Mandurah rugby sides come together to raise funds for cause close to the heart

The Mandurah Storm Rugby League Club and Mandurah Pirates Rugby Union Club will cross the line dividing their sports in an effort to raise funds for player Liam McLenaghan, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, when they meet in their Clash of the Codes match this Saturday, September 8.

Both clubs will look to pack out Meadow Springs Sports Facility in an effort to drum up funds to help Liam through his fight with cancer, with all proceeds made on the day going towards the McLenaghan family.

The 15-year-old has been heavily involved in Mandurah’s rugby scene, playing full seasons at both clubs while refereeing at a high level as well.

The Mandurah Storm and Pirates rugby clubs will be fundraising to help player Liam McLenaghan through his battle with leukaemia this Saturday. Photo: Supplied.

The Mandurah Storm and Pirates rugby clubs will be fundraising to help player Liam McLenaghan through his battle with leukaemia this Saturday. Photo: Supplied.

Both the Storm and Pirates will take each other on in an exhibition match with a mixed bag of rules from both the league and union codes on the day, while club members rattle donation tins around the ground.

Already boosting the collection is a $6000 donation from MSP Engineering, generated by the construction team (which employs several workers with connections to the local rugby scene) safely meeting weekly stretch targets for installation of structural steel at their Kwinana-based site.

Each time more than 100 tonnes of steel have been installed in a week, MSP and Pacific Industrial Company have each set aside $1000, with Liam chosen as the first beneficiary of the scheme.

Mandurah Pirates under 15s coach Kevin Brown said the donation’s support was invaluable.

“For MSP and PIC to pitch in $6000, it goes so far beyond what we would have drummed up with a sausage sizzle,” he said.

“This is going to be a huge day for both clubs so to have them come on board is amazing.”

The day will open with an under 15s match and junior presentations, before the clash of the codes game kicks off at 2pm.

Western Force champion Matt Hodgson will also attend the day.