Canberra Raiders captain Terry Campese off to the Queanbeyan races for a farewell

By Chris Dutton
Updated April 23 2018 - 11:19pm, first published December 13 2014 - 5:56pm

Former Canberra Raiders captain Terry Campese will get a farewell, thanks largely to Raiders patron John McIntyre. While Campese didn't get a lap of honour at Canberra Stadium to commemorate his 11 seasons of NRL service to the Raiders, there will be an official farewell function at Queanbeyan races on Boxing Day. There will also be a race named in Campese's honour, which he is dedicating to his charitable foundation. All Raiders members, including members of the group's leagues clubs, are entitled to free entry. McIntyre was involved with the Raiders from the start in 1982 and is a passionate Queanbeyan local, so he has a strong affinity with Campese, who has lived in Queanbeyan his entire life, started his footy career with the Queanbeyan Blues as a six-year-old and played 139 NRL games with the Raiders. "Queanbeyan's a city that produces champions," McIntyre said. "One of the things about retirement or moving on is that players can look forward to a lap of honour in front of the home crowd. Unfortunately for Campo, with injuries and so on, he didn't get that chance. He deserves a dignified departure from the place. There are very few players who go through the NRL that can be proud of the fact they played all their games at the one club. He's in that minority group, the club's had the privilege of his dedicated and loyal service over 11 years." The Boxing Day meeting is the biggest of the year at Queanbeyan, attracting about 4000. Campese leaves for England on December 28 where he will take up a one-year deal with the Hull Kingston Rovers.

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