The friendly off-field rivalry between the Kingsley Amateur Football Club pair over sporting the best mullet by the end of the season is aimed at raising funds in the fight against breast cancer.
Glossop, nicknamed Pnut, for no particular reason according to the loveable larrikin, said he hadn’t thought much about how breast cancer affected the lives of women and their families until his mother, Valerie Glossop, was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.
The footballer’s mother had a mastectomy and then several months of chemotherapy, which Glossop said took a toll on all the family.
The 26-year-old, who lives with his mother and 29-year-old brother Justin in Regent Waters, said the cancer scare made him realise just how much mothers helped their children.
‘I was devastated when mum got sick,’ he said.
‘It was gut-wrenching watching her struggle as she tried to do the everyday things my brother and I had taken for granted.
‘I took time off work when mum had to go to chemo, to be her chemo buddy if you like, and I had to take up a lot of the slack at home, especially for a while there when Justin was on an overseas holiday he had planned.
‘Things were tough for all of us and I don’t take mum for granted now. I certainly remember her on Mother’s Day.’
Counsel (20), of Kingsley, said after running amok with Glossop on and off the field for a few years, he was keen to help raise awareness of the how breast cancer affected families.
‘Pnut’s no ordinary peanut, you know, but we like to give him heaps,’ Counsel said.
‘He had a great idea to raise money to fight cancer and I’m happy to help him.
‘I broke my ankle and a tibia bone in the first match of the season and I won’t be able to play again this year.
‘But that’s nothing when you think of the suffering from cancer.’
Teammates and other members of the KAFC family have got behind the pair and are having some friendly wagers on which mullet will be judged fairest and best by a panel of the club’s finest patrons at the end of the season.
In a show of support, some of Kingsley’s other players plan to dye their hair pink, wear pink armbands and use pink laces in their boots.
Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in women of all ages.
For more information on the KAFC’s breast cancer appeal and to donate you can email the club at email@example.com