DT38 Round: Football West to remember Dylan Tombides this weekend

The National Premier Leagues WA competition will this weekend be rebranded DT38 Round in honour of the late West Australian footballer Dylan Tombides.

Tombides died of testicular cancer in 2014 aged 20.

He was with Premier League club West Ham United at the time of his passing, and came through the junior ranks at NPL WA clubs Perth SC and Stirling Lions.

Those two teams will meet in the DT38 Round feature match at Dorrien Gardens this Saturday afternoon, with kick off at 3.00pm.


Teams and officials at the six matches taking place in WA this weekend will enter the pitch behind a DT38 banner, with respective captains and match officials wearing DT38 t-shirts, as Football West team up with the D38 Australia charity to help raise awareness of testicular cancer.

Clubs are also being encouraged to get their players, members and supporters to take up the offer of a free screening, with a prize up for grabs to the club which gets the most.

“We’ve noticed a pattern that men’s health is not really spoken about," Media and Communications Manager of DT38 Australia Donna Giuffre told the NPL Wrap podcast.

Football West is teaming up the D38 Australia charity to help raise awareness of testicular cancer

"You hear about breast cancer, cervical cancer and what not, but testicular cancer isn’t really spoken about. We’re here to tell people it’s okay to speak about it and go and get checked out.

“It’s sad that we’ve had to have such a tragic loss to open our eyes up. But that’s also the beauty of it, that Dylan’s legacy is also saving lives.

“Every year Ultrasound Services (through) the amazing Duncan Hardy offers free scans from ages 15-45. The next one is in August, so we are going to be advertising that all over our social media platform.

“There’s also going to be a little challenge behind it. So for every player that goes and registers to get the scan done, they need to let them know what club they are from and at the end of that we will be doing a tally and a bag of equipment is going to be donated to the winning club.”

For more details on DT38 Australia, click here.

A minutes applause is observed for Tombides before a Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace in 2014