Sydney Swans to wear black armbands to honour lives lost in Bondi Junction massacre

Samantha Rogers
The Nightly
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The Sydney Swans will wear black armbands to honour the lives lost in the Bondi Junction tragedy in their SCG clash with Gold Coast on Sunday.
The Sydney Swans will wear black armbands to honour the lives lost in the Bondi Junction tragedy in their SCG clash with Gold Coast on Sunday. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos

The Sydney Swans will wear black armbands to honour the lives lost in the Bondi Junction tragedy in their SCG clash with Gold Coast on Sunday.

The club released a statement on Monday morning, extending the support offered to players and staff following the “traumatic event” to the wider community.

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“The Sydney Swans extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of those killed in the horror that unfolded at Bondi Junction on Saturday,” the statement read.

“There are no words to adequately capture the devastation and loss that has occurred, at a place that is so familiar to many at our club.

“We are all shocked and have heavy hearts as we join the community in grieving the loss of innocent lives. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims, those who are still undergoing treatment, and everyone impacted.

“This traumatic event will be felt by our community for some time to come.

“We are working to support our staff and players who have been affected, and we are here to support our wider Sydney Swans family.

“We encourage anyone deeply troubled by this tragedy to seek support through services such as Lifeline.

“As a small gesture and mark of respect, our teams will wear black armbands in matches this weekend, while we will pause to pay tribute ahead of our AFL match against the Gold Coast at the SCG on Sunday.”

The Swans also revealed their March to the Match will not go ahead this weekend.

North Melbourne wore armbands in their clash with Geelong on Sunday, as the club honoured the life of Ashlee Good, one of the victims who tragically lost her life on Saturday.

Ashlee is the daughter of past Kangaroos player and former board member Kerry Good.

Ashlee’s nine-month old daughter Harriet also suffered injuries in the attack.

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