Testing times for Mariners’ mo’s

Australian test cricketer Nathan Bracken comes from a sport well known for its top-class facial hair, and today, the left-arm fast bowler gave the thumbs up to the efforts of the full Central Coast Mariners squad, as it throws its support behind Movember.

Australian test cricketer Nathan Bracken comes from a sport well known for its top-class facial hair, and today, the left-arm fast bowler gave the thumbs up to the efforts of the full Central Coast Mariners squad, as it throws its support behind Movember. With the likes of David Boon, Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh lining the history pages of Moustaches in cricket, today was a chance for the likes of Daniel McBreen and Joshua Rose to write their own chapter, and according to Bracken, they well and truly stood up to the test.

“They-re not bad,” said Bracken.

“The good thing is that it-s the full support of a team. I-ve tried it with New South Wales cricket and it-s a tough one to get across with some of the boys, they want to go out and look good, and growing a mo isn-t fantastic, but it-s great to see all the boys having a crack.

“There are some good ones, and there are some really poor ones, but everybody is having a go.”

The entire Mariners squad, led by the owner of Australian Football-s most famous moustache, Graham Arnold, have got behind the initiative, which Movember is aimed at raising vital funds and awareness for men-s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.

“I have a very good friend who suffered prostate cancer and that got my awareness of this going and then my wife had post-natal depression, so with Beyond Blue being involved and men-s depression not really being noticed, Beyond Blue probably didn-t have as much awareness then, so to try to help that and raise some funds is a great idea,” said Bracken.

And Arnold has revealed that his own personal tragedy has allowed him to understand the importance of such events.

“I lost my mother to Breast Cancer 30 years ago and that always sticks in your mind, what happened with her with Breast Cancer,” Arnold said.

“I-m getting to an age now where Prostate Cancer is something you need to be aware of, so it-s all for a good cause.”

Inspired by the memory of his late mother, Arnold will continue to sport his moustache for the rest of the month, along with the rest of the Mariners squad.

Activites are also planned for Sunday-s Hyundai A-League clash against Brisbane Roar at Bluetongue Stadium, which coincides with Movember Men-s Health round, supported by Cool Ridge Spring Water.

Mariners Members and supporters will have the opportunity to show off their mo-s at half time, with some fantastic prizes on offer, as Bracken lends his support to help judge the best moustache.