Final game won for a mate
COFFS HARBOUR is a place of tragedy and triumph for the Sydney University men’s football team.
They dealt with the death of their mate, who was struck by a car at Sapphire on Sunday night, the best way they knew how – by winning their Eastern University Games competition in his honour.
To say they won is an understatement. They walked it in with more than 20 goals to their credit without letting even one slip past their net to clinch their third consecutive university games gold.
Sydney blazed home in yesterday’s final to blitz Macquarie University 4-0 and watching from the sidelines was a large contingent of Sydney University students who raced onto the pitch to celebrate the triumph.
Some of the leaders of the footy team spoke to the Advocate about what they’ve been going through over the past few days following the loss of their friend.
“The day after (the accident) we all got together and decided to stay. It’s what he would have wanted and we did it for him,” one said.
“We’ve banded together.”
Another said: “It’s been really, really emotional the whole week. It’s been hard having to go past the place each morning where the accident happened.”
They acknowledged the support of their university and, in particular, the social workers and counsellors who had helped them deal with their overwhelming grief.
One of the players, who had known the young man who died since he was young, paid this tribute.
“He was very personable, very outgoing, very amicable and loved by all. He had no enemies and had a very infectious character.”