Xavier Slezak to play in U15 Division 1 Grand Final

Two years ago on Grand Final Day East Sydney won the U13 Div 1 premiership. Earlier that season one of their players, Xavier Slezak, was diagnosed with leukemia. During his long stint of debilitating chemo treatment his team videoed every game they played, so that Xavier could watch the matches in hospital, where he’d make notes and give feedback to the team. That year East won the premiership, with Xavier there as a not very well, yet official assistant coach in the designated coaching area. On April 27 this year, 732 days after his diagnosis, Xavier completed his treatment and returned to playing football. And on Sunday, Xavier returns to Macquarie University for a Grand Final, this time as a player in the East Sydney U15 Div 1 team, a truly remarkable and wonderful feat. We do thank and congratulate Xavier on his courage and inspiration and also the East Sydney Football club, whose support of Xavier encapsulates the best of what there is in our game, the sense of kindred-ship and value of community we seek to foster and the life enriching experiences we enjoy from being together.