Former Canberra Raiders captains Terry Campese and Jason Croker involved in cancer charity match

With a young family of his own, Queanbeyan Kangaroos captain Brent Crisp couldn't afford to donate, but he could afford his time.

A phone call to mate John Hawke and less than 48 hours later the ball was rolling for a charity match to help raise funds for a young family who have lost their best friend, wife and mother.

Samantha Bettay died in February after she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma cancer in her lower spine in 2014.

She left behind her husband Eddie and two young children, five-year-old Aaliyah and Joseph, three.

Crisp knew Eddie from their time playing for Belconnen Scholars in 2012 and he also knew about the GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help the family.

While he couldn't chip in himself, he still wanted to help and came up with the idea of a charity game at Seiffert Oval.


It'll pit the Queanbeyan All Stars up against the Canberra All Stars at the spiritual home of the Canberra Raiders.

"I heard the bad news that Sam had been told about the terminal cancer. I think one of our mates might have started up a GoFundMe page to help out," Crisp said.

"I saw it and unfortunately having a family of my own and having three young kids as well I couldn't really donate.

"I sat at home thinking, 'What could I do to help a mate out?' and then it came to me - I've been involved in a couple of charity games around country NSW so I called John Hawke who was a good friend and the coach back in 2012 and tossed the idea up to him.

"Within 48 hours we had jerseys ordered, had a ground to play at and everything just snowballed."

They've now organised jersey's, "six or seven" former Raiders players including ex-captains Terry Campese and Jarrod Croker, Lincoln Withers, David Howell and Matthew Gafa.

Eddie, who plays for the Queanbeyan Blues, will also take part.

There's also a post-game function at Walsh's Hotel in Queanbeyan, where they'll be items up for auction like the NRL All Stars jersey St George Illawarra second-rower Joel Thompson organised that's been signed by both teams from this year's game - including Raiders captain Jarrod Croker.

"What we're doing is a Queanbeyan All Stars against a Canberra All Stars. You've got Terry, Jason Croker's playing, Linc Withers, David Howell, Matthew Gafa are all having a run," Crisp said.

"So we're going to have six or seven ex-Raiders boys coming together and stepping out for a good cause. Can't wait for it really."


Saturday: Queanbeyan All Stars v Canberra All Stars at Seiffert Oval, 4pm. Donate at