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Swans to make powerful match-day tribute for Bondi victims

Sydney Swans will pay tribute to the victims of the Bondi stabbing tragedy ahead of their match against Gold Coast this weekend.

Joel Cauchi stabbed six people to death and seriously wounded 12 others in a killing spree before being shot dead by NSW Police Inspector Amy Scott at Westfield Bondi Junction on Saturday afternoon.

The Swans released a statement on Monday, sending their “deepest sympathies to the loved ones of those killed in the horror” and outlining their plan for Saturday’s match at the SCG.

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Players will wear black armbands and they will also pause to pay tribute as a small gesture and mark of respect.

The club have also cancelled their march to the match, which they have been doing for every home this year.

“There are no words to adequately capture the devastation and loss that has occurred, at a place that is so familiar to many at our club,” they said in a statement.

“We are all shocked and have heavy hearts as we join the community in grieving the loss of innocent lives. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims, those who are still undergoing treatment, and everyone impacted.

“This traumatic event will be felt by our community for some time to come.

“We are working to support our staff and players who have been affected, and we are here to support our wider Sydney Swans family. We encourage anyone deeply troubled by this tragedy to seek support through services such as Lifeline.

“As a small gesture and mark of respect, our teams will wear black armbands in matches this weekend, while we will pause to pay tribute ahead of our AFL match against the Gold Coast at the SCG on Sunday.”

It comes as North Melbourne and the AFL are rally around the family of Ashlee Good following the new mother’s death.

The 38-year-old died at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney hours after she and her nine-month-old daughter were stabbed.

Good is the daughter of former Kangaroos player and board member Kerry, a Tasmanian Football Hall of Famer, and his first wife Denise.

North Melbourne president Sonja Hood said the club was “tremendously saddened” by Good’s death, saying she was “well known and loved by many” in its community.

Her father accepted the Kangaroos’ offer for their players to honour Good with black armbands for their game against Geelong on Sunday.

AFL chief executive Andrew Dillon joined the Kangaroos in offering support to the Good family.

“I know so many people who know Kerry, and the family are hurting and the football world is united in its sympathy for the Good family and the many people across our North Melbourne and football community and the wider community who have been affected by this attack,” he said.

“You shudder when you hear the news on Saturday and find it hard to comprehend that an activity that is so normal and so common to every Australian family could end so tragically.”

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