenge this weekend.
The Mendi Blackhawks will be hoping for a strong hit out in Round 25 as they head into their second consecutive finals series in as many years.
The final round of each Intrust Super Cup season will be dedicated as the “Turn To Me” round in order to reinforce the message of mateship over the long off-season.
The “Turn to Me” campaign was initiated by Isaak Ah Mau, Petero Civoniceva and Ipswich Jets Chairman Steven Johnson after the passing of a couple of young, talented rugby league players in 2013.
The prevalence of depression in the young men and women who participate in our sport drove Ah Mau, Civoniceva and Johnson to look for a concept that would encourage these people to reach out for help.
To reach out to a coach, to a player, to a mate.
Each club has had a member of their organisation trained in mental health first aid to ensure they are competent in recognising the signs and providing assistance if and when required.
The outcome of matches played this weekend will determine the venues and opponents of the Final Series. Keep your eyes on our website and social media for the exciting announcements of our Finals information next week.
If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties, there is help available:
headspace: headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. Information and services for young people, their families and friends as well as health professionals can be accessed through https://www.headspace.org.au
Lifeline: Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. People call Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis line on 13 11 14
Black Dog Institute: Founded in 2002, the Black Dog Institute is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illnesses, and the promotion of wellbeing.
Kids Helpline: Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. To contact Kids Helpline, call 1800 55 1800