“We would not be the club we are today if it was not for Jacquie’s guidance, perseverance and passion to see our young Fijian players realise their potential and achieve their Rugby League dreams and aspirations.”
– Petero Civoniceva, Kaiviti Silktails RLFC Chairman
WITH SO MUCH LOVE
Jacquie Shannon – or better known as ‘Aunty Jacquie’ was the teams inaugural Football Manager appointed in the pre-season of 2019, and later was promoted to club General Manager. She was the backbone of the club, playing an integral part in the establishment of the Kaiviti Silktails RLFC from its inception in 2020 to its current form today.
During the club’s two-year re-location between 2021 and 2022 to Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jacquie was absent from the Silktails Captains Run at the clubs training base at Eastern Suburbs PCYC in Daceyville on June 18, 2022. She was later found that morning unresponsive by the teams coaching staff in her Kingsford Unit.
FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS
In 2023, the Jacquie Shannon Memorial Bowl was created, with all match proceeds going to the clubs newly formed community initiative – The Kaiviti Silktails Community Youth Program, where Jacquie’s silhouette is in the logo design.
As part of what is a Fijian rugby league first, the Kaiviti Silktails RLFC joined forces with the NRL’s VET Pathways team and Australian-based employment, training, and community services provider VERTO, to launch a vocational Certificate IV Youth Work program with 30 Silktails squad members.
As a result of this training, the Kaiviti Silktails Community Youth Program was launched in 2023 in honour of our Aunty Jacquie, and inspired by the Club’s long-standing partnership with PCYC NSW where our Sydney Training Base is. Our players will work for this program delivering 20-30 hours a week of youth work to balance that out with their training commitments.
For the Jacquie Shannon Memorial Bowl, our players wear a commemorative strip featuring the club’s logo.
In 2023, the club was led out on to the field by Silktails Player and Fiji Secondary Schools back rower Fenton Williams, who is the nephew of the lady we all know as Aunty Jacquie.
JACQUIE SHANNON MEMORIAL BOWL
The Inaugural Jacquie Shannon Memorial Bowl was held in 2023, against the Ryde-Eastwood Hawks in Round 16 of the NSWRL Ron Massey Cup at Churchill Park, Lautoka.
The Silktails pushed hard to get the win, and came away victorious, winning 28 – 10.
This victory marked the club’s first trophy win.