The prestigious Jo Burling Memorial Game will highlight Lower Great Southern Hockey Association’s annual Cancer Awareness Round on Saturday. Women’s A-grade teams Spencer Park and North Albany will go head to head in the special fixture, in honour of Albany hockey stalwart Jo Burling, who lost her battle with breast cancer at the age of 42. It will be the 21st edition of the match, which was not played last year as Park did not field a women’s A-grade team. Redbacks hold a 9-7 advantage in the memorial game, which has been running since 2000, and won the most recent clash in 2019. Park will wear pink shirts to mark the occasion and Redbacks players will sport pink socks. Redbacks are chasing a fourth straight victory and in the process can move a step closer to securing a top-two finish this season. Youngster Cate McDonald will play in her fourth memorial for Redbacks and said it holds a special meaning. “I know it’s very significant to a lot of people in the hockey community and it’s been around for a long time,” she said. “It’s very important and a lot of my family have played in it. “Jo was a good friend of my mum’s so it very special for me to play in it. “I think it will be pretty close, it’s been pretty close game each time we have versed Spencer Park and hopefully it’s the same this weekend.” First-year Park captain Georgina Lilford said it was a big occasion for her side. “The whole team looks forward to it; it isn’t just about hockey, there is another meaning behind it,” she said. “It definitely relates to a lot people so it makes everybody really excited. “I think it will be a pretty close contest, hopefully we put on a good contest for everybody to watch and hopefully we can play like Jo Burling did back in the day.” The LGSHA and Park will join forces to raise funds across the day with all proceeds going to local cancer organisations and organisers are encouraging spectators to support the cause and come dressed in pink. Women’s B-grade teams Spencer Park 1 and Spencer Park 2 will meet in the annual Kelly York Memorial Game. That game is in memory of the late Kelly York, who was also lost to breast cancer, and will be played at 1.45pm. The Jo Burling Memorial Game will start at 3.15pm.