The Boyde Campbell Cup charity fundraiser day will return for a third time in 2020, with the Boggabri and Gunnedah Group Four Rugby League clubs to once again play in memory of their mate.
Boyde played for both the Boggabri and District Rugby League Football Club and the Gunnedah Rugby League Football Club, primarily as a lock and centre.
In 2017 Boyde tragically took his own life, leaving behind two sons Arlie and Vann.
Boyde’s two former clubs joined forces to organise the Boyde Campbell Cup fundraiser, which in 2019 raised $21,798.
Boggabri and District Rugby League Club president Greg Haire told The Courier that 75 per cent of that went to Boyde’ two children Arlie and Vann who received $8175 each to go into trust funds.
The remaining $5,448 went to Beyond Blue, which provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Boggabri hosted the 2019 Boyde Campbell Cup after Gunnedah hosted the inaugural event in 2018.
In 2020 the cup match will be contested in Gunnedah, with the Kangaroos determined to win it for the first time.
The Bulldogs won 48-34 on home soil in 2018 before reclaiming the cup with a 44-26 victory last year.
However the game, and the entire event itself, is about so much more than rugby league which Boggabri Kangaroos first grade coach Shane Rampling highlighted at last year’s match.
“Today is all about remembering the past, especially the impact that mental health can have on the players, families and supporters,” Rampling said.
“Men especially are not good at expressing their feelings and when times are tough and they are depressed they need to remember that someone is listening and we do care.
“Rugby league is a great community, they support each other and as you see here today they are more than happy to help.”
The date of this year’s game is unknown, with the 2020 Group Four Rugby League draw yet to be released.
Meanwhile there has been a change in the coaching ranks at Boggabri, with reserve grade coach Darren Certoma replaced by Craig Summers who now takes the reins for the 2020 season.To order photos from this page click here