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Spirit of sportsmanship act wins fair play award

It was round one of the 2019 Macarthur Football Association season. The combatants in the under 15 girls clash were Ingleburn Eagles SC and Eschol Park Wolves FC and there were just a few seconds before the referee blew the fulltime whistle.

And that’s when it happened: Eschol Park goalkeeper Jemma Warburton injured her wrist.

Without hesitation or delay, Ingleburn’s Tamara Robbins ran over to console Jemma.

The image above was captured by Wim Kantona and shared with the Macarthur Football Association by Jemma’s father, Andrew, so it could be posted on their Facebook page.

This image remains the most popular post of the year with 374 reactions, 32 comments and 18 shares.

Comments from those that interacted with the post included:

“This is what football is about” and “Now that is good sportsmanship! What a kind young girl to do that. She has a beautiful heart.”

Now Tamara Robbins has won further recognition by taking out the Football NSW Fair Play award.

Tamara, 15, who had been nominated by Macarthur Football Association, was presented with the award at this week’s NSW Football season presentation dinner.

Among the state award recipients were Paul Ellis from Macarthur Football Association and Glenn Sheaves from Southern Districts Soccer Football Association.

The 2019 state award winners.

State award winners are nominated by their association in recognition of their tireless efforts and service to football in their local community.

State awards formally recognise individuals who have provided consistent and valuable service at any level – club, Association, Branch or State.

These contributions may include services such as: committee member, coach, manager, match official, canteen manager or grounds person.