Above: Senior player Ben Haire, Wayne Martin and Boggabri and District Rugby League Football Club president Greg Haire stand at the foot of Jubilee Oval’s new electronic scoreboard.
The Boggabri and District Rugby League Football Club will host the Gunnedah Bulldogs in round 13 of the Group Four Rugby League competition on Saturday at Jubilee Oval.
The first grade match will be far more than just a hard-hitting game of rugby league with the teams set to battle for the Boyde Campbell Cup.
Boyde Campbell, who played in the centres for the Gunnedah Bulldogs and Boggabri Kangaroos first grade sides, tragically died in October 2017.
Campbell was a Gunnedah junior and came over to play for Boggabri in 2015 before heading back to Gunnedah at the start of the 2017 Group Four Rugby League season.
The two clubs will come together on Saturday to promote men’s mental health.
Special half Boggabri, half Gunnedah jerseys featuring a picture of Boyde Campbell on the back will be auctioned off with proceeds donated to the Beyond Blue foundation which looks to tackle men’s mental health issues.
The two clubs will go head-to-head in first grade, reserve grade and ladies’ league tag.
To kick off the day the Narrabri and District Junior Rugby League under-13s team will play against Gunnedah.
The Gunnedah team will wear Boggabri jerseys in that match.
Boggabri Kangaroos president Greg Haire said this Saturday’s match day was incredibly significant to both the Boggabri and Gunnedah clubs.
“The Boyde Campbell Cup was started by Gunnedah last year,” he said.
“This is the first year we will host the match and it’s really important to us.
“It’s a big game for all of the grades, we have the under-13s opening the day for us, then we have the ladies playing, then reserves and first grade.”
Meanwhile the Boggabri club has just erected a brand new scoreboard in time for the special match.
The electronic scoreboard was built after the club was provided with more than $159,000 from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Community fund.
Haire said the scoreboard was a fantastic addition to Jubilee Oval and the Boggabri club.
“It looks fantastic,” he said.