Halley Appleby was destined for higher honours in rugby before a freak accident claimed his life on the playing field.
Halley Appleby was destined for higher honours in rugby before a freak accident claimed his life on the playing field. Contributed

Appleby mourned by his teammates

NOOSA’s Halley Appleby, whose funeral service will be held today in Nambour, was destined to play rugby at the highest level.

The 21-year-old carpenter’s apprentice was on the verge of a charge into the top ranks of the sport. But a freak accident during a match in Brisbane last Saturday ended the young Eumundi dynamo’s dream.

He died on Monday after it was decided to turn off his life support.

Halley had been working in Brisbane, but every chance he got he headed home to Noosa to play footy with his mates.

They were part of the Dolphins reserve-grade side that won the Sunshine Coast premiership last year.

This season, the talented hooker started playing with the University of Queensland in the Premier League.

There were some rugby judges who believed the former Noosa Dolphins player would one day be a Wallaby. The Coast’s rugby community was in shock this week and the Dolphins will honour his memory at their game this weekend.

Distressed parents Gary and Sue Appleby were reportedly on the sideline watching their son play for the University of Queensland first-grade side when he received a brain injury and spinal fracture in a tackle described as a “regulation tackle”

The rising star, who grew up in Eumundi and went to school at Good Shepherd Lutheran College, had been on the field for five minutes.


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