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Riverway Stadium grandstand to honour Roy

September 29, 2022 9:00 am in by
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Riverway Stadium’s grandstand will be named after a late cricket legend.

Townsville City Council has received multiple requests to name the grandstand after Andrew ‘Roy’ Symonds, who was killed in a car crash at Hervey Range earlier this year.

Mayor Jenny Hill says Andrew Symonds was a legend of the sport and a significant contributor to the Townsville community.

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“Roy was a proud North Queenslander who gave back to the Townsville community through charity and his involvement in junior sports,” Cr Hill says.

“He was also a great friend to many people and would light up any room he was in.

“Roy’s passing has been a tragic loss to our community, and I know his absence is felt far and wide across the country.

“I sincerely want to thank Roy’s wife Laura, their children and his family for their support of the proposal.”

Councillor Maurie Soars says this was a fitting tribute for a legend of the game.

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“Not only did Roy wear the baggy green with pride and distinction, but he also was a prominent figure in the community,” Cr Soars says.

“The work he did around the city with the juniors and the local cricket scene was beyond compare and he did it quietly, ensuring he never took the focus away from our Townsville up-and-coming players.”

Council will now progress with officially naming Riverway Stadium’s grandstand ‘The Andrew ‘Roy’ Symonds Grandstand’.

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