Campese backs vital juniors
INJURED Canberra captain Terry Campese could easily have remained in the national capital to concentrate on recovering for his 2011 NRL season return.
However, the nephew of former international rugby superstar David Campese was happy to be part of Saturday’s flood relief fundraiser.
Having come through the Raiders’ youth system, Campese understands the importance of supporting junior clubs like those affected by floods in and around Ipswich.
“That’s definitely one of the reasons I came up here,” said Campese, 26.
“It’s good to see all the money raised go back to the junior clubs. If we never had junior football players, there wouldn’t be an NRL. We’ve got to look after the grassroots.”
Campese also donated some memorabilia to a Canberra supporter who lost a lot of belongings in the flood.
“It’s good to put a smile on peoples’ faces and just show support and do whatever you can for the local community,” Campese said.
Campese and Queensland Origin great Steve Price mingled with the fans and corporate supporters.
Five-eighth Campese said he enjoyed mixing with the public, especially during his frustrating time recovering from a knee reconstruction.
“I’m still a good three months away from playing,” he said, having torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) last September.
“I’m just doing rehabilitation at the moment. It’s coming along good.
“It’s going to be a bit tough on the sideline but I’ve got to do the right thing.”
Price was also a popular visitor.
Before rain swept across the ground, Price was in the crowd and outside the dressingrooms meeting fans, having his photo taken and signing autographs.
“Unfortunately there’s a lot of tragedies happening around the place but whenever we can help out, we certainly will,” Price said.
The former Toowoomba player had been to Ipswich before, lining up against well-known Ipswich players like Chris Beattie and Anthony Fowler.
“What a great night (in Ipswich) and I’m so glad so many people came out. It’s for a good cause,” Price said.