FOR supporters of Port Kembla and Wollongong United, there is no tomorrow.
Season over. Hopes ended. Dreams dashed.
For 51 disadvantaged children, there is something to look forward to. A date to remember. A chance to smile.
They don't care what's on the line during tomorrow's elimination final at Macedonia Park.
They're just grateful even one of the players on show cares about making an impact long after the final ball has been kicked in anger for the season.
That's where Port Kembla's engine room enforcer Karouna Micheal comes in.
On the field Micheal does the work no-one else wants to do, the tackles that need to be made and the runs that need to be tracked.
Off the field Micheal does the work that everyone should do, lending help to those who really need it.
Through his work with the KidzWish Foundation, Micheal teamed up with Port Kembla to this week make a $2550 donation to the charity. It was the proceeds of Port Kembla's recent Gala Ball Dinner at the Fraternity Club.
It means 51 sick, disabled and disadvantaged children from the Illawarra will now be able to attend the Stockland KidzWish Christmas Party at the WIN Entertainment Centre in November.
"Karouna has been a very loyal player for our club," Zebras president Emilio Salucci said. "He's been there with us for a number of years and off the field he has been absolutely immense."
Let's just say the feeling's mutual.
"Port Kembla are one of the more professional clubs in the Illawarra and it's part of the reason I've been so loyal to them," Micheal said.
"For them to give back to the community - even though they're also a not-for-profit [organisation] - especially to a local charity, is all credit to the club. It's a huge achievement by them."
And a huge achievement by Port Kembla to even be playing in the finals considering their mid-season plight.
With injuries to the wrong players at the wrong time, Micheal has been the glue which has held the midfield together. So much so that he finished head and shoulders above his teammates in the competition's best and fairest standings.
"It was a bit of a surprise when the boys told me I was up there," said Micheal.