Footy rivals to clash for White Ribbon Cup in Pirie

LEADERS: Port's Tim Byerlee, left, and Solomontown's Corey Davey set the example for their team-mates in campaigning against the scourge of domestic violence.
LEADERS: Port's Tim Byerlee, left, and Solomontown's Corey Davey set the example for their team-mates in campaigning against the scourge of domestic violence.

Footballers from traditional rival clubs Port and Solomontown will show off their gentler side at Memorial Oval on Friday night.

The players will take part in the White Ribbon Round backed by the Spencer Gulf League at 8pm.

Moments before the match, the teams will take the field in a half-circle to recite the White Ribbon Oath led by White Ribbon Ambassador Greg Mayfield.

This will be their way of supporting the White Ribbon Foundation in its campaign against domestic violence. After the ceremony, it will be a serious clash for the White Ribbon Cup between some of the north's best players.

The event has been sponsored by Victim Support Service, Mav Media and Mark Hanlon's Intersport.

Kim Mavromatis, of Mav Media, made a video to promote the occasion.

The video, which is on The Recorder website, features Bulldogs captain Tim Byerlee, Cats midfielder Corey Davey and SGL president Les Promnitz.

Byerlee said that, as always, his club would have a "red-hot crack" at Solomontown and would be mindful of the campaign against domestic violence. He said abuse of women was more common that many realised.

Davey echoed those sentiments and said it was quite upsetting that one women died every week as a result of domestic violence committed by men.

"We should 100 per cent respect women," he said.

Mr Promnitz said it was shocking that one in four women was a victim of domestic violence committed by men.

"The league needs to do what it can to reduce that number," he said.

He hoped the White Ribbon Round would spread the foundation's message to the public and players.

Players in the match will wear white arm-bands as a sign of support for the cause.

Field and boundary umpires will don White Ribbon socks for their roles in officiating at the clash.

The socks were supplied thanks to Jenny Lewis and Victim Support Service.

Ms Lewis is a member of the Domestic Violence Action Group which is playing a role in organising the round.

The group will host a stall at the oval to sell memorabilia and promote a raffle.

At half-time, group members will walk around the oval while holding a blanket and inviting spectators to toss in cash for the cause.

The oath will be recited at Port Augusta before the Lions-West Augusta match on Saturday and at the city's White Ribbon Cup fixture between rivals South Augusta and Central Augusta on Sunday.