The Manly Warringah Waratahs would like to pass on their condolences to the family and friends of Phil Hughes, who tragically died last Thursday after being struck in the neck in the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and NSW.
We have seen an amazing outpouring of emotion over the last 4 days from the cricket community. It has been heartfelt, real, passionate and moving. It has shown how close-knit the cricket community is, not just in Sydney, but around Australia and indeed, around the world. The community has shown tremendous compassion throughout one of the toughest times the sport has experienced.
Our thoughts are with Sean Abbott who has had to deal with a lot but by all reports is coping as well as possible, with the support of his team mates and friends. He is a great young man who will go far in the game, and we hope to see him back on the field soon. We also keep the NSW and SA players in our thoughts as they deal with what occurred on that fateful day at the SCG.
We especially throw our support behind our own Stephen O’Keefe. SOK joined the whole club at Manly Bowling Club on Saturday for a beer after our games were cancelled and it was great to see him there. The support shown to him by the boys has been amazing.
Cricket is a sport of endurance, of getting through the tough times so that you can enjoy the good. We are seeing the entire cricket family stick together through these tough times, and know that we will endure like never before.