News

"We've lost our best mate"

A crash involving two trucks on the Bruce Highway at The Caves on Sunday claimed the life of Emerald man Scott Boyle.
A crash involving two trucks on the Bruce Highway at The Caves on Sunday claimed the life of Emerald man Scott Boyle.

THE Emerald community was in mourning this week following the loss of one of its most lovable larrikins.

Scott Boyle has been best described by friends as someone who, when called upon, would be there in 20 minutes, and stay all day long. A genuine good bloke and lethal sportsman. Someone with a heart of gold who always made you laugh - just plain good fun to be around.

Mr Boyle died early Sunday morning following a truck accident at The Caves near Rockhampton.

The 38-year-old was doing some weekend work at the time. He died at the scene at 5.50am.

A well-known and lovable character among many Emerald groups, Mr Boyle is best remembered for his selfless nature when it came to sharing his time with others.

"He was the best mate to have," childhood friend and fellow Emerald Magpies cricketer Clayton Parter said.

"He would do anything for you and was always there when you needed him.

"He was such a character - a real individual - always playing jokes and always happy, just a great person to be around.

"I will miss him badly."

Long-time friend Jay Edwards said he was proud to have had "Boyley" as a groomsman at his wedding.

"He was part of the family for many of us. I don't think it's sunk in yet," Mr Edwards said.

"He had time for everybody and he never complained.

"It's tough."

Mr Boyle touched many in the community through his involvement in local sport.

His natural ability was unrivalled, even feared, and his generosity with his time made him an Emerald Magpies stalwart.

Alan "Paw Paw" Douglas said the club was devastated at the loss.

"He was a wonderful asset for the club, both as a player and a person," Mr Douglas said.

"He is deserving of a life membership and it's something I will make sure happens.

"As a player, coach and mentor he will be missed.

"You couldn't ask for more on or off the field from a bloke."

Mr Douglas asked all past and present Magpies players to wear their club dress shirts for a guard of honour at Friday's funeral, which will be at Emerald Anglican Church at 11am.

A wake will be held at the Emerald Golf Club following the ceremony.

Mr Boyle represented Emerald Miners Cricket Club as a junior, and Emerald Magpies as a senior, winning four premierships in a row from 1997-2000.

He represented Queensland and Australia in indoor cricket at U19 level.

He also played representative volleyball and was a gifted squash player.

"He was just a lethal sportsman - just unbelievable," Mr Parter said.

"Boyley never wore a box, he never even wore longs - he always played in work shorts.

"Even in outdoor cricket he only wore one pad; that's how confident he was.

"He loved the spirit and just lived for sport.

"He was a legend - just a genuine Emerald fellow."


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Art will blast students to space camp

The artistic skills of Blackwater State High students will be on display at the 40th art competition and exhibition.

Art will blast students to space camp

Carnival Cravings

Siblings Connor and Hayley Waldron are holding the stall to raise money for a Smart Pup.

Carnival Cravings neighbourhood stall

Cent sale fundraiser

The Junior Blackwater Crushers under-9s team is fundraising for the Paul Bowman Cup.

Cent sale fundraiser for Paul Bowman Cup

Latest deals and offers

Happy third birthday Harvey Norman

EMERALD Harvey Norman is turning three this weekend, and to celebrate they’re throwing a big birthday bash.

Art will blast students to space camp

The artistic skills of Blackwater State High students will be on display at the 40th art competition and exhibition.

Art will blast students to space camp

Carnival Cravings

Siblings Connor and Hayley Waldron are holding the stall to raise money for a Smart Pup.

Carnival Cravings neighbourhood stall

Cent sale fundraiser

The Junior Blackwater Crushers under-9s team is fundraising for the Paul Bowman Cup.

Cent sale fundraiser for Paul Bowman Cup

Marist Race Day

The Marist College race day is on Saturday, May 28, at Pioneer Park in Emerald.

Marist Race Day is on Saturday

Firies Open Day

The Gemfields Fire Brigade is having an open day on Sunday, June 5.

THE Gemfields Fire Brigade is holding an open day

Things to do in Central Queensland this week

Capella Show. Photo Matthew Holdsworth / CQ News

Your guide to events this weekend and throughout the week

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked