Pythons team to go bald for cure

IT has been suggested that Uki Pythons coach Joe Scholl's head and a football share many similarities, and not only that they are both round. Scholl has yet again shown the size of his big heart by signing on to accept public ridicule in aid of a good cause at the Uki Hotel this Friday.

Indeed Scholl, along with 20 members of his Pythons squad, will “Shave for a Cure” in support of the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave campaign this month.

Admittedly, Scholl does have a substantial head start on his peers when it comes to hair loss.

“I'm up first so they can warm the clippers up,” Scholl said.

“The problem is that my mug is going to look even more like a football when it's smooth.

“It might make the boys a bit quicker too without the wind resistance.

“Losing their hair certainly won't hurt them... It never hurt me.

“They're always giving me grief about my hair, and so now's a chance to give them heaps back.”

The club hopes to raise $2000 with all funds raised going to the Leukaemia Foundation to continue providing practical care and support to patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

It will also fund research into better treatments and hopefully cures, something Scholl is rather passionate about.

“I lost my sister and 20-year-old niece to these sorts of illnesses,” Scholl said. “Many of the players and members too have been affected by it in some way.”

Scholl was also impressed with the reaction of his squad when he voiced the idea at training.

“Within half a minute of asking, 16 players put their hands straight up, which was an excellent response,” he said.

“They are avid about it and we're all looking forward to a good fun night.”

Several of the players, including captain Dave Stratton have opted to dye their hair instead, and even Football Far North Coast general manager Steve Mackney will join in the fun and get a retro new do.

To make a donation log on to, click on the link “Sponsor a Team,” and type Uki under the team name category.

Alternatively speak to Joe at Wonderwash Laundromat or attend the fun-filled evening at Uki Hotel, which starts at 5pm.

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