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This Saturday (February 28) at Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast, a dozen former champion rugby league players will mix in with players from London, Perth, Queensland, NSW and New Zealand to celebrate the life of Kymberlie Shepherd, one of the game’s great supporters.

In October of last year, Gold Coast girl Kymberlie Shepherd passed away in tragic circumstances whilst giving birth to her and fiancé Wayde Kelly’s first child Kyden, due to an extremely rare condition known as an Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE).

Both Kymmy and Wayde were tireless members of the rugby league community, spending much of their free time coaching/helping/playing at Gold Coast clubs Mullumbimby and Burleigh Heads, then later in London where together they were a driving force behind the success of ex-pat club The Hammersmith Hills Hoists RLFC.

To celebrate the life of Kymmy, raise awareness of AFE and lend a hand to Wayde and little Kyden, the Hills Hoists RLFC will be taking on a combined Gold Coast team for a charity game of rugby league on February 28 at Burleigh Bears JRLFC at Pizzey Park.

Joining in on the occasion will be some big names from years gone by, including Adrian Vowles, Quentin Pongia, Kevin Campion, Clinton Schifcofske, Clinton Toopi, Anthony Laffranchi and Matt Geyer amongst others.

The day will be bolstered further with both Gold Coast Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga cup sides going head to head in a two highly anticipated and always exciting local derbies.

Following the match will be a sportsman’s dinner with a charity auction at the Burleigh Leagues Club.

All are welcome to attend the match and enjoy what promises to be an exceptionally entertaining day of rugby league.

For those interested in attending the Sportsman’s dinner, bookings can be made at

2.00pm: Cyril Connel Cup - Gold Coast White V Gold Coast Green

3.15pm: Mal Meninga Cup - Gold Coast White V Gold Coast Green

4.30pm – Kymberlie Shepherd Memorial match – Hammersmith Hills Hoists RLFC V Gold Coast All Stars

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Queensland Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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