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Kay Van Norton Poche backs Sea Eagles quest for NRLW team

Kay Van Norton Poche, one of the Club’s great benefactors, has shown her fantastic support for the establishment of a Manly Warringah Sea Eagles NRLW team.

As a leading philanthropist and Indigenous Health Advocate, as well as a very passionate Manly supporter, Kay has generously contributed a large amount of money to the Sea Eagles Foundation which will assist in funding the drive for an NRLW team.

Part of the money will also be used towards the setting up of Manly’s 2023 Tarsha Gale Cup female team.

The Tarsha Gale Cup is an Under 19 female junior representative competition and is the first step in the creation of a complete Sea Eagles female pathway program with the intention to apply for a NRLW licence for the 2025 season.

The first invitational trials for the Tarsha Gale Cup team will be held at the Sydney Academy of Sport at Narrabeen on Wednesday, September 21.

Through Kay’s support this year, the Poche Indigenous Health Network proudly sponsored the Sea Eagles Junior Representative teams with their logo featured across the playing strips of the Harold Matthews, SG Ball and Jersey Flegg jerseys.

“Kay absolutely loves her Manly Sea Eagles. For many years now, Kay has been a great supporter of our Club and her kind generosity is very much appreciated,'' said Manly CEO Tony Mestrov.

“Through her passion, we have been able to showcase the great work the Poche Indigenous Health Network do throughout Australian communities.

“The Poche Indigenous Health Network has featured prominently across the front of a number of Sea Eagles jerseys including the NRL Indigenous Round, Women in League, and our junior representative teams.

“We look forward to working with Kay again as we enter this exciting new venture with our Tarsha Gale team as we continue to drive towards a Sea Eagles NRLW team.”

The Sea Eagles Foundation directly supports Manly’s long-term success both on and off the field through investments in community engagement initiatives; junior development programs, the Sea Eagles Pathways Academy; and events and experiences to honour and celebrate the rich history and heritage of the Club.

Established in 2020, in partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF), the Sea Eagles Foundation exists to ensure the sustained success of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles well into the future.

By furthering engagement with the past, as well as establishing new and exciting projects, the Sea Eagles Foundation gives our loyal Members, fans and supporters a chance to directly contribute to the club.

Learn more here about how you can be involved in the Sea Eagles Foundation


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