Talks of one-off derby put on ice

Campbelltown City Kangaroos after a win this year. Picture: Campbelltown City Kangaroos

Campbelltown City Kangaroos after a win this year. Picture: Campbelltown City Kangaroos

It was the Facebook post that had those involved in the Campbelltown rugby league community talking.

The East Campbelltown Rugby League Supporter Group issued a challenge to Group 6 champions, the Campbelltown City Kangaroos, to take part in a one-off match.

Bragging rights and a proposed $10,000 pot – with each club committing $5000 each – would be a stake.

Gate takings would also be donated to the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer.

However, Kangaroos secretary Alex Melville said the match would not happen as the club was committed elsewhere.

“We are already committed to the Illawarra Coal League pre-season,” he said.

“We committed to that pre-grand final.”

Campbelltown Eagles after a win earlier this year. Picture: Brett Atkins

Campbelltown Eagles after a win earlier this year. Picture: Brett Atkins

The Kangaroos and Eagles have not played each other since East Campbelltown were expelled from the Group 6 competition in 2013.

Eagles coach Richard Barnes said previous derbies between the clubs “were always close games”.

“It would be a great spectacle,” he said.

“And anything for a good cause is a good idea.”

Former Campbelltown councillor, the late Fred Borg, had previously proposed a similar match to be played between the Eagles and the Group 6 premiers in 2014, with all funds raised going to the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer – the charity he founded.

Participants in last year's 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer walkathon. Picture: Anna Warr

Participants in last year's 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer walkathon. Picture: Anna Warr

Current 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer chairman and Campbelltown councillor Warren Morrison, said he’d welcome any event that would help raise funds for the charity.

“There’s was talk of it (a similar match) a few years ago,” he said.

“I haven’t heard anything about it (the proposed fixture) but it would be great and I’d take the donation to the 24 Hour Fight.”

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