Taking a knee for James Ackerman in fitting league tributes
Jun
28
2015

THE Sunshine Coast rugby league community paid tribute to fallen Sunshine Coast Falcons player James Ackerman at grounds across the region yesterday.

Local clubs honoured the 25-year-old's life through a series of initiatives played out on suburban grounds.

The acknowledgments started with players and officials taking to the field five minutes before kick-off as they positioned themselves at the central point of the halfway line.

Members from teams formed a ring around match officials as ground announcers delivered tributes to the former Caloundra junior.

You could have heard a whisper at the Nambour Rugby League ground last night as players and officials took a knee before placing their arms around the shoulders of their team mates as well as opposition players during a minute's silence.

Not a word was spoken before the division one match between the Crushers and Swans.

"I think it is very important to acknowledge him because he loved the sport and at the end of the day everyone is here because they love the sport," Nambour coach Danny Bebbington said.

Teams retired their number eight jerseys in another tribute to the father-of-two, a gesture that was reciprocated across Queensland.

Kawana Rugby League Club president Greg Ingram said his club had been deeply affected by Ackerman's passing.

"It has been that way for everybody," he said.

"It (the tribute) was very moving and they (Rugby League Sunshine Coast) have done a real good job for the rugby league community on this.

"There are players that have played with him that are in the (Kawana) team today so it was pretty special for those blokes.

"It has brought everyone together."

Ackerman died on Monday after suffering a serious head injury during a tackle in the Falcons' game against Norths at Nundah last Saturday. His funeral will be held at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Wednesday.

Donate direct to the Ackerman Family Trust, Bank of Queensland, BSB 124 001, Acc No 1150 0777, Ref No 151 181.

Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/coast-rallies-to-honour-league-player-ackerman/2688315/ 

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