Storm hardman Nelson Asofoa-Solomona sported a colourful hairdo in his side’s win over the Raiders — and there was a touching reason behind it.
Asofoa-Solomona coloured his hair in memory of Bella Tripp — the daughter of Storm chairman, Matt.
Bella sadly passed away on Friday aged 14 after a long and brave battle with Leukaemia.
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The Storm released a statement confirming the heartbreaking news regarding one of their “most passionate and courageous family members.”
The board, players, coaches and staff will honour Bella’s life and her passion and love for the club in the coming weeks,” the statement read.
“Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with Matt and Yas, Bella’s older brother Alex and sister Matti, and the entire Tripp family during this difficult time.”
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All players and staff wore black arm bands during Saturday’s games and the players shared a huddle prior to kick-off to pay tribute to Bella.
But Asofoa-Solomona went an extra step.
Asofa-Solomona visited Bella in hospital last week and promised to colour his hair to whatever she picked out in her drawing of him.
The star prop turned up to McDonalds Park, Wagga Wagga with blue and orange hair just for Bella.
Asofa-Solomona certainly played his heart out for Bella. He finished the game with 101 running metres, a try assist, two tackle busts, an offload and 14 tackles with zero misses.
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